• TABLE OF CONTENTS
HIDE
 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Advertising
 Preface
 The wreck
 We reach for the shore
 We search for our late friends
 New scenes and new fields
 On the raft to the wreck
 We sail back to our new home
 We build a bridge
 We set out for our new home
 Our slow march
 We build the house
 Our home in the tree
 The Lord's day
 The sledge
 Our sledge in use
 New clothes
 To the wreck once more
 Our new boat
 The sow and the dogs
 The last of the wreck
 The ass leaves us
 A herd of wild bulls
 More new friends
 The wild ass
 We tame the wild ass
 New chicks
 The time of rain
 The sun rays once more
 The salt cave
 A shoal of fish
 View hill: Our new home
 Good health and sound hearts
 Back Cover
 Spine






Group Title: Altemus' illustrated one syllable series
Title: The Swiss family Robinson in words of one syllable
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Title: The Swiss family Robinson in words of one syllable
Series Title: Altemus' illustrated one syllable series
Alternate Title: Altemus' one syllable series
Physical Description: 161 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Wyss, Johann David, 1743-1818
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Publisher: Henry Altemus
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publication Date: c1899
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Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Family -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Castaways -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Shipwrecks -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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Family stories -- 1899   ( local )
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Family stories   ( local )
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page 1
    Frontispiece
        Page 2
    Title Page
        Page 3
    Advertising
        Page 4
    Preface
        Page 5
        Page 6
    The wreck
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
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    We reach for the shore
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        Page 24
        Page 25
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        Page 28
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    We search for our late friends
        Page 35
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        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
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        Page 43
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    New scenes and new fields
        Page 45
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    On the raft to the wreck
        Page 55
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    We sail back to our new home
        Page 61
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    We build a bridge
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
    We set out for our new home
        Page 78
        Page 79
    Our slow march
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
    We build the house
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
    Our home in the tree
        Page 90
        Page 91
    The Lord's day
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
    The sledge
        Page 96
        Page 97
    Our sledge in use
        Page 98
        Page 99
        Page 100
    New clothes
        Page 101
        Page 102
    To the wreck once more
        Page 103
        Page 104
    Our new boat
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
        Page 109
    The sow and the dogs
        Page 110
        Page 111
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    The last of the wreck
        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
    The ass leaves us
        Page 117
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
    A herd of wild bulls
        Page 122
        Page 123
        Page 124
        Page 125
        Page 126
    More new friends
        Page 127
        Page 128
        Page 129
    The wild ass
        Page 130
        Page 131
    We tame the wild ass
        Page 132
        Page 133
        Page 134
        Page 135
    New chicks
        Page 136
        Page 137
    The time of rain
        Page 138
        Page 139
        Page 140
    The sun rays once more
        Page 141
        Page 142
        Page 143
    The salt cave
        Page 144
        Page 145
        Page 146
        Page 147
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    A shoal of fish
        Page 149
        Page 150
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        Page 152
        Page 153
    View hill: Our new home
        Page 154
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        Page 156
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        Page 158
    Good health and sound hearts
        Page 159
        Page 160
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    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
    Spine
        Spine
Full Text





ALTEMUS' ONE SYLLABLE SERIES


THE


SWISS


FAMILY


ROBINSON

IN WORDS OF ONE SYLLABLE


WITH FIFTY ILLUSTRATIONS


PHILADELPHIA
HENRY ALTEMUS

























.LTE1MUS' ILLUSTRATED

ONE SYLLABLE SERIES
FOR YOUNG READERS.

Price, 50 Cents Each.

I /:.;OP S FABLES.

2 A C!I;LD'S LIFE OF CHRIST.

3 A CHILD'S STORY OF THE BIBLE.
. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON
CKUSOE.

5 I;UNYAN'S PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.

6 SWI S FAMILY ROBINSON.

7 GUILIVER'S TRAVELS.

Copyright z899, by Henry Allemus.











PREFACE.


T HE kind reception given to the author's
I system of writing in words of one syllable
has encouraged her to add to her works
the popular story of "The Swiss Family Robin-
son" as a twin book to "Robinson Crusoe."
The monosyllabic rule has been strictly adhered
to throughout, the only exception occurring
necessarily in the title of the book itself. The
author's object has been to provide what the
reviewer of her former works has called "a field
of exercise for a child who has just learned to
conquer words." "There is sure to be some
success," he continues ; "and it is a great point
in all teaching to let the first independent exer-
cise be one in which victory is really to be won
by moderate effort."




















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CHAPTER I.
THE WRECK.
FOR six days a fierce wind set in, which tore
our sails to shreds; the white foam of the waves
swept our decks, and the storm drove our ship
so far out of its course, that there was no one on
board who could tell where we were. All were
worn out with toil and care, and the oaths of the






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men were heard no more, but they fell on their
knees to pray.
My wife and boys clung round me in great
dread; but I said to them, "God can save us if
He will. He knows each rock that lies hid, and
sees each storm as it comes; yet if He should
think it good to call us to Him, let us not grieve
at it: we shall not part." At these words I saw
my wife dry her tears, and from that time she
was more calm.
All at once we heard the cry of "Land!
Land!" The ship had struck on a rock, and the
force of the shock with which she went threw us
off our feet.
Then came a loud crack as if the ship had split
in two, when we heard the chief mate call out,
"Launch the boats!" These words went like a
sword through my heart, and the cries of my
boys grew more and more shrill.
"Fear not, my dear ones," said I; "the ship
still lifts us out of the sea, and the land is near.
Stay here, and I will try to save you."
I went on deck, but was soon thrown down by






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the wild surge of the sea. Once more there
came a wave of such huge bulk that I strove with
it in vain, and fell flat on the deck.


THE WRECK.


The ship was all but in two. The whole of
the crew had got in the boat, and I could see the
last man cut the rope. I gave a loud call for
them to wait till we could join them; but from






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the roar of the waves my voice was not heard,
and all hope from the boat was lost.
The stern, which held those most dear to me
on earth, stood like a wedge, with a rock on each
side of it. I could see in the south a trace of
land, which, though wild and bare, was now the
aim of all my hopes; for there was no more aid
to be had from man.
I left the deck to go down to my wife and
boys. I then put on a calm look, and said, "Be
of good cheer. If the wind should go down we
may yet reach the land."
This made my dear boys dry their tears, for at
all times they put their trust in what I told them.
But my wife, who knew best how to read my
thoughts, saw how full of care they were; and by
a sign I made known to her that I had not much
hope that the wind would go down.
"'Let us take some food," said she; "it will
give us strength."
Night came on, and it grew dark; we heard
the wild waves boil with rage, and they tore
down the planks with a loud crash. How could







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the boats live through such a storm
thought I.
The boys went to bed and slept, all


as this?"

but Fritz,


/~ W *.~t
C, *Is


A HUGE WAVE CAME.

whom I took with me on deck to watch. He
and I could swim; but as the rest could not, we
set our thoughts to work out some plan by which


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we could get them to land, should the ship
break up.
SThere were casks on board, and we thought
we might bind two of them fast with ropes, and
leave a space in which to place one of the boys,
who might put an arm in each cask, and so float
to shore; the same for the rest of them, and one
for my wife. We put by some knives, string,
and such like things, which we thought might be
of use in case we should reach the coast.
At length Fritz, worn out with hard work, fell
to sleep. My wife and I had too much on our
minds for rest. We brought the load of our
grief, our doubts, and fears, to the throne of God,
and left them there; for we did our best not to
give way to them, lest they should chill our sense
of God's love, and dry up the spring of our faith
in His might.
Oh, how the time did seem to lag with us
through that long dark night! But, like all things
else, it came to an end at last. Words are too weak
to tell of the joy with which I saw from the deck
the first faint streak of dawn shoot up the sky.






