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"OLD STORIES TOLD ANEW."
In the revision of this short series of old stories, enjoying unrivalled popularity
in their original form, the incidents, plot and dialouil! have tlii 'llhout .'i'i carefully
pv,.:'rvi.'d as far as possible; the object of the omiimi,~-~ nuil in the text being to
simplify and adapt it to the modern tastes of -iiinr' r readers of the present ,.niir-ation,
to whom the new and interesting style of the illustrations will (.-.pl,,,ially appeal.
THE Swiss FAMILY ROBINSON.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
I. Nearing land on raft .
2. Jack and the crab ..
3. Turk kills a monkey .
4. Supper time .- .
5. Bringing animals from wreck .
6. Falcon's Nest . .
7. Rock House .
8. The stranded Whale ..
9. The Boa Constrictor .
o1. The Lions . .
I Farewell .
12. Review of Animals .
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Che 8wiss Family fobinson.
he storm had lasted for six days, and still raged around us. The ship
was leaking fast, and all on board gave themselves up for lost. My
poor wife and four boys clung to me in terror, and I tried to give them
courage, and to pray to God to help us. Suddenly we heard above the
storm the glad cry of "land" "land" and at the same moment the ship
struck, and when the first shock was over we found that she had
become fixed firmly between the rocks. Then the boats were
launched, and before I could fight my way on deck, I found that the
crew had all left the ship. A sailor was just cutting the last rope of the last
boat, and although I shouted to him that we had been forgotten, my voice was
lost in the roar of the wind and waves. Trying to shake off my terror at the
thought of being thus forsaken on the sinking ship, I went back to my family and
reminded them that we were quite near some land to the south of us, and that
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as part of the ship was still well above water we should perhaps be able to
land the next day when the storm was over. The boys soon went to their berths
and fell asleep, but my wife and I sat up all night, in dread of what might happen
at any moment. At the first break of dawn I went on deck, and found that the
wind and sea were'both much calmer, and we then began to prepare some means
of leaving the ship. My eldest son Fritz, a brave boy of fifteen, had proposed
that he and I should swim to shore and that we should contrive some way of
floating the others in tubs or making a raft of some kind for them. First we
searched the ship for stores of anything likely to be of use to us. Fritz collected
guns, pistols, powder and shot. Ernest, who was about 12 years old, found tools
and nails in the carpenters shop. Little Frank, the youngest, who was only six,
brought a box of fish-hooks and lines: while Jack, a bright boy of ten discovered
two large dogs in the Captains cabin. My wife found a cow, a donkey, two goats,
a sheep, a ram and a sow, all very hungry, to whom she gave food and water,
just in time to save their lives.
Then we all went down to the hold where many empty casks were floating
about, and raised four of them to the lower deck, where with Fritz's help I sawed
each of them in two and then we fixed the eight tubs in pairs, four in a row
lengthways with planks nailed along them outside until they formed a sort of boat
in eight- divisions. It was not easy to launch this but at last we made wooden
rollers over which it rushed into the sea. It was some time before we could right
our vessel so that it could put to sea in safety, but by fastening other casks around
it to balance the weight more evenly, the boat at last floated steadily upon the
sea. It was too late however to start that evening, so we had to pass one more
night on the wreck. At daybreak I prayed with my family for protection from
heaven before we prepared to leave the ship. We fed all the poor animals, and
left them food for a few days, in case we were able to fetch them later on, should
we get safely to land. We each took a large bag of food, besides as much portable
soup and biscuits as we could carry, canvas for a tent and iron pot, some knives,
hatchets etc. Several guns, a barrel of powder, and three pairs of pistols. At
the last minute we decided to take the poultry with us, so we put ten hens and
two cocks into a tub covered with a wooden grating. We let the geese, ducks,
and pigeons loose to get to land by flying or swimming. Then we all got into
our tubs I cut the rope that held the boat, and we rowed towards land. We each
had a swimming belt of empty bottles and barrels in case of accident. The dogs
were too big to take on board but as soon as they saw us start, they leaped
into the sea and swam after us. Turk was an English mastiff and Bill a
Danish dog. I was afraid they would not be able to swim so far, but now
and then they rested their paws on the barrels floating around us and so kept
up very well.
We were some time getting to land, and as we drew nearer to the coast,
we were thankful to see fine trees of, vanclus lihg palms. A strong current led
us to a small bay among the rocks, where we all landed safely and happily.
We knelt down on the shore to thank God for His care of us, and pray for His
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continued protection. We set up a tent to shelter us for the night, and while the
children collected dry grass and moss for us to lie upon I made a hearth of stones
for a fire, outside the tent. Upon this fire my wife cooked supper for us of the
soup jelly we had brought from the ship, as it was being prepared Fritz who had
loaded the guns took one and went along by the river, while Jack turned towards
the rocks to look for mussels, and soon we heard him shrieking with terror in
the distance. When I went to his assistance I found him in a pool up to his
knees, an enormous crab holding him tightly by the leg.
"Papa do come here-I have caught such an immense thing"-he cried, half
in triumph and half in fear-
"Well then bring it here"-said I.
"I can't it has caught me."
I could not help laughing to see the captor taken captive in this way,
but as I waded into the water to help him, the creature let go, and tried to escape,
but I struck it a blow with a hatchet, and drew it ashore to Jack's great joy. He
took hold of it to carry it to his mother but received such a violent blow from
the crab that he lay at full length on the sand and roared again. Then he took
up a stone killed his foe, and carried it home in triumph.
"Here everybody-1 have caught a great crab" take care, Frank-he will
bite you", cried Jack, as all came round to look at his prize. Ernest meanwhile
had found some oysters. Fritz soon returned with a little animal he had shot
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which he thought was a pig but it proved to be an agouti, and very good to eat.
The dogs however began to devour it at once, and Fritz punished them so cruelly
for it that I was obliged to scold him severely. We noticed after supper that it
grew suddenly dark, without any twilight, so I knew that we could not be far
from the Equator, where the sun's rays fall so straight down upon the land beneath
that they disperse very quickly. We were all tired and soon slept soundly.
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he crowing of the cocks awoke me at daybreak, and my first thought
was that we should seek for some of our shipwrecked companions, and
at the same time explore the country, before arranging what we would
do: but I only wished to take Fritz on this expedition, so my wife agreed
; to stay at home with the other boys. We decided that Turk should go
l. with us, and Bill be left to take care of the rest of the family.
,' JI Fritz took a gun, game bag and hatchet, with a pair of pistols
S in his belt, and I did the same, with a bottle of water and some biscuits.
As soon as we had said prayers,- and had breakfast, we started, not knowing
what dangers might await us in this unknown land. We were not able to cross
the river for some time, as the banks in some places were high and steep, and
on the other side we found some very long grass. Here we went down on the
beach without finding any traces of our late companions, and then entered a
small wood full of beautiful birds, whose song was not so sweet as that of those
of our own country. We often had to cut our way through the numberless boughs
that crossed our path, and at every step some new strange plant or tree appeared.
"What are those trees with curious swellings on the trunk" cried Fritz,
as we were coming out of the wood towards the seashore. As we drew near
OUR FIRST EXCURSION. 7
them I was delighted to find that they were gourdtrees, and explained to Fritz
that from the shell of these gourds we should be able to make plates, cups and
bottles. Then we tried to shape them into these things, and I shewed Fritz how
the savages split the gourds by tying a cord tightly round the part of the fruit
they wish to divide and the pulling or cutting it asunder. We made a quantity
of bowls and jars of different sizes, and filling them with fine sand to keep
them in shape, left them to dry in the sun until our return. In about four hours
more we went up a hill of considerable height on a cape stretching out towards the
sea: and from this point we could see far around us on every side of the island,
which was fruitful and lovely. Next we came to a boggy march full of long
grass and reeds, and when I cut one of the thickest I could find to use as a
staff a sticky liquid oozed from it, which 1 tasted, and found to be sugar: I did
not tell Fritz that we were passing through a grove of sugar canes, but advised
him to cut a stick for himself, and. then he too made this pleasant discovery. He
sucked so much of the juice that I was afraid he would make himself ill, and
then he cut down about a dozen of the finest canes to carry home to the others.
We soon reached a thicket of palms where we rested for some time, and refreshed
ourselves with something to eat. Suddenly a tribe of large monkeys, frightened
at our approach and the barking of Turk, climbed up the trees so fast that we
could hardly follow their movements. Once safely up there they ground their teeth
with horrid cries. The trees were cocoa-nut palms, and I at once resolved to
make the monkeys pluck the fruit for us. Fritz was going to shoot at the grinning
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apes, but I advised him to throw stones at them instead, with the result as I had
forseen that they pelted us with cocoa-nuts, some of which we thoroughly enjoyed
then and there, taking away as many we could carry for those at home presently
we made our way back to the place where we had left our gourds, and found
them so dry and hard that we easily could take them with us. But as we entered
the little wood again, Turk darted amongst, a troop of monkeys, who were playing
about, heedless of our approach, and before we could get up to him, he had
strangled a poor old mother, who was nursing her little ape. Fritz ran as hard
as he could to save her from the dog, but it was too late: the poor ape who was
watching the death of his poor mother no sooner saw Fritz than it jumped upon
his back, and clung so tightly to his hair that he could not get rid of his new
acquaintance I could not help laughing at this strange scene and said to Fritz-
"The poor thing has lost his mother, and evidently wishes you to be a
father to it. I wonder if he thinks you at all like himself."
