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The Swiss family Robinson in words of one syllable

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The Swiss family Robinson in words of one syllable
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Altemus' illustrated one syllable series
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Altemus' one syllable series
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Wyss, Johann David, 1743-1818
Altemus, Henry ( Publisher )
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161 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

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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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Robinsonades ( rbgenr )
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United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
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with fifty illustrations.

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ALTEMUS’ ONE SYLLABLE SERIES

THE

Sisco FAMINE)
JOB INSON

IN WORDS OF ONE SYLLABLE
Wit Firty ILLUSTRATIONS

PHILADELPHIA
HENRY ALTEMUS



/.LTEMUS’ ILLUSTRATED
ONT SYLLABLE SERIES

FOR YOUNG READERS.

Price, 50 Cents Each.

Z200P'S FABLES.
A CHILD’S LIFE OF CHRIST.
A CHILD'S STORY OF THE BIBLE.

A ‘THE ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON
CRUSOE, é

LUNYAN’S PILGRIM’S PROGRESS.

SWI.S FAMILY ROBINSON.

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS.



Copyright 1899, by Henry Altemus.



121K 18) BANC 18,

-YTHE kind reception given to the author's
system of writing in words of one syllable
has encouraged her to add to her works

the popular story of “The Swiss Family Robin-

Som AS. a) twin book 10. “Robinson —Gi1usoe.-

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

Conaducen words,
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.”









































































































THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

ae ASP alist cane
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



8 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

men were heard no more, but they fell on their
knees to pray.

My wife and boys clung penn Meni: = Sheat
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.

AllE=at-once we heard the chy of leand:
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,
“Taunch the boats!’? These words went like a
sword through my heart, and the cries of my
boys grew more and more shrill.

“Rear not, mysdear ones; saidml the ssiip
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



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 9

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



10 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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; | 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.

“Tet 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 aloud crash. ‘“ How could



THE SWISS FAMILY. ROBINSON. ii

the boats live through such a storm as this?”
thought I.
The boys went to bed and slept, all but Fritz,

a





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



“42 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

we could get them to land, should the ship
break up.

There 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.



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. | 13

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
fon tindsno-one tere < Phe crews wheres 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
WSs, eer all hands setto 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 J, “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.”



14 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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,



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 15

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



16 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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! ereat things, save. jack (But, © said ak
“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.”

Atl said le “but-can you™ tell) us how. ato
meach=tie 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
Canedon

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



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 17

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.

““T 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
cach side Of it, So. as to make a ssomt 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,”



18 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON..

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.



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 19

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
then went to her berth and slept well, which gave
her strength for the next day. ©



20 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

Cr Ageaie ie Re sels
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,

21



22 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 (ay
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 |
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



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 23

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



24 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 ina 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



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 25

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.



26 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 cookin. The flatstones 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



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 27

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. Ina
great rage my boy flunga large stone at it, which
put an end to its life. When we came back to
the tent Jack said ina loud voice, “A crab! Such



28 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 boastof?” said 1. ‘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.

‘“‘T 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 il, “ol must bes or youlto, gets
some then; for we must all work for the good of



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 29

the rest, and take no heed of wet feet, for the sun
soon dries them.”

“T may as well bring some salt at the same
time,” said he;
“T saw lots of
it in the cracks
of the rocks,
and I think it
foesite ave
been left there
byathe-sear-

“No doubt,
my young
sage,” said I.
eWhere- else
could at have
Comme iO My?
And you
would have ; .
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























JACK CAUGHT BY THE HUGE CRAB,



30 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.

“Tf we had but some large nuts,” said Ned, ‘‘we
might split them and make both spoons and plates
of them !”’

lie. said 1“ but wel have none! VWemight
as well wish for some fine gold spoons with our
coat-of-arms on them, if it were of use to wish.”

CONV Ell-? said Ned.<“we can use shells

’mhat isa good. thought, said Ik ““set-oft
Ned, at once, and getsome. 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.”