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The wind was now more calm, the sea less
rough, and this brought a ray of hope to my
heart. I went to fetch my wife and boys on
deck; and the young ones were struck with awe
to find no one there. "The crew, where are
they?" said they. "Who works the ship?"
"My boys," said I, "One more strong than
man has brought us through it till now, and if
He think fit He will stretch out His arm to save
us. Let all hands set to work, and think the
while on this, God helps us when we help those
round us. Now we must think of what it will
be best for us to do."
Fritz.-" Let us leap in the sea and swim to
shore."
Ned.-" That may do well for you who can
swim; but all the rest of us would sink. Can we
not make a raft on which we could all go?"
"That might do," said I, "if we had strength
for the work, and if a raft were a more safe thing
to go to land on. But set off, boys, all of you,
and seek for what there is on board that may be
of use to us."






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As for me, I made my way to where the food
was kept, and my wife went to the live stock and
fed them, for they were much in want of food.
Fritz sought for arms, and Ned'for tools. Jack,
by chance, went where the chief mate's two great
dogs were kept, who leapt on him in play, and
were so rough that he gave a cry, as he thought
they meant to tear him; but want of food had
made them too weak to be fierce, and in a short
time he got up from where he fell, and rode on
the back of one of the dogs, and with a grave
look came up to me as I left the hold whence I
had been drawn by his cries. I could not keep
a smile from my face when I told him of the
great risk he had run, and that he ought to be on
his guard with dogs that had been kept from food
so long.
Now my boys all came round me with their
stores. Fritz had found six guns, some bags of
shot, and some horn flasks, and these held all
that we could want for the use of our arms.
Ned brought an axe, a spade, knives, nails, and
the like; but young Frank brought a large box,






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which it was as much as he could do to hold,
and when the rest of the lads saw what was in it,
they gave a loud laugh. "You may laugh if you
will," said I, "but Frank has brought the best


TWO GREAT DOGS LEAPT OUT.


prize of all, for these fish hooks, of which I see
the box is full, may save our lives; still Fritz
and Ned have done well too."
"For my part," said my wife, "I do but bring






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good news. I have found a cow, an ass, two
goats, six sheep, and a sow. I have fed them,
and I hope they will do well."
I told my boys that I thought they had all
done great things, save Jack. "But," said I,
"he has brought me two great mouths to fill,
which will do more harm than good."
Jack.-" The dogs can help us to hunt when
we get to land."
"Ah!" said I, "but can you tell us how to
reach the land?"
"Yes," said my brave Frank, "put us each in a
great tub and let us float to shore. I went on
-Aunt's pond in one."
"A good thought!" said I; "we may take a
hint from a child. Be quick, boys, give me the
saw, with some nails, and we will see what we
can do."
I found some casks in the ship's hold, which
we brought on deck; they were made of strong
wood, and were bound with hoops; in fact, were
just the right thing. My boys and I cut each of
these four casks in two with our saw; but it was






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a work of great toil to join eight tubs, so as to
make them all the same height.
We drank some wine which we found in one
of the casks, and this gave us fresh strength for
our work. At last our job came to an end, and
we saw with joy our small fleet of boats all in a
line; yet I could not guess how it was that my
wife should be still so sad at heart.
"I could not trust my life in one of those
tubs!" said she. But I told her to wait till the
work was done. I then sought out a long thin
plank, and put the tubs on it; but left a piece at
each end to form a curve like the keel of a ship.
We then drove in nails to make the tubs firm to
the planks, and in the same way put boards on
each side of it, so as to make a sort of boat,
which I thought might float in a calm sea.
But to our grief we found that our raft was of
such a weight that we could not move it an inch.
I sent Fritz to bring me the jack screw, and with
this and a thick pole I found I could lift one end
of the boat. Ned said he thought the screw was
slow. "What we gain in time we lose in force,"






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said I. "The jack is not meant to move fast, but
to raise weights; and the more weight there is, of
course the more slow it must be." I then took a
strong rope to fix to the stern of the boat, one
end of which I bound fast to the beam of the ship.
I next put two round poles for the boat to roll on,
and went to work with the jack to launch it.
The boys all stood on the ship's deck in great
joy to see it glide off, and then float like a swan
on the waves; and had it not been for the rope,
it would have gone off to sea. But our raft
leant so much to one side that there was not one
of the boys who would dare to go in it.
At this I was quite cast down, when all at once
I thought the cause must be that it was too light:
so I threw in all I could lay hold of, and soon
made my boat fit for use.
"Which of us is to go in first?" said the boys,
who all made a rush at once. But this I put a
stop to, as I thought that-full of fun as they
were-they might tip the boat on one side, and
get thrown in the sea.
It was now time to clear the way for the flight.






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I got in one of the tubs and made the boat fast
in a cleft in the ship's side. I then came back
with an axe and a saw, and cut off from the
wreck, right and left, all that might come in our
way. The next thing was to look out for some
oars, and we had the good luck to find some.
This had been a day of hard work for us all.
One more night was to be spent on board the
wreck, though we knew not that it would be
there till the dawn of the next day. And now
we sat down to a meal, for we had scarce had
time to snatch a piece of bread all day. We
then went to rest, and were more at our ease
than we had been on the past night.
I thought the best thing my wife could do
would be to wear the dress of a youth who had
been one of the ship's crew, as it would be more
warm, and would suit the raft best, and be most
fit for all the toils that were in store for her. She
felt strange in her new dress, but at last I saw
her laugh at it, as did our young ones. She
thenwent to her berth and slept well, which gave
her strength for the next day.






THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.


CHAPTER II.
WE REACH THE SHORE.
AT dawn we all woke up, and I said, "We
must now, my dear boys, go on the wide sea in
search of a home. Give all the poor beasts on
board the wreck food to last them for some days.
We could not take them with us, but we might
come back in our tubs for them. Are you all
there? Get what you wish to take with you, but
let it be things that will meet our wants when we
get to land."
I had put the guns on our raft, and I told my
wife and the lads each to seek for a game bag, a
chest of tools and nails, and sails to make a tent
with; and the boys brought so much that I thought
we must leave half, though I took out of the tubs
those things which I had thrown in to give weight.
Just as we got on board the cock gave a loud
crow as a hint that we left no food for him and
the hens. So I took all the birds with us, geese,
ducks, fowls, and doves. We put twelve of them









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WE MAKE FOR SHORE.







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in a.tub with a lid to it, and the rest we let loose,
in the hopes that the geese and ducks might swim
to shore, and the fowls and doves fly there.
Where was my wife all this time? She came
at last with a huge bag, which she threw in the
tub that held her dear Frank, and I made sure it
was meant for a seat for him.
This is the way we each took our place on the
raft:-In the first tub sat my wife; in the next,
Frank; in the third, Fritz, a good big boy, with
sound sense and full of life; in the fourth, our
dear Jack, ten years old, yet stout of heart; and
the fifth and sixth held all sorts of food. Then in
the next tub stood Ned, who was twelve years old,
with more thought of self than the rest, and slow
to move. I was in the eighth tub, bent on my
task, which was to guide the boat that held all that
was most dear to me in this world.
As we left the wreck the tide rose, which I
thought might be a help to us. We each took an
oar, in hopes that in the end we should reach the
blue shore. But, oh, how far off it did seem!
For some time it was all in vain, as the boat






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would turn round and round. But at last I found
the way to steer it so as to make it go straight on.
As soon as the two dogs saw us leave the ship,
they leapt in the sea and swam up to us; but
though my boys had a great wish to take them
with us, I could not let them come in the boat,
lest they should tip it down on one side. This
was a source of great grief to all, for we did not
think they would have the strength to swim to
shore. Be that as it might, Spring and Flox took
to the waves with a dash, as much as to say they
did not mean to be left. They came up now and
then to put their fore paws on the raft, and by this
means they kept up with us.
We went on and on, and I had much doubt
if we should reach the land. As we drew near
to it, my hopes were the more faint, so drear did
the coast seem; and, worst of all, it had a dark
ridge of rocks in front of it, that wore the look
of a frown, as if to warn us off.
Now and then we came up to some casks from
the wreck, and we drew them with us all the way,
by means of a rope. We did not cease to ply






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our oars till we got to the coast, and then, to our
great joy, we found a break in the chain of the
rocks, and the sharp eye of Fritz made out some
trees. I could not see them, but, by good luck,
Jack had brought a small glass, which he drew
from his pouch with some pride, and gave it to
me. By the aid of this I saw a small creek with
rocks on each side of it; and as I found that the
ducks and geese made up to it, I knew it was all
right. It was, in short, a small bay, and there
we got on shore.
All who could do so leapt to land in a trice; and
poor Frank, who had been laid down in his tub
like a salt fish, did his best to crawl out, but had
to wait for my wife to help him. The dogs, which
were the first to get to shore, leapt round with a
loud bark; the ducks and the geese kept up their
cry; and the fowls, which we had just let loose,
lent their cluck. All these sounds, with the noise
of the boys' talk, made a strange din.
The first thing we did when we came safe to
land, was to bow down and give thanks to God,
in whose hands were our lives. To cast off our







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own strength, and lay hold of the Lord's, is the


OUR FIRST DAY ON SHORE.

way to be strong-too strong for earth and hell
to shake us.