"I suppose he means to pay me a compliment, but I wish you could induce
him to leave off tearing my hair in this way"-said Fritz good naturedly. I petted
the creature, offered it something to eat, and at length coaxed it to set Fritz free.
It was not bigger than a kitten and quite unable to care for itself. Fritz begged
my consent to take it home, and promised to feed it as well as he could, so I
allowed him to keep his protege' Turk meanwhile finished his horrid meal, for he
was very hungry, and when he had eaten all he cuuld of the poor monkey quickly
joined us again. The little one was terrified when he saw his enemy come near
A TRIBE OF MONKEYS. 9
him, and took refuge in Fritz's
arms. The boy took a cord -
and passed it round Turk's
neck, put the monkey on the dog's b a-ck
and the cord in the rider's handle, a.ind
told Turk that as he had eaten up: this
poor little monkeys mother, he was IiiiIndl tI
be a kind protector to the orphan, andl Turk
seemed quite to understand what \\x; i. xpeni.l 't of
him, and carried his burden gently.
"We shall return to the te:l: lik, lhini-nl en from '..i
a fair," said I to Fritz, "your brothers x\\ill : d1 h litilteil a ',itlh til, Hnii pet."
When we came to the river again ,ur ieali n'i: -er \-r \\tiling ,ir 11; "
on the opposite side, and scarcely had the children seen what we ibrluight when
they jumped for joy. at the sight of the little ape.
"A real live monkey? How did you get him Fritz" said Jack. "And what
are those sticks, and the great bowls that Papa is carrying?" added little Frank.
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Jack took my gun, Ernest seized the cocoa-nuts, Frank took the gourds
and my wife the gun bags. Fritz distributed the sugar canes, and shewed how
to suck out the sugar.
When we reached the tent we found a capital supper ready for us. One
side of the fire several sorts of fish were cooking on a wooden spit: on the other
side was a goose roasting, and an iron pot hung over the fire with some good
soup. My wife had opened one of the chests, which was filled with Dutch cheeses
carefully packed in tins. I praised all these arrangements for our comfort, and
only expressing some regret at the sacrifice of one of our few geese, but my
"You need not worry about that, for the goose is only a wild bird
Ernest caught, which he said was good to eat, and Frank caught the fish."
"I believe the bird was one of those stupid penguins," said Ernest, who
had a great taste for natural history, and liked to display it. It had webbed
feet, like all water birds and a long flat strung beak. It is just like the pictures
I have seen of the penguins."
We sat down upon the ground and enjoyed our supper, which wve ate
out of our gourds. The children broke two cocoa-nuts, and found them very good,
and then fed the little monkey with some of the cocoa-nut milk. The fish was
rather nice, but the penguin turned out tough and fishy, though we tried to eat
some of it. The sun disappeared suddenly soon after supper, and we prepared
to go to bed. The hens went to roost at the top of the tent, the ducks and geese
ATTACKED BY JACKALS. 11
went off to the rushes, and after our evening prayer we lay down in the tent
with the monkey which Fritz had decided to call Knips.
We had not been long asleep when the cackling of the hens and barking
of the dogs awoke us. Fritz and I each seized a gun and rushed outside. By
the moonlight we saw our two brave dogs surrounded by a whole troop of jackals
of which they had killed three or four. Fritz and I both fired together, two
jackals rolled over on the sand dead, others were wounded, and the rest ran away.
We then went to sleep again, and were not disturbed any more after that.
In the morning the children found the great jackal that Fritz had shot
standing stiff up against the door where he had placed it, the night before, and
Ernest called it a yellow fox, Jack took it for a wolf, and Frank for a dog, and as
the jackal is like all these animals in nature, I told them all they had all
made very good guesses.
We were hungry when breakfast time came, and glad to find plenty of
butter in one of our casks to eat with our ship biscuit. The poor dogs had been
hurt in fighting the jackals and it was some days before their wounds were quite
healed. I had made up my mind to pay a visit to the wreck with Fritz that day.
For although my poor wife did not like us to run any risk, I felt it right to try
and get all we could that would be of use in our desolate state. While Fritz was
getting our boat of tubs ready I set up a flagstaff on the beach with a piece of
canvas as a flag signal while we were on the ship. It was to be lowered in case
of danger, and three or four shots would bring us back at once. We took only
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our guns with us, and Fritz carried the monkey to give it some fresh milk from
the cow on board. We reached the ship safely and made fast our boat, and went
on board. The animals were delighted to see us, and we gave them fresh water
and food, and then we took something to eat ourselves. We next fixed a sail in
our boat, to help us in our return journey, and then we made a signal to my wife
that we were going to stay on board the night, by putting up a flag.
We took everything from the ship that seemed most likely to be of use
to us, knives, forks, spoons, and cooking vessels, also a quantity of hams, sausages,
and some sacks of maize and other grain. Then we took some hammocks and
blankets, some more powder, matches, cord, and a roll of canvas. After this we
each put on a cork jacket, and being afraid to spend the night on the sinking ship.ot
into our tubs to be ready in case of any sudden danger, but the night passed
without any cause for alarm.
l he next morning early we looked out for the signal that all was well
with our dear ones on shore, and then we set to work to try and save
the animals on board. The plan we thought of was to let them swim
S on shore, and lest their strength should fail if tired, we fixed a cask
: on each side of the animals which enabled them to float with less fatigue,
and thus they all got safely to land. There was a cow, an ass, a sow,
and several sheep and goats, and when we had started them all one by
one, we sprang into our boat and cut the cables, and having fastened
towing ropes to all the animals, guided them towards land: All at once we saw
an enormous fish swimming with great speed towards one of our sheep, but Fritz
fired wiith so good an aim that the bullets struck the monster in the head, and
he only rose once or twice feebly to the surface before he disappeared for ever.
We then met with no further difficulty, and soon landed safely. The boys all
came running to greet us, and admired our mast and sail and flag, and then Jack
went down to the beach to take the swimming jackets off the sheep and goats, going into
fits of laughter at the donkey's efforts to rid himself of his casks. Jack had made
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himself a belt of the jackal's skin, and collars for the dogs of the same fur, spiked
with nails to protect them in their fights with wild beasts. The ham we had
brought, with some tortoise's eggs found by the party at home in our absence,
made a grand feast for that evening, and the animals picked up what fragments
they could. After supper my wife told me that she and the boys had made a long
excursion with the two dogs across the river into the woods on the other side, and
that she had been quite delighted with the country, and with the wonderful trees
that grew at an immense height above the ground, supported upon roots as thick
as the largest trunks, one being thirty-four feet round in one part, and eighty feet
in another, while the height of the tree from the ground must have been about a
hundred and fifty feet. The foliage was thick and gave pleasant shade and my
wife thought that we could not find a better abode in this climate than in one of
these tr-.,s for the tent could not be long suitable for a really comfortable shelter.
I was amused at this idea, and asked how she proposed to get up into the tree every
night without either wings or a balloon: but she declared that she had often heard
of huts like Robinson Cfrusoe's built in a tree with a ladder leading up to it. In
the morning I said to my wife:
"I have been thinking over what you say, but it seems to me we might
do worse than stay where we are. On one side we have the sea, with a river
near for our wants, and much still on the "xvreck that may be useful to us."
"That may be so" replied my wife, "but you are out all day with Fritz,
and forget how great the heat is under this tent in the middle of the day. We
THE BRIDGE. 15
have nothing to eat except mus-
'B sels and oysters, and the jackals,
S''.: as you know, have already
.g found us out: I expect lions and
."' tigers here before long. As to
the ship's stores, I never know
.a' moment's peace while you are on
I assured her that if she wished it so
ir much, we would go and live in the woods, and
make a sort of fort of the rocks around
our tent. But before this I proposed
to build a bridge across the river, which
would otherwise be impassable when
floods came in the rainy season. To
See Page 6 get planks for this I made another
journey to the wreck with Fritz and
Ernest, and on our way home we picked up many floating pieces of wood and spars,
but it was not easy to haul up on shore such large masses of timber, and we
made the cow and donkey drag some of it to land. We measured the width of
the river by means of a ball of twine with a stone fastened to one end of the
string, which we threw to the opposite bank,and found the distance from one side to
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the other to be about eighteen feet, and there were planks long enough to cross it
and leave some feet on each bank to fix the bridge firmly. It was difficult
to place the first plank across, but after that we soon finished our bridge, in one
hard days work, and the following day we collected all our animals and stores,
and loaded the cow and donkey with all they could carry, little Frank too riding
on the donkeys back. Fritz and his mother marched first-then came the cow, and
ass with it's rider: following them the goats led by Jack, the monkey riding one
of the goats. After him came Ernest with the sheep, and I walked last, while the
dogs ran here and there on the look-out. So we got to the bridge, and here we
were joined by the pig who would not come with us at first, and now shewed her
discontent by constant grunts. The bridge was passed safely, but the animals
strayed in every direction on the other side to enjoy the fresh sweet grass, and
but for our faithful dogs, we should never have been able to get them together
again. Suddenly the dogs darted away into the grass, and began to bark and
howl as if they were hurt. Fritz shouldered his gun, and ran towards them Jack
following him, and by the time I got to them Jack cried out that there was an
enormous porcupine. The dogs with bleeding jaws were leaping round it, and
whenever they attacked the animal it rolled itself up into a ball, with a sharp
cry, offering nothing but spikes to his enemies, so that the brave dogs could not
Jack instantly drew a pistol from his jacket-skin belt, took aim and shot
the porcupine through the head, so that it fell dead'on the spot.