At these words off ran Jack, who was up to his



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 31

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
Ws€\j. sat
Leribe tiiey:
came back
with their
spoil.

Fritz had
not yet come
home. aad
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
kind of hare, which lives on nuts and fruit.





THE AGUUTI—FRITZS YOUNG PIG.



32 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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
pew

. 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, “we are) but just come lzsBut
first: tells me. did jyou7seey a: trace of our poor
ship mates ?”’

Fritz.—‘‘ No sign at all of man on land or sea;

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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, who
took his large shell from
his pouch, and when it




‘was full of soup, set
it down to cool, quite

proud of it.
“Vou have shown
an OUR MEAL ON SHORE. ;
‘ some thought, 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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34 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 Pritz's: hare: (for «so ‘he* chose to -callvit).
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
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As soonas 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.

he sun sank-all-at-once. and_it was time tor
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.

Crear ie hee
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
plan I had thought of, which was to go all round



36 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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
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Ned and the two young ones leapt round me
like sids, to. beg “of “me to let them joi ius.
Bute said le -if-you-alls eo. who 4S60 take!
care of our new home ?”’

I-meant to. take (urk, 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 Tet 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,”
said Frank.



"38 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.

We each took a large bag for game, a gun, and

(22.



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 39

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
show them where we were, in case they might be



40 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.”

Fritzi—‘ 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-tear:

We now came to a small wood which ran down



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 41

to the sea shore, in the shade of which we ate
our food, whilst birds stood on the boughs all
round us, whose gay oe 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,
ind came to a broad plain, where, to my joy, I
found the gourd tree, which bears fruit on its stem.

elhe-shells- ot, these gourds, said” “will
make plates, cups, spoons, and forks.”

Fritz leapt with glee at the thought.

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42 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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!”’



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 43

We nl now to ies through ground on which

= grew a vast crop of
canes, which made it
hard work for us to
“®e walk, and I felt some
“\\fear that there might
‘be snakes in it, which
I knew chose














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 Roane ee



44 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

needs taste it. J 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
thsi

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. ee

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. |

CNVe lave nomout< said lato skill caycsion
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
nuts by the stems, and set off on our way home.



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 45

Claw NIP Ie I IN
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

asabone. We had not gone far when Turk made

a dart at a troop of apes, who sprang from place
to place intsport Iesbit- hold@or-one- of them
that held her young one in her arms, which made
her flight more slow.

Fritz ran with all his might to save the old ape



46 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 orn
game as they have the luck to find, ne 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.



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 47

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



A FEW KINDS OF APES.

He did not care to have him quite so near,
and the thought struck him that he would tie the
cub with a cord to Turk’s back, and lead the



48 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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,
Cliche wWeeCOMe |. e = stit wat tNeSemSOUIG suatiic
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,

49



50 . THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.” |

Jack took my gun, Frank the gourds, and my



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 51

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. |

imtz=—“It strikes me that it Ned tknew that

the gourds held his dear nuts with milk in them,

he would not give them up so soon.”

Ned “Give: them to-me.") 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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52 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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
MObseats ao

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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THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 53

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













WOLF.

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



54 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 the moon 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.



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 55

GAC eles) hes
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
ethem 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



56 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 ital:

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.

“Vour 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 neck; so my wife



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Ly

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Cains



FOXES,

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58 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

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.

“T 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. IT 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
strong stream drove us on for three parts of the



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 59

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



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



60 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 fan up ated, flag tomhe 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.



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 61

Griese eae Rea Vel
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



62 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

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:

oNVe are lost! Weare lost! See that ie fish!’

But the bold boy took hold of his. gun, and
sent two balls at its head, and as it swam it lefta
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!

But we had not long to wait; for they soon



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64 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 ?”

“Tmade it, said he, “and this is not all= look
at the dogs!”

The dogs had each a thong round his neck,
thick with spikes.

“Tt was I that thought of it,” said Jack, “but
I had help when I came to sew the nails on.”