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If we make God our guide, how can we go
wrong? If we make Him our shield, why need
we fear? If we make His Word the lamp of our
feet, how can we stray? He is our life, our God,
our all; the Lord is our strength.
When we took all we had out of the boat-how
rich we felt with these few things!. We found a
good place for our tent in the shade of the rocks:
so we set to work with a pole and pegs, and then
we brought out the food.
I sent my sons to fetch some grass and moss
to spread in the sun to dry, that we might sleep
on it at night, and while all the boys, down to
Frank, were at work at this, I found a place near
a stream for us to cook in. The flat stones of the
rock made a good hearth, and it did not take long
to light up a bright fire of dry twigs; then I put
in the pot some squares of the new kind of soup,
and left my wife and Frank to cook our meal.
The poor child took this soup for glue, and said
he knew not how he could dine as there was no
meat to dress.
To land the guns was Fritz's care, and he took






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one of them with him to the side of the stream.
-Ned would not join him, for the rough road was not
to his taste: so he bent his way to the coast. Jack
set off to a ridge of rocks which ran down to the
sea to look for shell fish, while I went to try and
draw some of the casks on shore. But I found
that the place where I had come to land was too
steep to get them up; so I went in search of one
that lay more on a line with the sea. I had not
been there long when I heard screams from my
dear Jack. I took up my axe and ran to his aid,
and found him up to his knees in a pool with a
huge crab, which held his leg tight in its sharp
claw. Though the crab made off when I came
up, I did not lose sight of it, and as Jack had a
mind to take it home, I gave it to him. But as
soon as he took the crab in his hand, it gave him
such a blow that the poor boy threw it off and set
up a sad wail once more, and it was as much as
I could do to keep a smile from my lips. In a
great rage my boy flung a large stone at it, which
put an end to its life. When we came back to
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a huge crab! Ned! where's Fritz? Take care it
does not bite you, Frank! They all came round
him. "Yes, here's the claw that caught hold of my
leg," quoth Jack; "but I paid him out, the rogue! "
"What is it that you boast of?" said I. "You
would not have come off so well, had I not
brought you aid in time; and, pray, do you not
call to mind the blow on your face? The poor
crab did but make use of his arms to save his life;
but you had to hurl a great stone at him with
yours: so you have no cause to be proud, my boy."
Ned thought the crab would be a good thing
to put in the soup, but my wife set it by for the
next day. I then went to that part of the shore
where it had been caught, and drew my casks to
land there.
I told Jack that he was the first boy to bring us
food, for none of the rest had done so.
"I saw some shell fish on a rock," said Ned;
"but I could not get at them, for the sea made
my feet wet."
"Nay," said I, "I must beg of you to get us
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the rest, and take no heed of wet feet, for the sun
soon dries them."
"I may as well bring some salt at the same
time," said he;
"I saw lots of --.-
it in the cracks
&E
of the rocks, =
and I think it
must have -
been left there _
by the sea."
"No doubt,
my young,
sage," said I.
"Where else
could it have
come from?
And y ou
would have JACK CAUGHT BY THE HUGE CRAB.
done more good to fill a bag with it, than to
dwell on the laws that brought it there. But if
you wish to eat your soup with a zest, be quick
and get some salt." So he set off, and soon came






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back with some; but it was full of sand and
earth.
To stir the pot, my wife made use of a small
stick, and when she came to taste that which clung
to it, she said, "The soup is good, but how are we to
drink it? We have brought no plates nor spoons!
and how can we raise this large pot to our lips?"
We all cast a grave look at the pot-our grave
look then grew to a dull gaze-when all at once
we burst out in a loud laugh at our sad plight.
If we had but some large nuts," said Ned, we
might split them and make both spoons and plates
of them!"
"If," said I; "but we have none! We might
as well wish for some fine gold spoons with our
coat-of-arms on them, if it were of use to wish."
"Well," said Ned, "we can use shells."
"That is a good thought," said I; "set off,
Ned, at once, and get some. And mind, my brave
boys, no grunts and groans, though we find it
hard to hold our spoons, and-you should have to
dip your hands in the hot soup."
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knees in the sea by the time that Ned had got to
the spot. He tore down the shells from the rocks
and threw them to Ned, who put them in his game
bag (but took good care to let a large one fall in
his pouch
for his own
use), and
then they
came back
with their
spoil.
Fritz had
not yet come 0
home, and
my wife was 1 HE AGuUTI-FRITZ S YOUNG PIG.
my wife was
full of care lest all was not right with him; but just
then we heard his voice hail us some way off. He
soon came up with a feint that he was sad, and at
the same time hid his hands. But Jack, who took
a peep, said in a loud voice (by way of a joke),
"Good sport; a young pig!" The beast which
Fritz had shot was in truth no pig at all, but a
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Though all the rest of the boys had a wish to
hear Fritz tell of what he had seen and done, I
thought it right to take my son Jack to task for
the false tale he had spread, though but in jest.
Fritz told us he had been on the left side of the
stream, where the land lies low; and "as to the
casks," said he, "I could not count them, to say
not a word of chests, planks, and all sorts of
things from the wreck. Should we not do well
to go and fetch them? And at dawn of day we
ought to go there to look to the live stock, for we
must at least have the cow: our bread cakes would
not be half so hard if we had some milk to soak
them in."
Ned.-" How much more nice, too, they would
be! "
Fritz.-" Then I found a wood, and some rich
grass for the cow. I can't see why we should
stay down here, in this dull nook."
"Stay," said I, "we are but just come! But
first tell me, did you see a trace of our poor
ship mates ?"
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but I saw a strange sort of beast as big as a hog,
with feet like a hare."
The time had now come to sit down to our
meal of soup; the boys all burnt their hands, of
course, save Ned, wh -
took hii liarc -hell tfri om
his P:,:LIu,:: and w\h,-1n it












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Ss sunli thuught, my dear
Ned," said I; "but how is it you take so much
more care of your own self than of the rest?
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those poor dogs. We can all dip our shells in
the pot, but the dogs can't do so: so they may
have your soup, and you must eat as we do."
This struck the heart of Ned, and when he put
his shell on the ground the dogs took their meal
from it. As we all sat with our eyes cast on our
shells to wait for the soup to get cool, the dogs
fell on Fritz's hare (for so he chose to call it).
All the boys sprang up to drive them off; but
Fritz, in a great rage, took up his gun and struck
one of them with the stock end of it, till the force
of the blows bent it, and would have been the
death of the dog if I had not held him back.
As soon as he had had time to cool I took him
to task, and told him he had thrown us all in a
state of great fear; and, what was still worse, he
had spoilt the gun, which might have been of so
much use to us; add to this the hard blows he
gave would kill most dogs. "Rage such as this,"
said I, "leads to all crime. Do you not know
what Cain did ? "
"Oh," said -Fritz, "I grieve to think of what I
have done."






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As soon as we had had our meal the fowls came
round us to pick up the crumbs. My wife then
took out her bag, and fed them with some grain.
When they had had their fill, our doves flew to
the rocks, the fowls took their perch on the tent,
and the ducks and geese went to roost in a marsh
near the sea.
The sun sank all at once, and it was time for
us to go to rest. We took care to load the guns,
then knelt down to pray, and went to our beds
of moss; but, hot as the day had been, we found
the night was cold.
Once more I took a peep out, to see if all was
still, and then lay down to rest, and we all slept.