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"Is it possible"- cried Jack rather boastfully, "that I have killed a por-
cupine? look how it's armed on all sides, and what a fine crest it has on its head."
"What are you going to do with it," said I.
"I hope we may take it with us", said Jack in reply so we covered it
with a thick layer of grass then rolled it in a piece of canvas, and placed it in
a bag on the donkeys back.
I was charmed with the spot my wife had chosen for our new abode,
and agreed with her that if we could live in one of those magnificent trees we
should certainly be safe from all wild beasts, as not even a bear could climb so
high upon those smooth trunks. We found that they were wild fig trees and
thousands of figs were strewn in the grass around. We were now quite ready
for dinner, but until we had had time to make a rope ladder I saw no prospect
of being able to climb into the tree which we had selected as our future abode.
S s it was impossible to get up into the tree that night I slung our hammocks
S that we might have shelter at all events from the dew and insects. Then
I went up with Fritz and Ernest to look for the wood we should want
S to make our ladder, and fortunately we found a bundle of bamboos,
|\ half buried in the sand. They were so strong that we thought they
would do, so I cut them into lengths of about four or five feet. Just then
Bill, who was with us, rushing suddenly into the thicket, started a flock.of
a>% flamingoes which rose quickly in the air. Fritz instantly fired, and hit
two of them. One was killed, and the other was only wounded in the wing. It
ran away at a great pace, but with Bill's help I succeeded in catching it at last.
The boys were delighted with the live flamingo and Ernest undertook to get him
the small fish and insects with which he would have to be fed. Fritz asked if
all flamingoes had plumage of the same brilliant red as this one, and I told him
that I thought the young birds were generally white, and only put on their finery
when they were full grown.
When we got back to our camp with our bamboo canes and the flamingo,
THE ROPE LADDER. 19
I set to work to measure the height of the lower branches of the tree from the
ground, and found it to be no less than forty feet, so that at least eighty feet of
rope would be required for the rope ladder we had to make. I made a bow with
one of the bamboo canes and half a dozen arrows of reeds tipped with feathers,
and with these shot a long string right over the branch of the tree to the ground,
by which we could be more sure of the exact height-:
We divided the rope into two lengths of about fifty feet each and laid
them on the ground with a few inches space between them, and then we cut the
bamboos into pieces about two feet long, and knotted them firmly on each side to
the rope. In a short time -our forty-feet ladder was made and safely fastened to
the tree, and very soon tested first by Jack, then by Fritz, and myself.
My wife had prepared a good supper for us of the porcupine killed the
day before, and then we all got into our hammocks for the night, after lighting
a great fire to scare away the wild beasts, as the savages do. The next day was
employed in building our new house in the branches of the tree which in itself
afforded so much shelter that our task was an easy one. The roof was formed of
some of the higher branches of the tree woven together at the top and covered
with a strong canvas covering, beneath which hung our hammocks, and by evening
the work was completed. Of the planks remaining we made a table and two forms
at the root of the tree. My wife was greatly pleased with our castle in the air,
and said she should feel quite safe up there, and 'then reminded me that we should
all take a good rest after our hard work the next day, which was Sunday. We
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spent our Sunday morning in reading some parts of the Holy Bible which I thought
most suitable to our present condition, and then I allowed my boys to enjoy a little
amusement which would prevent them from feeling the time pass heavily or slowly
on their hands. They wished very much to learn to use the bows and arrows I
had made, and I thought it wise to teach them to shoot well with these weapons
while they were young, that we might be able to do without powder when our
supply was all gone. Indeed Ernest succeeded in hitting two birds, (called ortolans),
like small pigeons, and although I forbade them to kill any more of them that
day, we were glad to find a new and delicious kind of food within our reach. We
then employed ourselves in finding names for the places on our island. The bay
where we landed we called Safety Bay: our first encampment we named Zelt-heim,
or Tent House. The little island near which Fritz killed the shark, became Shark
Island, and the marsh where he shot the flamingo, Flamingo Marsh: and the river
near which the jackals attacked us, Jackal River Last of all we chose the name
of Falcon's Nest for our new abode. In the cool of the evening we took an excur-
sion to Zeltheim, with all the animals, including the flamingo, who had now grown
quite tame, and followed me with a stately strut. We went by a new road to the
sea-shore, and on the way made a valuable discovery of potatoes. Further on we
came to many beautiful plants and shrubs growing among the rocks, and to the
boys delight found some pineapples. From Zeltheim we carried back to the
Falcon's Nest a fresh supply of salt, all the ducks and geese we had left there,
and once more mounting our ladder, had a comfortable night's rest on our aerial home.
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My next task was to make a sledge that could be used to convey the
heavy casks of butter and other stores still at Zeltheim, and as soon as it was
finished Ernest and I harnessed the donkey and cow to it, and set off along the
sea-shore. We loaded our sledge with all the stores it would hold, and then en-
joyed a good bathe in the sea, after which Ernest cleverly caught a fine salmon,
and on-our way back just as we had crossed the bridge, Bill, who was with us
started a curious animal, that proved to be a kangaroo. We both fired, and
Ernest's shot brought it down, so we carried the prize home in triumph to Falcon's
Nest, where we had part of it for supper and with the salmon and some potatoes
we all did very well.
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he next morning Fritz went over to the wreck again, intending to make a
raft this time that would hold three times as much as our boat of tubs
and it took us the whole day to do this. We were so tired when night
came that we slept on board the ship in the Captain's cabin, and enjoyed
a most comfortable nights rest. We took away everything belonging to
ourselves on board, and several boxes of money and jewels from the
officers' cabins, but the carpenter's chest of tools of all kinds, some
sacks of grain and a number of fine European fruit-trees, ready for
planting, were of more real value in our eyes. When the boat and raft were both
full of the most useful things we could put in them, Fritz asked to be allowed
to bring a new net and towing-rope, to which a harpoon was fixed so that he
might use it if necessary, and then we set out on our return journey. The wind
was favorable and we were sailing quietly along when we came near an enormous
turtle, floating on the surface of the water, and to my great surprise I suddenly
felt an enormous shock, our boat was dragged quickly away, and then Fritz exclaimed.
"I have got him, he can't escape me now" I at once saw that the boyhad
harpooned the turtle, and was going to cut the cord and let it go, but Fritz begged
so earnestly for a chance of securing the turtle, which was towing us along at an
TOWED BY A TURTLE.
immense rate, that I managed to steer the boat in the direction of Falcons Nest,
and as our pilot exhausted by swimming, was about to, crawl upon land, I gave
him a severe blow on the head with my hatchet, and cut off his head. We then
made fast the boat and raft, and loading the sledge with all it could carry, the
turtle alone weighing about three hundred pounds. So we returned to our Nest
in triumph, and our first care was to prepare some turtle for supper, after which Fritz
made up his mind that the shell should be turned into a bath to be fixed on the
river bank, Ernest was eager to shew us some yams he had found, from which
we could make cassava bread. That night and the next morning we carried all
the things on shore we had brought from the wreck, and as the sea was calm
and the weather fine I risked another visit on board with Jack and Fritz, and
then we made an important discovery of a pinnance stowed away amongst the
timber. It had been taken to pieces, so we had not time to put it together and
launch it that day, but we found many useful things, amongst others three wheel-
barrows, some tobacco graters, and large iron plates, which I meant to turn to
account in a way of my own. My wife was not much pleased to hear of the
pinnance, as she never liked our going often to the wreck, but I changed the
subject by telling her how I thought we could make good bread by grinding the
solid parts of the yams into flour with the tobacco scrapers and afterwards baking
it in an oven made by the iron plates and this plan succeeded so well that we
had plenty of nice bread and biscuits of our own baking in a little while. I
could not rest now until we had put the pinnance together and made it our own,
24 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
but it took us a week to do this, and then we were delighted with this pretty,
light boat, so different from our clumsey old tub-raft. The difficulty was to
launch her from the ship, but at last I made up my mind to lay a train of gun-
powder, and blow up the side of the wreck where the beautiful pinnace lay shut
up, and this I did secretly, setting fire to the slow match as we left the ship. We
had just landed at Zeltheim when the explosion took place. My wife and the
boys were all wondering what it could be, and then I proposed rowing out to see
for ourselves. All the boys came with me and as we got near the wrecked vessel,
I found to my great joy that the pinnace lay open to our view, without being at
all injured by the explosion around her. We soon managed to launch her into the
sea, and then mooring her to the wreck, went home. During the next two days
we put up her rigging and sails, and mounted the two small cannons belonging to
her, and then taking our old boat of tubs in tow, we sailed in state over to Zelt-
heim, and as we entered the bay fired a royal salute from our guns to announce
our arrival. My wife welcomed us back very warmly, admired the pinnace as
much as we did, and the next day we all joyfully returned to our favourite
Falcon's Nest, where we found plenty to do. We soon made an expedition into the
country, and caught a very fine bustard on our way to the Monkey Wood to get a
supply of cocoa-nuts. Here we met with an enormous land-crab which we killed,
and then collected more gourds, to be made into useful vessels to hold our food
and milk. The boys were looking for some fresh water to drink when they came
upon what they thought was a crocidile asleep upon a rock but I found it was an
animals from the Wreck.