[ 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 WI1H 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



66 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 sweet 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 oye 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. |

“When we set out to go home we took the



68 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 asail. 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 up?”

Oh yesatd mye wile 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.

Gre Agee ee Valle
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
terms of such high praise. 7



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“But the store house for our goods,” said I,
“must bein 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
in flasks for us to take in the boat, and I then



72 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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,
and then put off. As we went on, Fritz set to



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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

















































































































































































































































































































































THE DEAD 8HARK,

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.



74 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 1; “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
ourreach. 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
get these to the left side of the stream, we bounda



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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 tooki
all the wood we had need of to the spot which
the dear boys chose for the site of our

bridge.



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
of the width of the stream by the length of the



76 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 ina 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.



18 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

Cree eae haa sOL
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 keepsnear me in 4 croup, and on. we
went. j
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,”
Saacuesses
“you will
soon be on
Crees picts
Lookhere!”’
As she said
this she
threw down
some grain
Hom shine mn
near the tent, and then some more in the tent,
which the fowls came to eat; she then went in,
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



THE ASS WITH THE PACKS,

cow and ass.



80 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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, thenscame 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
ram wnst tortie front, them to the sear, as if they
thought we were all in their charge.

Gress Re xe
OUR SE OW 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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OUR SLOW MARCH.



82 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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
oe 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 our dogs made
a rush back to it with loud barks and howls, as if
they were in fight with some foe.

Fritz and Jaek 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

















JACK’S HEDGE HOG WAS A POR-CU-PINE.

‘NOSNIGOY ATINVA SSIMS HHL



84 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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
way of her own will, and the fowls and doves



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 85

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
mount the
Biscee at Nac
night. All
at once we
heard the
sound of a
cum; but Eritzs, voice Set uS-at Ow ease, ble
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
cat would soon have
Manders prey mol

Siem
‘Pray shoot all the



HEDGE HOG.



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



86 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.

CaCl Te ee Ne
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.





THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 87

As I knew that a house could not be built ina
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,

THE HUGE TREES,



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.



88 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 Iwas 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.



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 89

Now that
the toils of the
day had come
to an end, we
sat down to our
meal Uhens
Fit Ape ey.
Watch “fines,
andweall went
1Ov shes >, sale:

WE BUILD THE HOUSE,











slept—all save
one, that is;—=
ancy “Lia Leone
was I; for care
kept sleep from
my eyes till near
the dawn of day,
ase *h, Vdidy not
think we were
safe, but when I
had had a short
sleep I rose, and
we were all once
more at work.



90 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

GEA ER Gn
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
my wife gave her all the milk she could spare to



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 91

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
to the roots of the trees, and we went up our



92 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.

G@ue AG eal alle
TEE Ie ORDsS =D Ane

WeE 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 madera. simalll one for tank. = Sohne senont
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.
The bay where we first came to land, Ned said



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 93

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. Our first
home had the name of Tent House; the small
isle where the fish was found, Shark Isle; and



94 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 Lurk and Elox, 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-allssides, Uhe fig tree.grew here the truit of
~ which was of great size and good to the taste.
Jack was soon on the top of the sand rocks to



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 95

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







THE WALK TO THE WOOD.

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



96 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

then pare it; and soon all the boys sat down to
Catathem, and cave the best sign that they
thought them ot

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 lett the rest.ol it ine thein-craw.-and
threw them neck and heels in the game bag.

GARE ages sake = Gee
THE SLEDGE.

I HAD seen on the shore some wood which J
thought would serve to build a sledge with, on



THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 97

which we could take our casks and stores from
fichemblouse= tonite s Nests “ihe nextadayaat
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
yousser snares to) catch them. = And iy 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



98 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

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.