CHAPTER III.
WE SEARCH FOR OUR LATE FRIENDS.
AT break of day I heard the cock crow; in
fact, it woke me from my sleep. The first thing
I did was to rouse up my wife, and tell her of a
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the coast of the isle in search of our friends from
the wreck, and she thought as I did, that this
ought to be our first care.
My wife, who saw that we could not all go,
said she would stay where she was with her three
young ones, while Fritz and I went on our
search. I told her that to get back by the light
of day we must start at once, and should want a
good meal first; yet what was there for us to
eat? "Jack's great crab will be the thing," said
she; but it was not to be found. So while my
wife made up the fire and put on the pot, I woke
up the boys. "Where is the crab?" said I to
Jack; and he brought it from a hole in the rock,
where he had put it to be out of the reach of the
dogs, which ate up all that they could find. Said
I to Jack, Will you give up your crab to Fritz ?
We think the claw that caught hold of your leg
will make a good meal for him to start on, for
we shall soon be on a long march, and we must
first break our fast."
When he heard this, Jack gave up his crab
with a good grace.







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Ned and the two young ones leapt round me
like kids, to beg of me to let them join us.
"But," said I, if you all go, who is to take1
care of our new home ? "
I meant to take Turk, and with him and our
gun I thought we should make a great show of
strength. I then bade Fritz tie up Flox and get
out the guns.
Fritz gave a deep blush, and did his best to
get his gun straight. I let him go on for some
time, and then told him to take one of mine, for
I knew he felt pain for what he had done. The
dog, too, gave a snarl at him; but though he
held out some of the hard bread to him, and
gave him a kind stroke on the head, still it was
all one, for Turk would not trust him, while Flox
would lick his hand.
"Give him the claw of my crab," said Jack.
"Fear not, Jack, my boy," said Ned, "for they
will be sure to meet with nuts. Think of a nut
as big as. your head, with a cup full of milk in it !"
Please bring it to me if you find one, Fritz,"
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I then told them all that we would pray to
God first to bless our work, and then lose no
time, but set off at once.
"Ding dong! Ding dong! Ding dong !"
said my wild Jack, as in play he took off the
sound of the church bells; but I chid him for it,
and told him that though love for the Lord was
a thing of joy, yet it was not right to joke while
we were on our knees to pray to Him.
Poor Jack came and knelt down close to me,
to show me that he saw what I had said to him
in the same light as I did. I gave all the three
boys a kiss, and took leave of my wife and them.
I thought it best to load the gun which I had
left with my wife, and told her to keep near the
boat, as it would prove her best friend in time of
need. We all wept when we took leave, for we
did not know what our fate might be; but the
noise of the swift stream which we had to cross
would seem to drown the sobs of those we had
left, and we bent our thoughts on the work we
had in hand.
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an axe. The right bank of the stream was so
steep that there was but one place through which
we could cross it, and that was near the sea.
But at last, with some toil, we got to the left
bank. We had not gone more than a few yards
through grass, which was as tall as we were, when
we heard a noise as if some wild beast ran through
it up to the spot where we stood.
I felt proud to see that Fritz was so brave as
to stand and point his gun to the place whence
the sound came. What was our joy to find that
this fierce foe should turn out to be Turk, whom
our grief, when we took leave of my dear ones,
drove from our thoughts, and we made no doubt
that they had sent him off to join us. Fritz did
not fire, and I gave him all praise for this, as by
so rash an act we should have lost our best friend.
The sea was on our left, and on our right ran
a chain of rocks, from the side of which spread
fine woods, and on the skirts of these we took
our way. We kept a bright look out for our ship
mates. Fritz had a great wish to fire his gun to
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near us; but I told him I thought there would
be a risk in that, for if there were wild tribes on
the isle, they might rush on us, and kill us.
Fritz.-" I can't see why we should search for
the crew at all. I am sure the brutes left us to
our fate on the wreck "
"Fritz," said I, "we must do good to those
that hate us, if they stand in need of our help.
You must bear in mind that we have things from
the wreck which they have as much right to as
we, and that there would not have been room
for us in the boats; add to this, if we were cast
in the sea by the storm, which I make no doubt
they were, we should have been lost too."
Fritz.-" But we might make such good use
of our time if we were to go to the wreck to bring
the live stock on shore."
Should we not do more good," said I, "to
save the life of a man than that of an ass, or a
cow? The beasts on board the ship have food
to last them some days, and while the sea is so
calm there is no fear."
We now came to a small wood which ran down






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to the sea shore, in the shade of which we ate
our food, whilst birds stood on the boughs all
round us, whose gay plumes made up for their
harsh song.
Turk gave a loud bark at what we thought
must be an ape in one of the trees, and when
Fritz ran to look out for it, he fell on a large
round bird's nest; at least, so he thought it was.
But when I broke the shell, I found it was one
of the nuts which Ned had set his heart on.
"But," said Fritz, "where is the sweet milk
which he talks so much of?"
I told him the -milk was found in the nuts when
they were half ripe; but as this nut was ripe, the
juice had got thick and hard.
It took us a long time to get through the wood;
but at last we left this maze of boughs and roots,
and came to a broad plain, where, to my joy, I
found the gourd tree, which bears fruit on its stem.
"The shells of these gourds," said I, "will
make plates, cups, spoons, and forks."
Fritz leapt with glee at the thought.
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rank," said he; and he soon set to work to cut
spoon from the rind, in which he put sand, so
that the sun should not warp them, and left them
to dry till we came back.
"Can you tell me why the gourd tree bears fruit
on the stem, and not on the boughs?" said I.
"To be sure; the boughs would not bear the
weight of it," quoth he.
We then set out once more on our search, and
I took up my glass to spy round me, but saw no
signs of our friends. At last we got to a tongue
of land that ran out in the sea, to the top of which
we came at last with much toil, and from it we
had a fine view of sea and land, but still no trace
of man; and I felt sure that our mates had been
lost in the sea.
We now sat down once more to rest. "This
sea," said I, "which looks so calm, ought to fill
our minds with thoughts of peace; yet while I
think of those who, but four days since, were
swept off by the rude lash of its wild waves, and,
as I fear, lie dead in this smooth sea, its smile
would seem to mock them!"







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We had now to pass through ground on which
grew a vast crop of
canes, which made it
hard work for us to
walk, and I felt some
fear that there might
be snakes in it, which
I knew chose


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out such spots, so we
made Turk go in
front of us, that he
might start them, and
with his loud bark
put us on our guard.
When I cut the
canes, I was much
struck to see a juice
like glue come out,
and of course I must


HE APES TREW NUTS.
THE APES T11.REW NUTS.







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needs taste it. I found it was sweet, and gave
me as much strength as a glass of wine. But
when Fritz put it to his lips, he said,-
"Oh, such luck! What will the boys say to
this?"
He ate so much of it that I felt bound to check
him; and when we left he took a load of the
canes on his back.
We now came to a wood of palm trees, where
a group of apes took fright at us, and at the bark
of the dog they fled to the top of the trees, and
there, with grins and shrill cries, sat to watch us.
I held back Fritz's arm, for he would have shot
at them.
"We have no right," said I, "to kill, save for
food; and, in fact, these apes will be of more use
to us with life in them, than if they were dead, as
I will show you." I then threw stones at them,
and they in their rage took nuts by the score to
hurl at me, so we soon had a good store of the
nuts, from which we drank the milk. We gave
Turk the rest of the crab, bound up a store of
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CHAPTER IV.
NEW SCENES AND NEW FIELDS.
As we went, we must needs suck the canes, for
they were so good, till Fritz had great fears that
there would be but a poor feast for those whom
we had left at home. But I told him I thought
there was more cause of fear from the sun, which
might turn the juice sour; in that case there
would be'no need to spare them.
"Well, my flask is full of milk for them, that's
one good thing," said Fritz.
"Nay," said I, "there is more fear still of the nuts,
for you may make sure that they will turn sour."
We now got to the spot where we had -left the
spoons, and we found them quite dry, and as hard
as a bone. We had not gone far when Turk made
a dart at a troop of apes, who sprang from place
to place in sport. He bit hold of one of them
that held her young one in her arms, which made'
her flight more slow.
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from Turk's jaws, and so lost his hat, canes, and
cups; but he found that she was dead. The young
ape leapt on his back, and put its paws in his curls,
and no cries or threats could rid him of it.
I ran up to him with a laugh, for I saw the ape
was too young to hurt him. As it would not stir,
all Fritz could do was to take the cub home as it
was; for since it had lost its dam, the young thing
would fain look to him to screen it from harm.
It was but the size of a cat, though the old ape
was as tall as Fritz.
I did not wish to have one more mouth to fill;
but Fritz was loth to part with his pet, and said
that till we had the cow, it should have his share
of the milk from the nuts. In the mean time
Turk made a meal of the old ape, from which
Fritz strove to drive him.
'"Nay," said I, "if you drive the dogs off such
game as they have the luck to find, they might
spring on one of the young boys some day when
they are much in want of food." Fritz thought
we were well off to have two such fine dogs, and
that the ass too would be of great use to us.