See P:i-e r
CAPTURING AN IGUANA. 25
iguana, one of the large richly coloured lizards of tropical America, which are said
to be very good to eat, so I supplied a noose for his head whistling softly all the
time to tame him, for these are known to listen most attentively to any kind of
musical sound. The monster made great resistance but we got the better of him
at last, although his formidable row of teeth was enough to terrify the boys. As
we had no other way of carrying off our prize I hoisted the iguana on my shoulders,
like a great purple robe, the boys in turn holding up the long tail behind. We
then returned with our spoils to Falcon's Nest. On our next excursion we found
candle-berries, growing on the myrica cerefera or wax-plant, and,of these we made
a large store for candles, which we had wanted very much until now. We also
discovered india-rubber trees, with their elastic gum oozing from the bark of
which I could make waterproof boots and shoes, and many other useful things.
1 t during the next few weeks we employed ourselves in planting trees all
Sound our encampment at Zeltheim as a protection in case of being attacked
at any time, and we also fixed the sledge upon wheels which we had
"- brought from the ship, and thus turned it into a waggon. In time too our
clothes began to wear out very fast, and we made our last expedition
Si' to the ship to carry away all the chests of linen, etc. we could find
on board, and secure some of the smaller cannon also: and when we
had stripped the old ship, of everything likely to be of use. to us I
boldly resolved to blow up the rest of the wreck, that the pieces of timber and
other valuables yet remaining in her might in time be washed ashore on our island.
So we rolled a cask of gunpowder into the hold, and fixed it to a long
fuse that would .burn for some hours, and having lighted it returned as quickly
as possible to Safety Bay. We had our supper on a hill where we could see the
explosion well, and at night fall a tremendous explosion and bright flash of-fire
told us that the ship was gone!
But we felt grieved to see the last of her and in silence returned to our
tent, sorry to have- parted from an old and faithful friend. After storing up the
wreckage where we thought it would be most useful to us, we again went back
HERD OF BUFFALOES. 27
to Falcon's Nest, and soon made a further expedition from thence in search of
sugar-canes, guavas, and candleberries for our household. Ernest distinguished
himself by finding a palm cabbage for us and bringing down from the tree where
it grew, the delicious liquid that flows from it, when cut. We decided to camp
out that night, under shelter of a hut of branches and leaves, and as we were
preparing this, the donkey behaved in a most extraordinary manner, and after,
kicking and jumping about, gave a loud "hee-haw," dashed off at full gallop into
the forest, and disalpp'a redt. As the dogs did not seem inclined to hunt their old
companion like a wild beast, and darkness had fallen upon us, we left the donkey
to its fate, and loading the gmui-, lighted a fire, stretched ourselves upon our grassy
beds for the night, and slept soundly and safely. In the ilmorning we found traces
of the donkey's hoofs, which led to a plain of great ex.l'nl, where a wide river
flowed down to the sea. Here Jack and I found footprints of the iss in the
wet sand, mixed with other marks of different form and size, and across
the immense prairie that now lay before us we could see, far away in the distance,
a herd of wild animals like cows, that we had not iifnri- met with. We tried to
approach llt-se buffaloes, for such they were, without being seen by them, for
giant ri1-.- as thick as a man's body, grew on the marshy ground to a
height of ten or twelve feet. At last we were within about forty paces of the
herd, vho looked so wild and. strong that I felt not a little alarmed but the
buffaloes, who seemed never to have seen man before, did not attempt either to
advance or retreat. I had made up my mind to retire quietly when unfortunately
28 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
Turk and Bill came up. The buffaloes at once began to bellow and paw the ground,
and toss their heads about in a frightful way, but the dogs bravely attacked a
young buffalo a few paces in front of the herd, and seizing it by the ears, held
fast to it, and tried to drag it towards us. The fight was begun and we could
not forsake our poor dogs, so with loudly beating hearts we both fired at the
same instant at the buffaloes, and to our unspeakable joy we saw them halt, and
then turning away,, gallop over the plain at full speed to the range of hills in the
distance. But one of the herd, probably the mother of the calf attacked by the
dogs, had been wounded, and furiously charging upon the dogs, she would no doubt
have killed them outright had I not by a timely shot rolled her over as she rushed
forward, and at once put an end to her sufferings with a pistol shot.
It was only then that we really felt the danger we had escaped. I was
surprised at the coolness Jack had shewn in facing death without any sign of
terror or alarm, but we had no time to lose in hastening to the help of the poor
dogs, and Jack came to their rescue by cleverly casting his sling around the
animal's hind legs, so that he fell to the ground, and we were then able to tie his
legs tightly enough to prevent his escape.
"It is lucky we have managed to catch this young bull," said Jack, "as
we can't find our runaway donkey. Now we shall be able to yoke our buffalo
to the cow instead."
"I don't know how you mean to get him to Falcon's Nest," I replied.
TAMING A BUFFALO.
way I can : --. ,
think of is to
try and tame
him as the natives
Then holding him
down with the help of the
dogs, with my sharp pointed knife,
I slit a hole through his nose, and
passed a cord through it and as
the slightest twitch of the cord hurt
him very much, he was s:Io n glad to keep
quiet and allowed me ti, lIead liiL away
easily. Before we started for Falcou's
Nest I tried to cut up some ,f tile
best parts of the dead buffal-,.
I took out the tongue and salted
it, and also cut some fine -
steaks, and afterwards got
off some of the skin from
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the legs to make boots and shoes. It was then so late that we gave up any
further search for the ass, and hastened home. On our way the dogs found a
jackal's den, and falling upon the mother and little ones, killed all except one
baby jackal that Jack begged to be allowed to tame and bring up to hunt other
On our return we found that Fritz had caught a fine young eagle which
he wished to train to catch birds. The buffalo soon became very friendly with
the cow, and quite happy.
In a little while he became tame enough to carry loads on his backs for
us, and at last he allowed the boys all to ride him, although not until he had
done his best to throw them many times. He even became affectionate to the
children, and would trot or gallop with them, just as they liked. Fritz had given
up his'monkey to Ernest, in return for his help in training the eagle: and by degrees
master Knips was taught by his new master to carry a basket and its contents on
his back, wherever it was wanted. Jack could not induce his jackal to hunt except
for his own benifit, for he only brought home the skin of any animal killed, after
devouring its flesh.
One morning we heard some curious sounds in the distance and
after trying in vain to discover what they were, our old friend the donkey came
in sight, bringing with him a companion something like himself, only stronger and
more graceful. It was an Onagra, and we were all anxious to secure him, so Fritz
went up gently, carrying a noose ready to throw over the Onagra's head when near
MAKING A STABLE. 31
enough, and in the other some corn and salt which the donkey took at once, and
then the Onagra, also coming up Fritz instantly cast the noose over it and made
it a prisoner. It was no easy task however to tame it, and we were about to
give up our efforts to do so as useless when I made a last attempt to bring it to
reason by the savages plan of biting it's ear until the blood flowed, and to my
surprise this had the desired effect. Proud of thus having subdued this high-
spirited animal, I gave it to Fritz, and had the pleasure of seeing him enjoy many
a ride on his swift steed, which he named Lightfoot.
The rainy season was now drawing near, and all the trouble we had
taken to train the animals would be lost if we could not shelter them from the
bad weather. So we made them a comfortable stable among the spreading roots
of the banyan-tree at the foot of our Nest, with a solid roof of clay covered with
pitch. This shed was divided into stalls for the animals, with room for storing
the food they would want during the season when we should be unable to procure
it for them.
When the torrents of rain fell around us, and storms swept the forest, we
found our aerial castle a most uncomfortable place to live in, indeed we were
soon obliged to take refuge at night in the shed below with the animals, where the
rain did not come through, in spite of the disagreeable smells and want of air.
However we made the best of it during this winter not without many sad
32 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
recollections of the pleasant houses of our native land, only resolving to try and.
find some more suitable home by the time the rainy season came again.
We had some hope of discovering a cave like Robinson Crusoe's when we
could get out once more.
after being shut up for many long weeks we at length saw again with
delight the clear sky and green earth and inhaled the sweet air of the
first spring day.
We were restored to life and liberty, and the boys rejoiced in
the scents of countless flowers, and the songs of hundreds of birds flying
hither and thither on gaudy wings.
Our house in the tree was half filled with dry leaves, but we
soon returned to it for the summer. Our first excursion was to Zeltheim,
which we found in a sad state. The tent was upset, a quantity of our provisions
had been spoiled by the rain, and had to be thrown away. Fortunately our pretty
little pinnace was as good as ever, but the tub-boat was so injured that it was
quite useless. The loss we most regretted was that of two casks of gunpowder,
which we had not stored away among the rocks. We at once began to try and
bore out a cave by the sea-shore deep enough to hold all our powder safely, and
we toiled away at the rock until in a few days we had actually reached a depth
of seven feet, when we found that the hole we had made had pierced right through
the rock to some open space beyond. I put my head to the opening and feeling
a giddiness caused by the foul air within, our first care was to purify it before
34 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
venturing to enter the cave. We threw in some shells and rockets from the
ship's store of signals, which exploded with many echoes, and the poisonous air
rushed out with the smoke, until at length a fire would burn in the cave, and
we knew the air was pure. Then we saw that the walls of the cave glittered
like diamonds, and we longed to explore our new fairy palace, but first I sent
Jack upon his buffalo for a supply of candles to Falcon's Nest, to tell his mother of
our discovery, and beg her to come and see the place for herself. In about four
hours Jack returned on his buffalo, but first came the cart drawn by the cow
with Ernest for it's driver, and in it was my wife with little Frank. Meanwhile
Fritz and I had not been idle: we had enlarged the entrance, carrying away loose
stones and earth near it. We each took two candles, flint, steel and tinder, and
then entered the cave and here a glorious sight met our view. The floor was of
white transparent granite covered with fine dry sand with pillars of the same
supporting the roof, from which hung crystals glittering like diamonds. Upon
breaking and tasting these crystals, I found that our enchanted grotto was really
a salt-mine, Fritz fairly jumped for joy, and embracing his mother exclaimed -
"It is the most beautiful winter palace in the world"!