Cre Pals cl.
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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ALTEMUS’ ONE SYLLABLE SERIES

THE

Sisco FAMINE)
JOB INSON

IN WORDS OF ONE SYLLABLE
Wit Firty ILLUSTRATIONS

PHILADELPHIA
HENRY ALTEMUS
/.LTEMUS’ ILLUSTRATED
ONT SYLLABLE SERIES

FOR YOUNG READERS.

Price, 50 Cents Each.

Z200P'S FABLES.
A CHILD’S LIFE OF CHRIST.
A CHILD'S STORY OF THE BIBLE.

A ‘THE ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON
CRUSOE, é

LUNYAN’S PILGRIM’S PROGRESS.

SWI.S FAMILY ROBINSON.

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS.



Copyright 1899, by Henry Altemus.
121K 18) BANC 18,

-YTHE kind reception given to the author's
system of writing in words of one syllable
has encouraged her to add to her works

the popular story of “The Swiss Family Robin-

Som AS. a) twin book 10. “Robinson —Gi1usoe.-

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

Conaducen words,
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.”



































































































THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

ae ASP alist cane
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
8 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

men were heard no more, but they fell on their
knees to pray.

My wife and boys clung penn Meni: = Sheat
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.

AllE=at-once we heard the chy of leand:
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,
“Taunch the boats!’? These words went like a
sword through my heart, and the cries of my
boys grew more and more shrill.

“Rear not, mysdear ones; saidml the ssiip
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
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 9

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
10 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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; | 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.

“Tet 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 aloud crash. ‘“ How could
THE SWISS FAMILY. ROBINSON. ii

the boats live through such a storm as this?”
thought I.
The boys went to bed and slept, all but Fritz,

a





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
“42 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

we could get them to land, should the ship
break up.

There 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.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. | 13

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
fon tindsno-one tere < Phe crews wheres 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
WSs, eer all hands setto 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 J, “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.”
14 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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,
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 15

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
16 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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! ereat things, save. jack (But, © said ak
“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.”

Atl said le “but-can you™ tell) us how. ato
meach=tie 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
Canedon

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
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 17

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.

““T 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
cach side Of it, So. as to make a ssomt 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,”
18 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON..

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.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 19

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
then went to her berth and slept well, which gave
her strength for the next day. ©
20 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

Cr Ageaie ie Re sels
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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22 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 (ay
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 |
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
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 23

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
24 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 ina 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
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 25

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.
26 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 cookin. The flatstones 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
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 27

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. Ina
great rage my boy flunga large stone at it, which
put an end to its life. When we came back to
the tent Jack said ina loud voice, “A crab! Such
28 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 boastof?” said 1. ‘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.

‘“‘T 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 il, “ol must bes or youlto, gets
some then; for we must all work for the good of
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 29

the rest, and take no heed of wet feet, for the sun
soon dries them.”

“T may as well bring some salt at the same
time,” said he;
“T saw lots of
it in the cracks
of the rocks,
and I think it
foesite ave
been left there
byathe-sear-

“No doubt,
my young
sage,” said I.
eWhere- else
could at have
Comme iO My?
And you
would have ; .
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























JACK CAUGHT BY THE HUGE CRAB,
30 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.

“Tf we had but some large nuts,” said Ned, ‘‘we
might split them and make both spoons and plates
of them !”’

lie. said 1“ but wel have none! VWemight
as well wish for some fine gold spoons with our
coat-of-arms on them, if it were of use to wish.”

CONV Ell-? said Ned.<“we can use shells

’mhat isa good. thought, said Ik ““set-oft
Ned, at once, and getsome. 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.”

At these words off ran Jack, who was up to his
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 31

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
Ws€\j. sat
Leribe tiiey:
came back
with their
spoil.

Fritz had
not yet come
home. aad
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
kind of hare, which lives on nuts and fruit.





THE AGUUTI—FRITZS YOUNG PIG.
32 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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
pew

. 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, “we are) but just come lzsBut
first: tells me. did jyou7seey a: trace of our poor
ship mates ?”’