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When Turk came up to join us the young ape
took fright at him, and crept up the breast of
Fritz's coat.























cub with a cord to Turk's back, and. lead the
cub with a cord to ~Turk's back, and. lead the






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dog. Turk did not like this at first; but a threat
and a coax made him yield in the end.
We went on at a slow pace for some time; and
I could but think of the state of joy in which our
young ones would be thrown when they saw us
come home with the ape like two Beast Show men.
We had but just got to the banks of the
stream which ran near our tent, when'we heard
Flox give a loud bark, as much as to say, "Here
they are Then Turk gave a bark, to tell them,
"Here we come!" But at these sounds the
young ape took fright, and leapt from Turk's
neck to Fritz's head, and come down he would
not.
Turk was but too glad to break loose, that he
might run to meet Flox and the boys, who were
soon at our side, and in great glee to see us
back once more. Each boy had a kiss, and then
came shouts of praise at the sight of the new pet.
"An ape! a real live ape! Oh what a love!
How did you catch him?" burst from the lips of
Ned and Jack; but Frank, who stood in some
fear of him, said, "I call him a fright."









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FRITZ AND THE YOUNG APE.






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Jack.-" I am sure his looks are twice as good
as yours. See how he laughs. How I should
like to see him eat!"
Ned.-" Now, if we had some of the nuts with
milk in them! Have you found some?"
"But I fear you have met with some risks,"
said my wife.
It was in vain to try to tell them all at once
what we had done. At length, when they let us
have some peace, I told them where we had
been, and that we had brought them all sorts of
good things; but that I had not seen a trace of
our friends from the ship.
"God's will be done!" said my wife. "Let
us thank Him that He has brought you safe back
to us. This day has been like a whole week
to me! But put down your load, and let us
hear you talk of all that you have seen and done.
We, too, have found work to do, though we
have not gone through all the toil that you must
have had. Boys, see if you can ease them of
their load."
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wife the game bags. Fritz soon gave out the
canes, and put the ape on Turk's back, to the
great glee of the rest of the boys. He gave his
gun to Ned, who said the gourds were of too
great a weight for him to take, so my dear wife lent
a hand, and we went on our way to the tent.
Fritz.-" It strikes me that if Ned knew that
the gourds held his dear nuts with milk in them,
he would not give them up so soon."
Ned.-"Give them to me; I will take them,
and the gun too."
My wife had a good meal for us at the fire.
She had put some sticks in the shape of a fork
on the hearth, which made a rest for a thin spit,
on which all sorts of fish were put to roast, and
a goose too. Frank was set to turn the spit, and
the pot was on the fire, from which came forth
the fumes of some good soup.
At the back of the hearth stood one of the
casks, which held a Dutch cheese in a case of
lead. All this was sweet to our sight and smell,
and we felt sure would soon be so to our taste;
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were on a lone shore where, till now, man's foot
had not been set.
I could not think my boys or my wife had lost
much time since we left them; but I told them
that they must not kill our geese quite so fast,
as we ought to keep them for stock.
"Have no fear," said my wife, "this is not one
of our own, it is a wild goose which was brought
home by Ned; Jack and Frank caught the fish at
the rocks, while I brought the cask up to the tent
and broke the lid of it, to get to this good cheese."
Fritz.-" Let's feed our young ape, who has
lost his dam's milk."
Jack.--"I have been to try him, and he will
not eat."
I told the boys that he must be fed with the
milk from the nuts till he could eat. Jack said
he should have all his share; but Ned and Frank,
on their part, had a wish to taste the milk.
Jack.-" Nay; but the poor cub must live !"
"And so must we all," said my wife; "so now
come and sup, and we will have the nuts by
and by."







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We sat down on the ground, and the meal was
spread. My boys cut the nuts in two with our


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saw, and made spoons of the shells. Jack took
good care that the poor ape should have his
share; and the way the boys'fed him was to put






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the end of a cloth in the milk, and then let the
cub suck it.
As night had now come on we all went to rest.
The young ape was laid on some moss to keep
him warm, with Fritz and Jack by his side; the
fowls went to roost on the tent, and we were all
soon in a deep sleep.
But we had not slept long, when we heard a
great noise, which the dogs and the fowls had set
up, and we thought, of course, that some foe was
near. My wife, Fritz, and I, each took a gun
and went out, when by the light of themoon we
saw a fierce fight, for our brave dogs had round
them a score of wolves.
Fritz and I let off our guns, at which two fell
dead, and the rest fled, but Turk and Flox soon
put them to death, and then, like true dogs, ate
them. We were glad to find it was no worse a
foe, and then went back to our beds, and slept
till the cock woke us with his loud crow, and
then my wife and I set our thoughts to work to
make plans for the day.






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CHAPTER V.
ON THE RAFT TO THE WRECK.
"WELL, my dear," said I, "I see some toil lies
in our path this day; Fritz and I must go on our
raft to the wreck, for if we are to save the live
stock, we must go at once; and there are bales
and bales of goods on board which may be of
much use to us. Yet I know not what to do
first, for we must have some place here to stow
them in."
"All may be done," said my wife, "in due time;
and though I shall be in a sad state of fear till I
see you both back, still I yield to the good it will
be to us all, so let it be done this day."
I then went to rouse my boys. Fritz was the
first to jump up, and he ran for a dead wolf, which
he found had got quite stiff. He put it on its legs
at the door of the tent, to make the rest of the
boys start; but as soon as the dogs saw it, they
sprang on it, and would have torn it to shreds,
had not Fritz gone to work the right way this






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time, which was to coax them off with food. But
their loud bark woke the boys, who made a
rush at the door of the tent to see the cause
of it all.
Jack was the first to come out, with the ape on
his arm; but as soon as the young thing saw the
wolf, which lay dead at the door, he sprang back
to his bed and hid in the moss, till no part of
him but the tip of his snout could be seen. Jack
took the wolf for a dead dog; and Ned, in a tone
of some pomp, said, "This is a gold fox."
We then sat down to break our fast, when Ned
gave a sly look at a cask which stood by.
"Ah," said he, "if we had but some lard to
spread on this hard bread, how good it would
be. Could we not get at this cask?"
He then brought out some lard from a crack
in the side of it.
"Your taste for good things, Ned, has brought
us a great boon. Come, my boys, who wants
bread and lard."
As our dogs lay at our feet, I saw that they
had got deep wounds in the heck; so my wife















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put some of the lard on them, which gave the
poor brutes much ease. Ned thought they ought to
have spikes round their necks to keep off their foes.
"I will make them some," said Jack.
While Fritz got out the boat, I set up a high
post, on the top of which I put a piece of sail
cloth for a flag, and I told my wife and boys they
must let it float in the air as long as all went on
well; but if they stood in need of us they were to
let down the flag and fire a gun three times, when
we should come back with all speed. I told my
wife that we might have to stay on board all night.
"Well," said she, "if I thought you would be
on the raft, I should rest at ease, but not if. you
slept on the wreck."
Our guns were all we took, as we thought we
should find food on board. But I must add that
Fritz would take the ape, that he might give it
some milk from the cow, as he thought it did not
seem "quite up to the mark." So we took our
leave, and went off in the boat.
When we had got mid way down the bay, a
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way; -at last we came to the creek of the rock
from which I had made my first start. Then we
went on board the ship.
Fritz's first care was to feed the live things,
each of which we heard greet us in its own way.
The young ape was put to the goat to suck, and