"And God made it my boy,"- added his mother with a loving kiss.
The rainy season had now no terrors for us but we decided to spend our
summers as before at Falcon's Nest. We planned a door in the Rock for our new
house, and divided the cave into two parts, one for ourselves, the other for kitchens,
and stables, and at the end we fitted up cellars and store rooms. The space was
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large enough to give us ample room for ourselves and belongings, and we spent
nearly all our time in making our home as comfortable as possible. We laid
up great stores of turtle, of herrings, salmon and other fine fish, some of which
we carefully salted and put away for food in the rainy season. All our crops and
plants grew and flourished well, especially maize, sugar-canes, bananas, melons
and cucumbers. We had now so many animals that I decided to find a suitable
spot to make a colony of those we did not require in our daily life, and there
we built a bark house among the trees, and in exploring new country found (among
other valuable things) the cotton-plant, and delicious strawberries. We were
returning from this successful expedition when we went up a hill that commanded
a fine view of the whole country, towards Falcon's Nest on one side and the sea
and cape on the other, and this we named Prospect Hill. I was very anxious to
make a light bark canoe, in which Fritz or I could cruise about the coast in a
way we could not do in the pinnace. For this purpose we chose a kind of oak like
a cork tree, the trunk of which was about five feet round. With a saw I cut
through the bark all round the foot of the stem, and then Fritz went up a rope
ladder and did the same about eighteen feet higher up. I next cut through the
bark in a straight upward line from one circle to the other, until we were by
degrees able to strip the tree completely of its bark. Then I folded the bark
together at each end until I had made a sharp bow and stern for my canoe, and
I shaped the delicate boat, lined it with fibre, and pitched it thoroughly with
resinous gum. I added wood to strengthen the boat outside, and for a keel, put
36 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
in stones for ballast, and fitted it with boards and moveable benches. In the
midst was a mast with a three-cornered sail and there was also a rudder. To
make my light boat still lighter we filled some skins of the dog-fish with air, and
fixed them round her, and these bladders not only gave her buoyancy, but kept
her from capsizing.
We had now a pretty calf, and as Ernest had his ape, Fritz the onagra,
Jack both the buffalo and jackal, Frank gladly undertook the charge of the calf,
and gave him the name of Brummer. At the same time Jack decided to call the
buffalo "Storm". It took us two months to prepare our Rock House for the rainy
season, and we intended to make it as pretty as we could inside, during the
weeks when we should have to live entirely within doors.
year had passed since we had been wrecked (at the end of January),
and as I had no Almanack for the new year we had to keep account of
the days for ourselves as well as we could. I wished to make the
S anniversary of the day on which our lives had been so mercifully
spared, a day of joy and gratitude for the many benefits we had since
enjoyed, and after solemn thanks-giving to God I arranged various games
6 of skill for the boys, which would serve to display all the useful arts
they had learned during our stay on this pleasant island. They began
by shooting with gun and pistol at about a hundred paces. The target was a
plank roughly cut into the shape of an animal, with two pieces of wood sticking
up like ears, and a strap for a tail. The three eldest boys were to have two
shots each, and Fritz hit the mark twice in the head- Ernest once in the body,
while Jack shot off the ears, much to our amusement.
They next shot with bows and arrows, and little Frank took part in this.
A race came next, in which Fritz and Ernest did very well, and ran from the
grotto to Falcon's Nest and back in fifty minutes, although I always allowed thirty-
five minutes for one journey the shortest way.
In riding Fritz and Jack fairly surprised me by galloping without saddle
38 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
or bridle, jumping off and on the animals by seizing the mane. Frank too, shewed
some very clever tricks with his young bull, which he had taught to walk slowly,
trot, or gallop, also to stop short at the boy's command, fall on his knees like a
camel, get up and bellow, turn his tail round in a circle, and pretend to toss
up his head as if it already had horns. Next came throwing the lasso, in which
none of the boys were very skilful as yet, and last of all we had a swimming
match, in which Fritz had no rival. My wife distributed the prizes at the end of
the day, Fritz receiving a gun and hunting knife for shooting and swimming,
Ernest, the winner in the race and lasso throwing, a gold watch, Jack for riding, a pair
of steel spurs and a whip; and Frank a pair of stirrups and a whip, for training
the bull. I offered my wife a lady's companion with thimbles, scissors, needles, etc.
as a token of love and gratitude for her affectionate devotion to us all, and the
day ended happily and peacefully with prayer and praise to the Giver of all
Soon after this holiday, we thought the season was come to chase some
more of the delicate ortolans that would be so agreeable an addition to our winter
fare, and to save our powder collected a quantity of india-rubber juice to mix
with oil and make bird-lime to catch, instead of shooting, the birds.
This we spread on switches, and fixing them on the branches of a great
fig-tree, where the ortolans came in great numbers, the poor birds soon got caught
by the sticky substance and fell helpless at our feet. We also got up a torch-
light chase, in which we startled the birds after they had gone to roost for the
BIRD CATCHING. 39
,- i. night by the sudden glare
of torches, and then struck
them diown ith 1)bamboo
canes until \-e ihad secured
as inany as iwe required. The
ft'll,)wig dawy re roasted all our
.. delicious *game and packed away a large cask
full if ortolans preserved in butter for future
But we. now had to wage a terrible war
against the monkeys, who had done no end of mischief upon our farm, and taking
the three eldest boys with me, I started on this painful expedition.
Fritz was the first to see a troop of our malicious enemies in a field of
rice we had planted, and we set to work to lay snares for the apes, by preparing
tempting food upon trees where we placed bird-lime in sufficient quantities to
prevent any creature from getting away that once stuck fast to it. It was comical
to see the efforts the poor animals made to free themselves, but the scene became
horrible indeed when the dogs attacked and killed the unfortunate apes in large
numbers My sons and I put an end to their sufferings as soon as we could, but
the whole field of battle was a horrid sight, and my boys turned with dis-
gust from it.
Fritz declared that he hoped it would never again be necessary to commit
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
so cruel a deed. I reminded him that the slaughter of the poor ortolans was
no less cruel, but Fritz replied, that each ape he had killed cried so like a man
that he felt it was murder.
We dug a large ditch about three feet deep in which we buried the
monkeys, and then returned with sad hearts to the farm.
A great many pigeons were then caught, some by the eagle, and others
by bird-lime, so that we had always enough of them for food when required.
Jack had a curious adventure about this time, which might have cost him his life.
He went down to Flamingo Marsh alone with his jackal to get some reeds to
make a dove-cote, and came home covered with black mud from head to foot.
He looked most woe-begone, and I begged him to tell us how he came to be in
this sad plight. He replied. "I wanted to get some long straight reeds that grew
in the centre of the marsh, and in trying to reach them I slipped into the bog,
and really thought it would swallow me up. I cut off a great armful of reeds
and kept myself up as well as I could. My good jackal was running about in a
terrible state of mind on the bank, as if he knew that I could not get out, so I
called to him and took hold of his tail, and by his struggles to get away he
dragged me ashore." We could not help being amused at the way he saved him-
self, although it was really a serious danger he had escaped.
The rainy season was now drawing near, and we hurried on the last
preparations for our stay in the Rock House. The greatest difficulty we had was
want of light as it had only four openings, including the door, but we fixed a
ROCK HOUSE. 41
long bamboo pole to the top of the grotto, and hoisted up a lantern from the
wreck with a lamp inside, which lighted up the place very well. Ernest ;ndu
Frank made shelves for the many very good books we had; my wife and Jack
put the kitchen in order, and I with Fritz fitted the workshop with the fine turning
lathe, forge, and tools we had saved from the ship. Much of our time was passed
in reading and study, and the rest in useful work, and training our numerous
family of animals and birds. As far as I could find out by the maps we had,
our Island wa- in the Indian archipelago, near the Straits of Malacca, and I tried
to learn a little of the Malay language, in case we should ever meet with natives.
-i\; ow;ar'1t the end of August, when we expected the rainy season to be over
the weather became more stormy than ever, but at length the clouds
.--i" j dispersed, and all was sunny and bright once more.
-'"11" -As we were walking along the rocks on the seasnore, after our
S', long imprisonment, we saw on a little sandy isle near, a round object
of great size, which we resolved to examine more closely, so we unmoored
the canoe, and having baled out the water, rigged it up, and the next
: ri;ilinig, very early I set out with Ernest, Fritz and Jack. As soon as
we were nearer to the strange object, I saw that it was a stranded whale. The
little i-1,tii was only a few in,'1-',i above the .water, and could be crossed in ten
or twelve minutes, but it was full of beautiful plants, and a number of sea-birds
had made their nests upon it. We landed and took a good look at the whale, but could
not do anything with it until we had some proper weapons to use. The boys found
coral shells, which they collected to carry home, to my wife, who agreed to ac-
n',,i] 'any us to the islet the next day. I particularly wished to get the whale oil
for our lamps, so we took some empty tubs in tow o1f our canoe, which was rather
heavily Lirll with all the tools we -wantted for our troublesome work.