Fritz.—‘‘ No sign at all of man on land or sea;

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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, who
took his large shell from
his pouch, and when it




‘was full of soup, set
it down to cool, quite

proud of it.
“Vou have shown
an OUR MEAL ON SHORE. ;
‘ some thought, my dear

Ned,” said I; ‘but how is it you take so much
more care of your own self than of the rest?
Now, pray, give what is in the large shell to
34 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 Pritz's: hare: (for «so ‘he* chose to -callvit).
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 soonas 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.

he sun sank-all-at-once. and_it was time tor
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.

Crear ie hee
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
plan I had thought of, which was to go all round
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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 sids, to. beg “of “me to let them joi ius.
Bute said le -if-you-alls eo. who 4S60 take!
care of our new home ?”’

I-meant to. take (urk, 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 Tet 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,”
said Frank.
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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.

We each took a large bag for game, a gun, and

(22.
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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
show them where we were, in case they might be
40 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.”

Fritzi—‘ 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-tear:

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 oe 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,
ind came to a broad plain, where, to my joy, I
found the gourd tree, which bears fruit on its stem.

elhe-shells- ot, these gourds, said” “will
make plates, cups, spoons, and forks.”

Fritz leapt with glee at the thought.

‘Now we can drink our soup like men of high
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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 nl now to ies through ground on which

= grew a vast crop of
canes, which made it
hard work for us to
“®e walk, and I felt some
“\\fear that there might
‘be snakes in it, which
I knew chose














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 Roane ee
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needs taste it. J 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
thsi

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. ee

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. |

CNVe lave nomout< said lato skill caycsion
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
nuts by the stems, and set off on our way home.
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Claw NIP Ie I IN
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

asabone. We had not gone far when Turk made

a dart at a troop of apes, who sprang from place
to place intsport Iesbit- hold@or-one- of them
that held her young one in her arms, which made
her flight more slow.

Fritz ran with all his might to save the old ape
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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 orn
game as they have the luck to find, ne 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.



A FEW KINDS OF APES.

He did not care to have him quite so near,
and the thought struck him that he would tie the
cub with a cord to Turk’s back, and lead the
48 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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,
Cliche wWeeCOMe |. e = stit wat tNeSemSOUIG suatiic
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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50 . THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.” |

Jack took my gun, Frank the gourds, and my
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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. |

imtz=—“It strikes me that it Ned tknew that

the gourds held his dear nuts with milk in them,

he would not give them up so soon.”

Ned “Give: them to-me.") 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;
and for the time we lost sight of the fact that we
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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
MObseats ao

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













WOLF.

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 the moon 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.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 55

GAC eles) hes
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
ethem 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
56 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 ital:

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.

“Vour 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 neck; so my wife
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FOXES,

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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.

“T 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. IT 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
strong stream drove us on for three parts of the
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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



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 fan up ated, flag tomhe 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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Griese eae Rea Vel
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:

oNVe are lost! Weare lost! See that ie fish!’

But the bold boy took hold of his. gun, and
sent two balls at its head, and as it swam it lefta
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!

But we had not long to wait; for they soon
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FRITZ KILLS THE SHARK,

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64 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 ?”

“Tmade it, said he, “and this is not all= look
at the dogs!”

The dogs had each a thong round his neck,
thick with spikes.

“Tt was I that thought of it,” said Jack, “but
I had help when I came to sew the nails on.”

[ 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
want!’ quoth my wife.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 65

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 WI1H 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
66 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 sweet 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 oye 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. |

“When we set out to go home we took the
68 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 asail. 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 up?”

Oh yesatd mye wile 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.

Gre Agee ee Valle
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
terms of such high praise. 7
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“But the store house for our goods,” said I,
“must bein 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
in flasks for us to take in the boat, and I then
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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,
and then put off. As we went on, Fritz set to
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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

















































































































































































































































































































































THE DEAD 8HARK,

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.
74 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 1; “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
ourreach. 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
get these to the left side of the stream, we bounda
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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 tooki
all the wood we had need of to the spot which
the dear boys chose for the site of our

bridge.