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OUR SICK DOGS.

this he did with so great a zest that it made us
hold our sides to laugh at so droll a sight.
Now that we had made our way to the wreck,
the next thing we had to think of was how we
should get back.
We knew that the wind which blew in our






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teeth as we came, would serve us now if we had
a sail; so a mast and sail were of course the first
things for us to look out for. We found a
strong pole for a mast, and to fix the sail to a
yard did not take us long. We then put a plank
on the top of the fourth tub on our raft, and so
made a deck. Fritz ran up a red flag to the top
of the mast as a sign to those whom we had left
on shore, to let them know that we should not
go back that night.
The next day we found all sorts of things that
we could turn to some use on shore, such as
shot, tools and cloth; and we took care this time
to bear in mind spoons, knives, forks, plates,
pots, pans, and a jack to roast with.
We found a chest full of good things to eat,
such as the new kind of soup, hams, some bags
of maize, wheat, seeds, and herbs. We took all
the tools we could find room for, some guns,
swords and a large roll of cloth. Our tubs were
full to the brim, and we left but just room to
stand. We now sent up our flag to say that all
was -right, and went to rest for the night.






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CHAPTER VI.
WE SAIL BACK TO OUR NEW HOME.
AT break of day I went on deck to look
through a good glass which I had found in the
ship, and I could see my wife with her.face my
way, as well as the flag, which flew in the breeze.
So as I knew that all went well with her, I sat
down to eat a full meal.
As to the live stock, it was plain that if we
made a raft for them, the beasts would not rest
on it; the great fat sow might swim to land, but
as to the rest we did not see our way with them.
At last Fritz thought of a plan by which they
might reach the shore, but which it took us two
hours to put in force, and this was the way of it:
the cow and the ass had a cask on each side of
them, well bound with strips of sail cloth, and we
put a block of wood on the head of each to hold
him by. We sent the ass off by a hard push, and
.he swam well when he had once made a plunge
or two. The cow, sheep, and goats all took to






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the sea as if they did not mind it, but the sow
broke loose from us, and was the first to reach
the land.
We then got in our boat, bound all the blocks
of wood (which held the beasts) to its stern, and
drew with us our train. We thought much of
our sail, for with such a load as we had, we could
not have got on with our oars.
Once more I took up the glass to look for my
wife and boys, when a loud cry from Fritz rang
in my ears:
"We are lost! Weare lost! See that huge fish!"
But the bold boy took hold of his gun, and
sent two balls at its head, and as it swam it left a
track of blood.
We were now not far from the shore, so we
let down the sail and took our oars, and when
the beasts felt the ground we cut off the wood
and each went on shore just in the way he
thought most fit.
So we came to land. But where were all those
whom we had left? We could see no trace of them!
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FRITZ KILLS THE SHARK,






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came up to greet us; and when our first burst of
joy had gone off, we sat down to tell our tale
from first to last. My wife's joy was great to see
the ass, cow, sheep, sow, and goats, and more
than all, to hear how well Fritz's plan to get
them to land had been brought to bear.
We then set to work to bring on shore all our
stores. I saw that Jack wore a belt of skin, in
which were put fire arms. Said I, "Where could
you have found such a thing?"
"I made it," said he, "'and this is not all; look
at the dogs "
The dogs had each a thong round his neck,
thick with spikes.
"It was I that thought of it," said Jack, "but
I had help when I came to sew the nails on."
I told him I should like to know where he got
the thong, the nails, and the thread from.
Jack then said, "The thong was made out of
the skin of Fritz's wolf, and the rest came from
the large bag."
"There is still more in it; do but say what you
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I sent Fritz to bring the ham from the raft, and,
to the joy of all, it was set out on the top of the
lard cask. My wife brought out twelve dove's
eggs, which were like white balls; and while she

















THE DOGS HAD THONGS ROUND THEIR NECKS, THICK WI1i. SPIKES.

spread our meal, Fritz and I took our load out
of the boat, and made use of the ass to help us.
~-- __. ,,












We sat down to cheese, ham, and eggs, with
the ass, cow, sheep, goats, dogs, sow, and fowls






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all round us. The geese and ducks kept to the
marsh, where they ate the small crabs. I sent
Fritz for some wine from the stores; and then
my wife gave us a sketch of all that she and the
two young ones had done while we were on the
wreck.
"As to the way in which I spent the first day,"
said she, 'I will spare your kind.heart, for I was
in such great fear that I kept my eye the whole
time on the flags and signs from the ship, which,
with the aid of the glass, I could see well. But
to day, as I was sure that all went well with you,
I set out with the two dear boys in search of some
spot to pitch our tent in, that had more to boast
of than this poor bare place. We went forth with
game bags, and knives at our sides; the boys
took our food, and I shut up the tent door with
the hooks. Turk and Flox went with us as our
guides; but when we got to the stream we were
in a great strait, for we knew not how to.'cross it.
So we kept for some time to the left bank, when
by hook or by crook the boys got me through it.
"We had now come to what we thought was






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a wood, which was in good truth but a group of
twelve trees, all of a great height, and which
would seem as if the air was their home more
than the earth; and the trunks sprang from roots,
each of which made an arch to hold up the boughs.
Jack put a piece of twine round the trunk of one
of these, to see what size it was, and found it to
be two score feet round the stem; and as far as
we could judge, it was three score feet high. A
short smooth turf grew at the foot, and near it
ran a clear brook with a bank of bright green
moss on each side of it. On the whole, it was
as swet a spot as the eye could rest on. Here
we sat down to eat our meal. The two dogs,
which soon came to join us, did not seem to crave
for food, as I thought they would, but lay down
to sleep at our feet.
"As for me, so safe and so full of peace did
this sweet spot seem, that I could but think that
if we were to build a home on the top of these
high trees, I could find it in my heart to spend
the rest of my life here.
'iWhen we set out to go home we took the






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road by the sea shore, in hopes that the waves
would have cast up things from the wreck which
might be of use to us. We found chests and
casks which we had not the strength to move far,
though we took them out of the reach of the tide.
In the mean time the dogs caught small crabs,
which they ate as fast as they could catch them.
I was glad to see this, as I knew the poor things
could not get their own food.
"As we sat down a while to rest from this
hard work, I saw Flox scratch a hole in the
sand, and eat some small things out of it with
a great zest. Ned stood to watch her, and then
said:
"'They are eggs! round white eggs! and such
good ones!
"We took twelve of them, and left Flox the
rest for her pains.
"While we put our spoil in the game bags,
we saw in front of us a sail. Ned was quite sure
it was our raft, but Frank was much in dread
lest it should be a boat full of wild men who
would eat us up. Yet we soon drove off these






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fears, and leapt from stone to stone, till we got
to the place where you were to land."
"Then," said I, "I make out from what you
tell me, that you have found a high tree where
you would have us perch like fowls. But how
are we to get up2"
"Oh," said my wife, can.you not call to mind
the large lime tree near our town in which a ball
room had been made ? We went up to that by
stairs; so why could you not make stairs in those
huge stems ? There we should live in peace, and
have no fear of wolves or foes that prowl by
night."
I said I would think of what could be done.



CHAPTER VII.
WE BUILD A BRIDGE.
THE next day we set our wits to work to make
a plan. In the end we thought that we would
build a home on the spot my wife spoke of in
teims of such high praise.