After we had secured the canoe and tubs, we went up to the enormous
animal, and I saw by its back, fins and black tail, that it was a Greenland whale,
I reckoned that the monster must be at least seventy feet long, and thirty wide.
We were most struck with the immense size of its head, and smallness of its eyes.
His jaws were about ten feet long, filled with black flexible bones called whale-
bone. Fritz and Jack climbed on the whale's back, and cutting away at the head
with hatchets and knives, removed the, upper jaw and took out some of the whale-
bone, my wife and little Frank carried it to the canoe, while Ernesl cut from the
flanks of the whale two immense pieces of blubber about three feet thick. Suddenly
a flock of birds flew around us trying to get possession of the prey, and of these
bold intruders we killed not a few. I then cut a long strip of skin from the head
to the tail of the animal, to use for harness and soles for our shoes.
We took away all we could of our spoils, but the smell of the oil was
horrible, and the air was quite poisoned by it. We pressed out all the oil we
could from the blubber, and then threw it into the Jackal River. My wife plr Ip'i,.t-"
turning Whale Island into a store-house for the oil and that we should have a planta-
tion on it as well, and this we did.
We next found a very fine turtle, which we landed and killed.
His shell made a beautiful basin for fresh water at the entrance of the
grotto, while the flesh supplied us with delicious food for many days.
We were one day busily engaged in basket-making when Fritz's sharp
eye noticed something moving in the path leading towards Falcon's Nest, which
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came on with a rolling bounding motion.
"It is very curious", said Fritz, "the thing looks almost like a great cable
rolled out upon the ground- Now it has stopped- What do you think of it Papa?"
"I think the best thing we can do is to shut ourselves up in the Rock
Grotto- I have no doubt this is a great serpent."
Fritz wanted to get his gun and hatchet ready to attack the monster, but
I made him join my wife and the other boys in the cave, and then after displacing
the planks of the bridge also retired. The monster advanced slowly but surely,
from time to time raising his head high in the air, and darting out his forked
tongue. It had come within fifty paces of us when Ernest suddenly fired- then
Jack and Frank, and to my surprise my wife also, shot off their guns, and at this
salute the serpent fled with great speed, and almost instantly, disappeared in the
reeds of Wild-Duck Marsh. I was much annoyed at having missed the monster,
for we could not feel safe while it was hanging about the neighbourhood, and I
forbade any one to venture out of the grotto without my permission, indeed we hardly
left it for a moment during three long days. But for the uneasiness of the ducks
and geese on the lake, we should have thought the boa had made its escape, but
as it evidently was still not far off, we had not dared to fetch the usual supplies
of food for the animals as well as ourselves, and yet it could no longer be done
without, so we resolved to let the animals cross the river at the ford above the
bridge, and seek food for themselves. My brave Fritz on his onagra led the way,
and had orders, should the enemy be seen anywhere near, to gallop as fast as he
could to Falcon's Nest. The other boys and their mother were to stay indoors
and fire from the windows, should the serpent show itself on that side. I took
up a post on a rock where I had a view of the marsh, and loading my gun with
large bullets, prepared to set out. Unluckily my wife opened the door a little
too soon and the donkey, fresh and lively after his three days rest, rushed out
kicking up his heels in a reckless way, and fled at a mad gallop to the Dusk's
Marsh. Fritz hurried after him, but I had to call him back, for as soon as the
ass reached the marsh we saw the terrible serpent raise his head, look round
with glittering eyes, and dart out his tongue with malicious fury. The wretched
donkey suddenly stopped and gave a loud hee-haw; as if to mock us, and at that
moment the boa sprang upon him, folded him in its deadly embrace, squeezed him
tighter and tighter, skilfully avoiding his mad kicks. The children and their
mother struck with terror and grief, begged me to shoot the serpent and save our
poor old donkey. But I was obliged to tell them that it was now too late to save,
and that we should gain nothing by turning the boa's attention to ourselves,
where as we should be able to kill it when it began to swallow it's victim, and
was unable to move quickly.
"But how can a serpent swallow his prey at a single mouthful?" asked Fritz.
"It squeezes its victims into one mass which it swallows by degrees, as
this boa now does our poor old friend".
"I cannot bear this horrible sight", said my wife, hurrying away with
Frank. It was indeed a terrible scene to look upon, as the boa, who had coiled
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his tail round a. large stone to increase his power over the ass, enveloped and struck
again and again the wretched brute in its grip, until he lay dead on the sand
after a few last convulsive movements. The serpent at once crushed the body
into a shapeless mass, licked it all over, and then opening his enormous jaws be-
gan by swallowing the hind legs and body of the ass until nothing but the head
remained visible. I thought this a favourable moment to attack the serpent, for
I had only looked upon this terrible sight for the sake of killing our enemy as
soon as we could safely do so. I now saw that it was as I supposed a boa-
constrictor, the king of serpents, and when we were within eighteen or twenty
feet of it, Fritz and I both fired, and our shots entered the head, and soon put an
end to our formidable enemy. .The boys wished to stuff his beautiful skin which
they did by hanging the serpent up by the head to a tree and then sliding down
his body stripping off the skin with a knife. Having cleaned and dried it well
the boys stuffed it with moss and dried leaves, with plaster marbles for eyes, and
a piece of iron wire painted red with cochineal for a tongue. The boa was placed
on stands of wood around which we coiled the uplifted head as if about to strike
its prey, and it looked so natural that the dogs rushed at it barking, and the
buffalo was on the point of butting it with his horns. We afterwards placed the
boa in our museum of stuffed birds and animals, amongst the other wonderful
creatures we had met with on our Island.
i;, ^ .ppon making another excursion to our farm at Prospect Hill, we found
Shad again been invaded by the monkeys, who had been as destructive
and mischievious as ever. However, we put off punishing them for the
,[I, present, as we had made up our minds to explore a new part of the
country. We came upon a hot sandy desert, where tired and dispirited
we were lying under the shadow of rock to rest and refresh ourselves,
u,) when a troop of ostriches approached. I knew that it would be hopeless
S for the boys to try and catch any of them, unless well mounted, but the
dogs rushed madly upon the male ostrich, remarkable for variety of his feathers,
and all the birds fled with extraordinary speed. We had almost lost sight of them
when Fritz unhooded his eagle, which at once pursued them and fastened upon the
ostrich. When we got up to him we found the poor bird rolling in the dust,
severely wounded in the neck and shoulders, and all hope of saving his life being
at an end, I put him out of his pain. We took out the beautiful tail feathers, and
carried them in our old hats.
"What a pity it is we could not keep him alive," said Fritz, "he is six
feet high, and I could easily have ridden him."
Ernest and Jack, who had gone on with the jackal, suddenly stopped and
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waving their hats in the air, called out to us, "Come quickly we have found an
ostrich's nest. This nest was only a hole scratched in the ground, and the eggs,
about thirty in number, were so placed as to take up the space and retain the
heat. Each egg was as large as a baby's head, and the jackal had broken some
of them before we came up. "We may as well carry away these eggs, and hatch
them in the sun," said Jack. "You forget," said I, "that each egg weighs about three
pounds, and how can we carry them without breaking them"? The boys however
took one each, which they slung on their arms in a handkerchief, and after a short
rest we went on our way. Upon leaving this desert plain we saw a lovely valley
lying before us with thick grass and pleasant trees. The Jackal Grotto as we
called it, was not far off, and Ernest was going on in front with one of the dogs,
when suddenly he ran into my arms with a loud cry of terror- "A bear"- close
behind me"!was all he could say. I was going forward with my gun to meet the
bear, when to my dismay, another came out of the grotto to meet us. The dogs
were already near them, but Fritz and I only slightly wounded one of the bears
with our first shots, and rising on -their hind legs they came forward with extended
claws, and then turning their rage against the dogs, wounded them severely. Fritz
and I then fired again, and broke the jaw of one bear, and shattered the shoulder
of the other, then the dogs held them down, while we shot them dead, much to our
relief, for we had been in terrible danger of our lives. We resolved to return
the next day to carry off the fine soft fur of the bears, and were very thankful to
return to our tent for the night. The next day we found a flock of vultures
THE OSTRICH. 49
hovering over the
dead bears at the
entrance of the grotto. '
It took us all day to skin. and i repaIe
the flesh of the two Iearse. We cut
off the parts considered gu.d t,: ea:.t,
salted and smoked thlem, and tlen left t,-
the remains of the bears tio e e avilui -(r-I
by the birds of prey. w\; soon picked
their bones very clean. Ste P.1e 4
Before the rainy season came ,-ln I went once
more with Fritz, Jack andl Frank to the desert plain
where we had seen the ,.'striches, this time rilinl._ o.lr .
animals. Fritz, who was very anxious. to take an ,istrichli -- .
alive this time, got his eagle ready, and tied up his beak. Before very long we saw
here and there flying masses darting through the wood. At length four magnificent
ostriches rose and came towards us at a tremendous pace, and we soon chose the one
we wished to capture. Fritz then let fly his eagle, which plunged down upon the
ostrich, and gave him so tremendous blows with its wings that he was almost stunned
and staggered as if about to fall. Then Jack threw his ball sling around the bird's
50 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
legs, and made him a prisoner. At last I thought of throwing my handkerchief
over his head, and as soon as the bird was deprived of light, the victory was ours.
I passed a belt round his body with straps on each side, and we tied also a cord
round his legs tight enough to prevent him running away.