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
of the width of the stream by the length of the
76 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 ina 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.
18 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

Cree eae haa sOL
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 keepsnear me in 4 croup, and on. we
went. j
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,”
Saacuesses
“you will
soon be on
Crees picts
Lookhere!”’
As she said
this she
threw down
some grain
Hom shine mn
near the tent, and then some more in the tent,
which the fowls came to eat; she then went in,
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



THE ASS WITH THE PACKS,

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, thenscame 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
ram wnst tortie front, them to the sear, as if they
thought we were all in their charge.

Gress Re xe
OUR SE OW 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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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
oe 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 our dogs made
a rush back to it with loud barks and howls, as if
they were in fight with some foe.

Fritz and Jaek 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














JACK’S HEDGE HOG WAS A POR-CU-PINE.

‘NOSNIGOY ATINVA SSIMS HHL
84 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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
way of her own will, and the fowls and doves
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 85

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
mount the
Biscee at Nac
night. All
at once we
heard the
sound of a
cum; but Eritzs, voice Set uS-at Ow ease, ble
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
cat would soon have
Manders prey mol

Siem
‘Pray shoot all the



HEDGE HOG.



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
86 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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.

CaCl Te ee Ne
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.


THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 87

As I knew that a house could not be built ina
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,

THE HUGE TREES,



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.
88 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

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 Iwas 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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Now that
the toils of the
day had come
to an end, we
sat down to our
meal Uhens
Fit Ape ey.
Watch “fines,
andweall went
1Ov shes >, sale:

WE BUILD THE HOUSE,











slept—all save
one, that is;—=
ancy “Lia Leone
was I; for care
kept sleep from
my eyes till near
the dawn of day,
ase *h, Vdidy not
think we were
safe, but when I
had had a short
sleep I rose, and
we were all once
more at work.
90 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

GEA ER Gn
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
my wife gave her all the milk she could spare to
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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
to the roots of the trees, and we went up our
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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.

G@ue AG eal alle
TEE Ie ORDsS =D Ane

WeE 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 madera. simalll one for tank. = Sohne senont
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.
The bay where we first came to land, Ned said
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 93

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. Our first
home had the name of Tent House; the small
isle where the fish was found, Shark 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 Lurk and Elox, 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-allssides, Uhe fig tree.grew here the truit of
~ which was of great size and good to the taste.
Jack was soon on the top of the sand rocks to
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 95

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







THE WALK TO THE WOOD.

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
96 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

then pare it; and soon all the boys sat down to
Catathem, and cave the best sign that they
thought them ot

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 lett the rest.ol it ine thein-craw.-and
threw them neck and heels in the game bag.

GARE ages sake = Gee
THE SLEDGE.

I HAD seen on the shore some wood which J
thought would serve to build a sledge with, on
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 97

which we could take our casks and stores from
fichemblouse= tonite s Nests “ihe nextadayaat
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
yousser snares to) catch them. = And iy 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
98 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

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.

Cre Pals cl.
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
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 99

low; and I left the rest in the care of Fritz. We
bound the cow and ass to the sledge, made a
whip out of a cane and a piece of twine, and took
our way by the shore, as that was. the best road
for the sledge; and by the help of Swiss Bridge



























A PLACE TO BATHE AND FISH.

we were soon at Tent House. Here we took
out the ass and cow and let them graze, and soon
set to work to load the sledge once more with
all that we could find that was good to eat.
100 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

So hard at work were we at this, that we did
not give the beasts a thought, but they took it
in their heads to cross the bridge, and roam out
of sight. I told Ned to look to them, and in
the mean time I cut a load of the rush which
grew in that part. When Ned came back I found
he had made good use of his wits, for he took
care to lift off the first planks of the bridge, so
that there was now no fear that the beasts would
Stray.

We took a bathe, and then Fritz went to fish.
He had not been gone long when I heard him
cry out:

“Oh, pray come and help me; here is sucha
huge fish! I can’t hold it, it will break my line!”’