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"But the store house for our goods," said I,
"must be in the rock, as well as a place to fly to
in time of need, which shall be known to none
but us."
I told my wife that the first thing to be done
was to build a bridge, that we might bring all
our goods to the house and stores.
"A bridge!" said my wife. "Why can't we
make use of a ford as we have done? The cow
and the ass could take our stores."
I told her that a bridge we must have, and that
the boys and I would make it, while I set her
to work to stitch up some strong bags to put
shot in.
As our minds were now made up for this
change of home, I woke up the boys and told
them of our plans. We all gave a loud laugh
when we saw the young ape suck the goat, who
took to it as if she had been its dam. And as
to my wife, to see her milk the cow, one might
vow that she had been born a milk maid. She
gave us some of the warm milk, and put the rest
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had to go in search of planks of wood to build
the bridge with.
I took both Fritz and Ned with me this time,
as I saw we should have a good load to bring
on shore.
When we came up to a small isle at the mouth
of the bay, we saw there a vast flock of gulls and
sea birds of that kind, which, with their harsh cry,
fed on a huge fish. This fish was the shark which
Fritz had shot through the head, and he found
on it the marks of his two shots.
Ned struck some of the birds right and left,
and put the rest to flight. We cut off the skin
of the shark, which I thought might be of use,
and put it in the boat.
We found loads of planks there, which had
been thrown up by the high tide, and as these
were all that I could wish for to build our bridge
with, I did not go to the wreck. We- chose out
those which we thought would best suit us, and
by the aid of the jack screw and some strong
poles we bound them to the stern of the boat,
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work to dry the shark's skin to make files with,
and Ned in the mean while must needs muse on
the fact that the shark's mouth, is so made that
to seize his prey he must turn on his back, and


ott
2T~'s'


THE DEAD SHARK.


this gives his prey a chance to save their lives;
else, with such a maw, he would lay waste the
sea. At last we came to land, and a loud call
soon brought the boys to our side.






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They had been hard at work at the banks of
the stream. Frank had round his neck a net full
of fine craw fish, and Jack had the same. Frank
was the first to find these fish," said Jack, "when
he and I went in search of the best place to build
the bridge."
"Thank you," said I; "then may be you will
plan the works."
"Yes, yes," said Jack, "but just hark at what
we saw. When we got to the stream, Frank
gave a loud call to me, and when I came up to
him I saw Fritz's wolf with a coat of crabs on him !
I ran to fetch a net that we found on the shore,
and we- caught all these as soon as we had cast it,
and could have got more if you had not just then
come up.
I told Jack to keep as much as we should want
to eat, and put the rest back in the stream, and
I was glad to find that we had such good food in
our reach. We now brought our planks on shore.
I thought well of Frank's site for the bridge; but
it was a long way from our store of planks. To
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rope to the horns of the cow (as its chief strength
lies in the head), and one end we made fast to
the planks; and by the aid of the ass we took
all the wood we had need of to the spot which
the dear boys chose for the site of our
bridge.










I*N


WE BROUGHT THE WOOD TO THE BRIDGE.

To find out the breadth of the stream, Ned hit
off a good plan, which was to tie a stone to a ball
of twine and fling it to the left bank, and then
draw it back, and in this way we could judge
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string. So we brought from the coast those
planks which were of the right size. We found
the stream was one score feet wide; but to give
strength I made the planks rest three feet on
each bank.
But now we were in a great strait; for we knew
not how we were to hoist the planks on the left
bank of the stream, when the cow and ass had
brought them there. I said this must be thought
of while we ate our meal. "Craw Fish and Rice
Milk" was the bill of fare. But we were first
shown the two bags for the ass, which my wife
had made of the wolf's hide with twine and a
nail to pierce the holes with. As we ate our
meal, to talk of our bridge was the one thing to
do, and we gave it the name of the Swiss
Bridge.
We then went to work, and sent the ass and
cow, with Ned and Jack on their backs, to swim to
the left bank with the long planks, and so the thing
was done, I laid down boards on top of these
strong planks cross ways; but I would not fix
them, as I thought that if we should meet with a







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foe we might want to take down the bridge.
When it was made, my wife and I went up and


THE BRIDGE.


down it with as much glee as the boys. Worn
out with the toil of the day, we then made our
way home and went to rest.






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CHAPTER VIII.
WE SET OUT FOR OUR NEW HOME.
THE next day, with all my dear ones round
me, I went to pray; and we then took leave of
our first home on the isle, for we had now to set
out for our new house in the trees. I bade my
boys keep near me in a group, and on we
went.
We brought out the ass, the cow; the sheep,
and the goats. The bags were put on the backs
of the first two of these, and were full of things
of weight, such as pots, pans, cheese, bread, and
flour.
All was in trim for the march, when my wife
came in haste to beg of me to make room for her
large bag which held so much; nor would she
leave the fowls, lest they should fall a prey to
the wolves; but her chief thought was to have a
seat found for Frank, as he could not walk so
far. I could but smile at her wants, when room
was so scarce; but I gave in, and made a good






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place for Frank on the back of the ass, where he
sat with a pack on each side of him.
The boys came back, and said they could not
catch the fowls; but my wife said she would soon
bring them. "Well, if you do," quoth our pert
Jack, "I will let you roast me in the place of the
first chick you take." "Then my poor Jack,"
said she, ,
"you will
soon be on
the spit!
Lookhere!, ad t s m in t t,
As she said
this she -






shut the door, and caught them all. To tie the
wings of.each to its feet was soon done, and
they were put in nets, which were slung on the
cow and ass.






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All that we could not take with us we shut up
in the tent, the door of which we made fast, and
put chests and casks in front of it, and took our
way to our new home.
My wife and Fritz went first, then came the
cow and ass with their loads, and Jack drove the
goats. The young ape sat on the back of his
nurse, where his grins and tricks did not fail to
cheer'our hearts on the way, and he was quite a
pet with us all. Next came Ned with the sheep;
then I, like the Jews of old, with my flocks and
herds in front of me, came last. The two dogs
ran first to the front, then to the rear, as if they
thought we were all in their charge.




CHAPTER IX.
OUR SLOW MARCH.
OUR march was slow. We had ere long to
cross the new bridge, and here we had one more
than we had set out with; for the sow-which






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I;-~


OUR SLOW MARCH.






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was so wild when it was her turn to be caught
that we had to leave her-now came to join us,
with grunts which would seem to say, "This
change is not at all to my mind."
As soon as we had got to the left side of the
stream the beasts set off to feed on the rich grass,
and but for our dogs, we should not have known
how to catch them; so I told our "guard" we
would take the" road near the coast, where there
was no grass to tempt them. We had not left
the long grass half an hour, when bur dogs made
a rush back to it with loud barks and howls, as if
they were in fight with some foe.
Fritz and Jack ran off to the spot with their
guns in their hands, when Jack, who leapt in the
high grass up to the dogs, said, with a clap of
the hands:
"Be quick; here is a great beast like a Hedge
Hog, with quills as long as my arm!"
When I got up to it, it made a fierce noise,
and was so bold as to set up its quills at us, as
it had done at the dogs, who gave sad howls at
the pain they were put to. At last, to put an end


















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JACK'S HEDGE HOG WAS A POR-CU-PINE.


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In











W


\
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to the fight, Jack sent a shot in the head of the
poor beast, at which it fell dead.
"Jack is proud of his feat," said Fritz, "but he
is too young to make use of a gun, for he might
have shot one of the dogs, and what would be
still worse, one of us."
But I said that all did well to act for the good
of the rest.
My wife was then sent for, to see this strange
beast. Her first thought was to dress the wounds
of the poor dogs made by the quills. As Jack
had a great wish to take so strange a beast with
us, I put it in some soft grass, so that the quills
might not break.
At last we got to the end of the march, and I
must say I was much struck with the trees; for
they were of a bulk which I could not have
thought of. And we gave all thanks to my dear
wife who had sought out so nice a home for us.
We took the load from the backs of the cow
and ass, and bound fast their fore legs, that they
might not stray; but the sow we let go in the
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were let loose. We then all sat down on the
grass to think of the best site for our new home.
It was my ..
wish to f --: -'
mount the I
tree that
night. All
at once we
heard the
sound of a HEDGE HOG.
gun; but Fritz's voice set us at our ease. He
had crept out and shot a fine Pole Cat, which he
held up to our view with great pride.
"Well done !" said I; "you ought to have the
thanks of the fowls
-.- and doves, for the
S cat would soon have
made a prey of
them."
S"Pray shoot all the
HEDGE HOG AND YOUNG. rest, Fritz, else we
shall not have a chick left for the spit," said Ned.
I told Fritz to skin it at once, and throw the






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flesh to the dogs. I left my wife to cook our meal,
while I made the quills fit for her to sew with.
To do this I held a large nail in the fire till it was
red hot, and then sent it through the head of the
quill to make the eye.
All the time my thoughts were full of my house
in the air.
As we knew of no way to climb to the top of
the trees, I hung. the beds (which I had brought
from the ship) from the roots, for as I have said,
they grew in the shape of an arch some way from
the ground, while on the top of the roots we
spread the sails to keep the dew off.