"1 doubt whether we shall ever tame this great bird to be of use to us,"
"Do you not know" said I, "that the Indians tame elephants by placing a
wild one between two tame ones, who help their riders to keep him in order. I
think the bull and buffalo will serve the same purpose," and Jack and Frank each
with a whip can take the place of the elephant drivers."
I then tied the ostrich to the horns of Storm and Brummer, put the boys
on the saddles, and took off the handkerchief. He started up quickly and tried
to escape, but finding all his attempts to- run or fly useless, he made up his
mind to walk with his companions, and at length broke into a sort of gallop with
them, much to our joy. My wife and Ernest were delighted with our splendid
prize, and the next day we broke up our summer camp and took our treasures
home. The ostrich had to be blind folded and tied to his two guardians, and
altogether our caravan was a very strange one. After two days march we reached
our dear rock house, where we hoped to make a long stay, the ostrich was tied
up under the trees and by degrees we lengthened his cord until he became quite
tame. We had sometimes to stupify him with tobacco smoke: but while he still
THE KAIAK. 51
had to be tied up we placed the food and water he liked best always within his
reach, although for more than three days he would not eat, but afterwards became
almost greedy. Then we taught him to carry burdens, to walk, trot or gallop as
he was told and at the end of a month he became quite educated to do what we
wished. At last he was trained to carry one of the boys upon his back, and made
very swift journeys between Falcon's Nest and Rock House. Jack generally rode
him but upon condition that his brothers should sometimes mount him too, if
necessary. During this rainy season I proposed to employ the boys in making a
small canoe, called by the Greenlanders a.Kaiak, in which we could occasionally
cruise about the coast. The framework of this little boat was made of curved.
whalebone and bamboo, with a light deck of wood and a hole in the centre where
the rower was to sit, and the outer covering was of sealskin dried in the sun,
and covered with melted resin. It was lined with sealskin and floated upon the
water like a balloon, but I made it a rule that the rower should always wear a
swimming jacket in case of any accident to the- canoe. The boat was fitted with
a locker to carry food, fresh water, and fire-arms, and with strong harpoons.
Fritz was the first to try the new vessel, dressed in his seal-skin water- proof
suit, and it was shoved gaily into the sea by the three other boys, and went along
at a tremendous pace. Fritz showed perfect control over the canoe, but when he
was carried out to sea by the current, I set out with Jack and Ernest in the other
boat, to keep him in sight if we could. He had however disappeared behind
some reefs, but we soon heard two pistol shots about three quarters of a mile
52 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
off, and a few minutes afterwards rejoined Fritz, and were not a little surprised
to see on a rock near him the body of a large walrus he had shot We could
not remove this monster, which was about fifteen feet long, but Fritz carried off
his head with its two beautiful ivory tusks, which he afterwards fixed upon his
kaiak as a trophy of his brave deed.
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Sen years passed by, bringing more or less of adventure to us all on our
Island. The boys were stronger and more robust than they ever would
1 have become in Europe, and my wife and I were also in very good
"'i health. Fritz was now 24, and though not tall was muscular and strong.
Ernest was slighter and less energetic: Jack full of life and spirit, though
more delicately made than Fritz: and Frank, who was seventeen, was
,'vq like all his brothers in some way or other. We still spent the summers
at Falcon's Nest, and the rainy seasons at Felsenheim, Our Rock House.
Our Gardens and plantations, full of beautiful trees and plants, reached from the
Grotto to the source of the Jackal River. At first when we had not much corn or
fruit, we had to wage war against the birds by day and the bats by night: but
later on we allowed the little thieves to take what they pleased. All our animals
were Iwell and happy and the boys took as much delight as ever in riding their
favourite creatures. We had not yet given up the hope of some day returning to
civilised life, and with this idea had stored up a quantity of fine ostrich feathers,
spices, india-rubber, and other produce of our island. The boys now often made
excursions to some distance on their own account. One day Fritz went off in his
canoe to Felsenheim for the whole day, and on his return we all went down to the
54 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
beach to welcome him, and land the spoils. He told us how he had made his
way round the cape, and there met with every kind of marine animal, basking on
the rocks in the sun, Sea--lions, sea-elephants, sea-bears, and all sorts of seals,
with countless numbers of sea birds. He had also brought some oyster shells
containing magnificent pearls of great size and fine colour, from a bay to which
he had given the name of Bay of Pearls. Then he told us how he had struck
down a beautiful albatross, and afterwards asked me to come with him to a quiet
spot near, where he wished to tell me only, a very curious incident that had
happened. He said that a piece of linen was tied round one of the legs of this
albatross with these words written in English upon it: "Whoever you are to whom
God sends this message, come to the help of an unfortunate English woman, who
is cast away upon the volcanic island you may know by the fire escaping from
one of its craters. Save the forlorn one on the smoking rock." His first idea
was to write upon the linen, with a feather dipped in blood- the words in
English- "have faith in God. Help is not far off." Then he tied it again to the
birds leg, as he felt sure it was a tame one, and would return to the lady on the
rock, and the albatross soon flew away so quickly towards the west, that it would
have been hopeless to try and follow it. I was much pleased with the sense my
son had shown in not telling his story to his mother and brothers, until he knew
more as to whether the lady still lived or could be found, and I assured him
that for the future I should look upon him as a man, able to act upon his own
judgement, and no longer offer to control, but only to advise him as to his conduct.
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SHOOTING A LION.
Fritz was quite overcome by this mark of my confidence in him, and we soon
joined the rest of the family in collecting and admiring the treasures he had brought.
We decided to make another expedition to' the Bay of Pearls and Fritz
and Jack led the way in the little canoe- to which Fritz had lately added a
second seat-while I followed them in the larger boat. We soon reached the bay
and the gigantic cliffs around it, and after fishing for pearls and other sea-spoils
until evening we retired to our boat for the night under a canvas awning we had
put up after lighting a large fire on shore. Suddenly we heard a terrible roar
re-echoing from the forest near, which was soon repeated even nearer than before.
Then we saw Knips followed by the jackal and dogs, rush down to the fire in
great alarm. The monkey took refuge on a table, but the jackal and dogs kept
a watch upon the forest, howling whining and occasionallybarking, while their hair
stood on end with fear. Before long we were startled by the appearance of
an immense lion that rushed forward with a terrific roar. The fire seemed to
excite his rage, and he sat up like a cat and fixed his eyes angrily upon the dogs,
lashing his sides with his great tail. After a time the king of beasts began to
pace to and fro, as if he were about to spring. Then Fritz fired, the lion sprang
up and roared, then staggered, fell on his knees and at last sank at full length
upon the ground, shot through the heart, telling the boys to remain in the boat, I
landed quickly and went up to the fire The dogs seemed pleased to see me, but
almost at once turning towards the forest, they began to howl piteously. Immediately
afterwards I saw a lioness, rapidly approaching, and quickly discovering her dead
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mate, she licked his paws, with most lamentable cries, gnashing her teeth all the
while, as though longing to avenge his death. A second shot was heard, the right
paw of the lioness was broken, and I had scarcely time to fire another shot, which
broke her jaw, when the dogs were upon her, and a fearful fight began. One of
the animals terrible paws tore open poor Bill's chest, and he fell at the moment his
enemy bit the dust. I went forward with my hunting knife in my hand as Fritz
was coming to meet me with his loaded gun. I took his hand, and begged him
to give thanks with me for our merciful rescue from a great danger. We announced
the victory to the others who came ashore to rejoice in our safety, and to our grief
found that poor Bill faithful and brave to the last died holding fast to the neck
of the lioness.
"We have much to be thankful for" said Fritz, gravely to-morrow we can
take the spoils of our dreadful foes, but let us first bury our poor dog by
The boys placed our faithful old Bill in his grave and put up a tombstone
to mark the spot, with the following words written by Ernest upon it:
"Here lies Bill-a dog renowned for his courage and devotion. He perished
beneath the claws of a formidable lioness, dying in the moment of victory."
This done we lay down for a few hours on board the boat, and at sunrise,
stripped the lions of their skins, and then soon weighed anchor and left the
bay of Pearls. Fritz led the way in his little canoe, and when we had safely
returned, handed me a note to say that he was going to make an attempt to find
CHAPTER XI. 57
the shipwrecked lady, and, before I could stop him, he had taken himself off.
Towards evening we had reached Safety Bay, and my wife's pleasure at seeing us
was rather spoilt by the absence of Fritz, while Frank was much distressed at
poor Bill's tragic death. We heard nothing of Fritz for five days, and then we
all, including my wife, set out for Pearl Bay where we thought it most likely we
should meet him. As we drew near the Bay we were sailing slowly along the
coast on account of the rocks, when at a distance we saw as we thought a savage
in a canoe, who disappeared behind a reef as if to watch us. We kept a sharp
look out, and soon again saw a canoe with a single rower as before. I shouted a
few words of welcome in the Malay language, which I had learnt from a book,
but it had no effect, and then Jack seized the speaking trumpet, and called out a
few rough sailors phrases, upon which the savage waved a green branch, and paddled
towards us. We looked at him with curiosity and burst into a merry fit of laughter
when we discovered that the small hump-backed man with black face and hands,
riding upon a walrus, was no other than Fritz.
My wife, who had been anxiously watching the stranger, now smiled with
tears of joy running down her cheeks, as we took our boy and his canoe on board
our boat, and kissed until our faces and hands were almost as black as his own.
_ -4 lm 1
asked Fritz aside if he had succeeded in his object, to which he replied
that he had, and then I wanted to know why he had played us such a
trick. He replied
"I really took you for Malay pirates, .and disguised myself to
S deceive you. I meant to go back to fetch the English Lady during the
S night, for I have found her, and she is now on a small island awaiting
S my return." I wished to ask more questions but my wife insisted on her
/ son taking off his paint, for she could not bear to see him dressed up
like a savage. We now decided to anchor our boat at a convenient point, and Fritz
proposed the island where he had left his fair companion. I could not help
smiling at this, but I felt glad to carry out what he had so well begun. Fritz
jumped eagerly into his canoe to guide us to the landing place on a small pretty
island in the great Pearl Bay, and there we fastened our boat to a tree.
Fritz sprang ashore, and went direct to a small wood, where under the
shade of the palm- trees was a small hut made of branches. We followed him
and saw in front of the hut a stone fire place, and on the fire an immense shell
as a sauce-pan. Fritz was still calling out to some one among the trees, and
then there was a rustling in the boughs of a tree from which a young man dressed
THE STRANGER. 59
S" hw tio receive an armed troop like
ur 'elvs, bitt Fritz thli wing his hat
-irt' the air cried iiut-- Long live
Ste V,unt'ii. L ,' M'nitrose of the
SI' llilk rck: s-hall \\e not welcome
him as a friien-ll and a brother.
"lie is welcome: We all said
Sat oice, and le then caine up to us
S'.e Pat ;,, will ilmU-h ease and Lgrace of manner.
As head of the family I shook hands
with him, and greeted him as I might have done a child, of my own, and then
turning timidly to my wife, he asked her also to be kind to him.
My wife and I both understood that Fritz wished his brothers not to know
who the stranger really was, and the boys did all they could to make their
60 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
companion feel at home. Our supper was quite a feast, and the merriment after
a time became so boisterous that I put an end to it for the sake of our guest,
whom my wife invited on board for the night. When the brothers were left alone
they teased Fritz with so many questions that he told them about the albatross,
and called the stranger "Miss Jenny" so often that his brothers found out his secret,
and gave three cheers for the charming sister who had joined the family.
The next morning the three younger boys mischievously greeted the young
lady as Miss Jenny, and she blushingly confessed it to be her name.
The day was spent in preparing to return to Felsenheim, and looking at
all Miss Jenny's treasures, saved from the wreck, or made of materials she had
picked up. Among the most useful things there were some long tresses of hair
made into fishing lines, with mother of pearl hooks, needles made of fish-bones,
bodkins of birds beaks, small needle cases of pelicans feathers and seal bones, a
shell made into a saucepan, and many smaller shells used for eating and drinking
purposes. There was also a hat made of the pelican's pouch worn as a kind of
hood with feathers, shading the face and neck, and other feather ornaments, with
shoes and belts of sealskin: and she had some beautiful tortoise-shells. Another
surprise for us was a tame cormorant, which Jenny had taught to catch fish for
he., and she promised my wife some fish for dinner. Jumping lightly into the
canoe with her cormorant she pushed off into the bay, and it was a pretty sight
to see how the bird plunged into the sea from time to time, bringing up a large
fish which he gave to his mistress. She had fastened a ring round his neck which
MISS JENNY'S ADVENTURES. 61
prevented his swallowing the fish until she chose to free him, and give him some
as a reward. We made Fritz tell us all about his great voyage of discovery.
He first spent two or three days in cruising about in search of a smoking island,
during which time he landed for a short time, and met with a tiger, who would
probably have killed him but for his faithful eagle, who flew at the tiger to tear
out its eyes, but unluckily Fritz shot the poor bird also as he fired a.t the tiger,
to his great sorrow. Soon he forgot this sad loss in the joy of seeing in the far
distance a little rocky isle from which arose a thin column of smoke. Here he
soon landed and saw with joyful surprise the first strange face he had looked
upon for so many years. The poor girl thankfully awaited his approach, and
although she did not understand all he said, he soon induced her to embark in the
canoe with him. Miss Jenny had spent about two years alone on this rock, and
her contrivances of many things for use were as clever as those of the famous
Crusoe. She afterwards told us herself -hat having lost her mother when she was
scarcely seven years old, she went to India with her father Sir William Montrose,
who was an officer, and after ten years spent in travelling with him from
place to place', in the care of a very devoted nurse, who taught her many
womanly occupations she could not otLenxvit have learnt in her wandering
life, she alone was saved in a shipwreck off the island where she Was
found by Fritz. Her father had returned home in a troop ship in command
of his regiment sending her at the same time in a fine vessel in charge
of her old attendant. The horror in finding herself thus alone in this desolate
62 THE SWISS FAMILY' ROBINSON.
place had at first almost crushed the brave girl's spirit but the constant
exertion necessary to obtain food and shelter for herself had kept her well and
strong, and she had never lost the hope that God, who had so wonderfully spared
her life would not leave her to perish.
During our return to the Rock House Miss Jenny was delighted with all
she saw, and shewed great pleasure in our various animals. Fritz and Frank went
on before us to Felsenheim, where they prepared a feast for our arrival in honour
of Miss Jenny. We next paid a visit to Falcon's Nest, and then the rainy passed
happily in the society of our new daughter.
- 0 i o i+.~~ft----
he rains were over, and the boys went to look at the cannon on Shark
Island, and to fire them off, as they occasionally did, in the hope of some
day being heard by a passing ship.
This time there was a distinct answer to their two shots, and
they all hastened home to announce the wonderful event. We were on
the look-out all the night for any new signals, but a storm came on
which lasted two days and nights, and prevented our going near the sea.
Although on the third day I resolved to fire three shots again,
and then we listened attentively, and actually counted seven shots in reply. Then
Fritz and I set out in the kaiak to discover who the strangers were, for we feared
they might be pirates. We had disguised ourselves as savages, and rowed round
the cape near Duck's Marsh, when we came in sight of a fine ship at anchor,
flying the English flag As soon as those on board saw us they made signs to us
to supply them with potatoes, cocoanuts, figs, and other fruits, upon which we
retired for a while, and rowed home with all speed. Jenny was convinced that
the ship had been sent by her father to look for her, and then we decided that
we would go altogether in our boat with a present of fresh fruits, and look as
important as we could. Fritz dressed as a naval officer, went before us as pilot
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in his canoe. In our boat we were all dressed as sailors, lightly armed, and we
steered straight up to the ship, saluting it with a ringing cheer, which was warmly
returned. Fritz and I flying the white flag paid our respects to the Commander,
who received us hospitably, and asked how it was that we were living in this out-
of-the-way-place, where he only expected to meet savages. In as few words as
possibly I told him our story and that of Miss Jenny, which I thought might interest
him more than ours. He then told me that he had heard of the young lady and
her father, and had been asked to look out during his command of Her
Majesty's ship "Unicorn" for any trace of the ship in which Miss Montrose was
wrecked off this desolate coast. The Captain seemed delighted to have met her
and said that when he heard our cannon shot, he had expected it was the crew
of the wrecked vessel that had taken refuge here. I then invited the Captain to
come on board my boat, which he soon did and we all became friendly at once.
We returned to our island after a stay of two days near the "Unicorn", during
which time we not only made the acquaintance of the Captain, but of a gentleman
with his wife and two young, daughters, who had been rescued from a ship-wreck
and were now on their way home on board the frigate. The Captain and his
guests had so great a wish to see our home that Fritz in his canoe sailed to the
"Unicorn" the day after our return to the island, and acted as pilot to the Captain
and his party. On landing we all went out to see receive them with honour, the
boys as usual riding their animals and the :isirich, to the great delight of the
strangers. The English family had an earnest wish to take up their abode with
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us on the island, to which we gladly agreed, and my wife too begged to end her
days there with me and two of the boys, while the other two might go to Europe
and send out to us some good people to found a colony we decided to call New
Switzerland. It was hard to part with- either of our sons, and still harder to
choose who should go or stay, but that question was soon settled by themselves. We
had dined all t,.,thelr, and I then spoke of our wish to stay in New Switzerland.
"Long live New Switzerland" and we drank the toast joyously. "Long life to those
who wish to remain here" added Ernest, clinking his glass against his mother's and
mine, as he said: "Yes-I have made up my mind to stay with you here"
"I should like to stay here, but still England has greater attractions for
me" said Miss Jenny.
Fritz replied "All happiness to the dear pastor's family here."
"Fritz will go-" said I "he has a taste for travelling-but he will always
be welcome back to New Switzerland, to his first and best friends. But what
will Jack do"?
"Jack is going to stay here", was the reply- "He will be the besi rider,
the best shot, and the best climber, when Fritz is gone. I do not want to go to
school in Europe."
"That's just what I want to do," said Frank- "I think one of the family
should settle in the old country- That is if my father pleases."
"I shall take you at your word my boys, and may God bless you, whether
you go or stay."
66 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
The Captain was quite willing to take charge of the three wanderer's and
anxious to set out as soon as possible, so we bestowed all the gifts we could upon
our departing friends, and supplied the "Unicorn" with all the provisions we could spare.
I was very sad at losing my dear sons, and begged them to remember
the good principles I had tried to impress upon their minds, and to lead
On the last evening we invited the Captain and Officers to a farewell
supper, after which I placed the journal I had written of our life and adventures
on the island in the hands of Fritz begging him to have it some day printed in
Europe, in the hope that others might find comfort and pleasure in reading of the
many blessings and happiness that God had sent to us in the new world where
under His Providence we had spent so many useful and profitable years of our lives.
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