CHAPTER X.
WE BUILD THE HOUSE.
WHEN my wife sat down to sew, I went with my
sons to the shore in search of wood to build our
house with; and we saw a vast deal that had been
thrown up by the high tide, but none fit for our use.






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As I knew that a house could not be built in a
tree if there were no steps to go up it, I did not
at first see that my way was clear.
But by and by the thought struck me that we
might make steps with two ropes for the sides,


and bits of cane to mount up by, which we did
with great ease, though we had to nail all the
canes to the ropes to make them safe. We then
drew them up by means of a cord, which I shot
up in the tree from a bow with a weight at the
end of it, so that it might fall back to the ground.


6






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All the boys were mad to climb up it, but I
chose Frank to go first, as he was the least
weight: so up he went while we held the ropes
firm. Then went Fritz with the nails and tools,
so that the two boys sat on their perch in the
sky, and made loud cries to us poor folks down
on the dull earth.
Then I took boards up to make the floor of
the house with, and came down by the light of
the moon. But I was in great fear when I found
that Fritz and Jack had not been seen, and still
more so when I heard their clear tones ring forth
in song from the tip top of the tree, where it was
by no means safe to go. When there, they were
so struck with the grand view which lay spread at
the foot, that they burst out with a hymn of praise.
I could not find it in my heart to scold my
dear boys when they came down, but told them
to tie up the ass and the cow for the night, and
get wood for our fires, which we should stand in
need of to keep off wild beasts. The doves had
flown to the top of the tree to perch there for the
night, and we found the fowls at roost on the steps.







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N :I \\ t ha t
the t..il, -.I tihe
day iai -i c'e
to an1 _n_1l, li e
sat cl-.i n It,' 'LIr
meal. TIi-,-n I
lit ui 1- 1 ii
watch Fi"s,
and\\ call \\wl-it
to re t, i.I


i.. WE BU --THE
WE BUILD THE HOUSE.


Ssl1pt--all save
oner, that is,-
and that one
\a. I ; f,.r care
ki;,:pt sleep from
mv ek:-s till near
tih: .lau\\ n ,t day,
as I diil not
think \i-; were
< satr, 1.,ut 1\ lien I
ha 1 had a i hort
-.1''1" I ro an., and
n u \ \Ve all -once
morec at work.






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CHAPTER XI.
OUR HOME IN THE TREE.
MY wife had the cow and the goats to milk,
and when she had done that she went in search
of wood for our use, while Fritz and I went up
the steps with axe and saw to get rid of
each branch, bough, and twig that came in our
way. We had put the last stroke to the floor,
and next had to hoist up the sail for a roof.
The huge trunk of the tree made a back to our
room, and the front let in a fresh breeze from the
sea, of which we had a fine view. With the rest
of the wood we made a bench and a few chairs.
While we took our meal the young ape leapt
first to this boy, then to that, for food, and ate
what scraps they gave him just as we did, and
with such fun in his looks that he kept us on the
broad laugh the whole time.
Our great sow now came back to us with grunts
of joy. We had not seen her for two days, and
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show that we were glad to see her. The boys


OUR HOUSE IN THE TREE.
then set a light to the.fires, the dogs were bound
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steps for the night. My three big boys soon ran
up them; my wife, who trod with more care, went
next, and got to the top with ease. I took Frank
on my back, and then drew in the steps; and
now we felt safe, like the knights of old when
their draw bridge was up.




CHAPTER XII.
THE LORD S DAY.
WE did not wake till the sun shone on us,
and as it was the Lord's Day, of course we did
no work, but we sang hymns, which we knew by
heart, and we could pray, though we had no books.
The next day all the lads shot with bows, and
I made a small one for Frank. So he set off
with his bow in his hand, of which he was as
proud as a prince.
It was my whim to give names to all those
parts of the isle which were well known to us.
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we ought to call the Bay of Tears when we thought
of all those that poor Jack had shed there.
"Nay," said my wife, "as it is the place where
we first set foot on dry ground, I think we should


WE GIVE THANKS ON THE LORD'S DAY.

give it the name of the Bay of Joy.
home had the name of Tent House;
isle where the fish was found, Shark


Our first
the small
Isle; and






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the swamp where the canes were cut, Bow
Marsh.
My wife and boys had a glass of sweet wine
to drink the health of the chicks and all who
were at Kite's Nest-for this was the name I
gave to our new home. When the heat of the
day had gone off, we set out to Tent House to
get more food and to bring the geese and ducks.
This time we did not go by the banks of the
stream, but kept in the shade of the chain of
rocks till we got to the Swiss Bridge. Ned wore
a belt of skin from the hide of the wolf.
Each of us had a gun and game bag save
Frank, who, with his fair face, his gold hair, his
bow and darts, was a sweet sight to look at.
Then came Turk and Flox, but some way off,
for they were in fear of Frank's darts. Knips-
the ape-took his seat on the back of Flox, who
could not shake him off.
New and bright scenes now burst on our view
on all sides. The fig tree grew here, the fruit of
which was of great size and good to the taste.
Jack was soon on the top of the sand rocks to






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pick some; but it had not struck him that the
figs had small thorns as fine as a pin's point, which,
of course, stung his hands and hurt him. He
came back with sad cries, and we could see him


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dance with the pain. I took out the thorns, and
put him in the right way to treat the fruit, which
was to run a piece of stick through the fig, and






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then pare it; and soon all the boys sat down to
eat them, and gave the best sign that they
thought them good.
While I put the stores on the ass and cow, my
wife and Frank had to cook all the good things.
Ned and Jack went to try to catch the geese and
ducks, which had grown so wild, that but for a
bright thought of Ned's, they could not have
done so. His plan was to fix a piece of cheese
to a thread for a bait, which was made to float on
the stream; the ducks soon took the cheese
down their throats, and were drawn out by the
thread. He then cut off the thread close to the
beak, and left the rest of it in their craw, and
threw them neck and heels in the game bag.




CHAPTER XIII.
THE SLEDGE.
I HAD seen on the shore some wood which I
thought would serve to build a sledge with, on






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which we could take our casks and stores from
Tent House to.Kite's Nest. The next day at
dawn I woke up Ned and left the rest to sleep.
We went down to the shore, and set to work at
the wood, and cut it the right length with the
saw; we then bound it to the ass, who drew it
with a good heart. We threw on it a small chest
.that we found sunk half way in the sand, and
Ned led the ass.
The chest was full of the clothes of the crew,
which were wet with the sea; but my wife thought
.much of them, for she said that our own would
soon be worn out. Fritz and Jack had shot
some birds, but I said, "It will save our shot if
you set snares to catch them." And I taught
them how to do so with threads which we drew
from the leaves of plants that we had found.
Then my two boys and I made the sledge, but
while we were at work on it we heard a great
noise from the fowls. Ned went out to look
round him, and saw the young ape seize and hide
the eggs from the nests, of which he had made a
store at the foot of our tree. When my wife






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heard of it, Knips had a box on the ear, and from
that time he was shut up till all the eggs had
been brought in. When Jack went up the trees
to set the snares he found that the doves built
there. I told him to keep a sharp look out that
our own birds were not caught in them, and by
no means to fire his gun in the tree.




CHAPTER XIV.
OUR SLEDGE IN USE.
AT the end of the day I had made my sledge
in this way: in the first place, there were two
long planks of wood with a curve in them, and
on these were three short ones put cross ways.
The fore and hind parts were in the form of
horns, so that the load might not fall out.
Two ropes were bound on to the front, and
my sledge was made. My wife was loud in her
praise of it, and Ned and I set off with it to Tent
House for some more casks, as our food had got




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