I ran up to lend my aid, and found that poor
Fritz lay with his face on the ground, and gave
tugs at his line, to which hung so large a fish
that it all but broke it.

I drew it to a pool, and we thought our good
cook would be much struck with such a prize;
so I put some salt to it, and brought it home on
the sledge.
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CeCe le Re Oe
NEW CLOTHES.

WHEN I got home I found that the boys were
clad in the clothes which we found in the small
chest, and this new style of dress brought screams
of mirth from all, as the clothes did not suit their
shape or their age; but my wife thought that to
wear these was not so bad as to go with none at
all. The next day when I rose, I broke the news
to her that I must go once more to the wreck,
and bade Fritz get out all that we should
want.

My wife was as sad this time as the last, and
to add to her grief, Ned and Jack were no where
to be found. But we set out for Tent House,
and on our way we heard cries so loud as to fill
the air. We gave a start, and all at once Ned |
and Jack leapt up from some trees, mad with
glee to find that their plan to join us should (as
they thought) turn out so well. Their fun was
to make us think that a tribe of wild men stood
102 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

round us to close us in; but I sent them both
back, and told them that it was wrong to come
out when they had not had leave to do so. At
this they felt much shame, and hung down their
heads; but to cheer them up, I bade Fritz give
Ned his watch that he might know how the time
went while we were gone. And as I had seena
case full of them in the ship, I knew it would be
no loss to us. We got out our boat, and by the
aid of the stream which ran through the bay we
soon came up to the ship.

The first work to turn our hands to was to
make a new raft. We found at least ten tubs,
which we threw in the sea, and laid some long
planks on them, and these we bound to them
with ropes. This took up the whole of the first
day, and we had but time to eat some cold meat
which we had brought with us, and then we went
to rest for the night.
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Cleves Re Vale
TO THE WRECK ONCE MORE.

THE next day we put the goods on the raft,
and took all that we could lay our hands on.
There were rich gems of great cost, gold, and
some small cash; these we had at first a wish to
take, but soon gave them up for things that
would be.Ol more: USE to us, such aS a case of
plants and trees which were kept in damp moss.
I saw with joy two or three plum trees, some
young shoots of the vine, and a peach tree. How
I did long to plant them !

There were pigs of lead, cart wheels, tongs,
coils of wire, sacks of maize, peas, oats, and a
small hand mill. We knew not what to take,
and what to leave, but we brought as much as it
was safe for the raft to hold, and then we made
LO Ne: SNOLe:

Though the wind was fair, yet we got on ata
slow rate, for the mast we had to tug kept us
back. When we came on shore Fritz gave a
104 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

shout... All tam to @teet.us;-and creat was
their joy to see such a load of goods. I sent the
boys for the sledge to take some of our freight
on shore at once, as the ebb tide left our boat
dry on the sand.

By the aid of the jack screw we brought two |
large rolls of lead from the raft; and these were
a great boon to us, as-we stood in need of them
to make shot with. We took on shore the chest
of tools, and wheels for our sledge, and then we
sat down in the shade to rest and eat our meal.

“And now,” said my wife, ‘since you have
had such a hard day’s work, I think I can give
you some wine to cheer you up.” |

She then brought out some choice wine from
a small cask that had been cast on shore by the
waves, and which she and the boys had brought
to Kite’s Nest.

My wife went up the steps to stow the goods,
which took all our strength to hoist up to her.
This done, we lay down on our beds, and I need
not add that our sleep that night was sound and
sweet.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 105

CAEAIP aire De niey
OUR NEW BOAT.

Day by day we went to the wreck, for a whole
week, for we had found a great prize there in the
shape of a boat.







WE SUP, AND HAVE SOME WINE.

“To work! To work!” said I to the three
boys.
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Bach piece vot sit had =a chalk” mark: to show
where it was to join to the next. I saw it would
take some days to make, and I could get no
sleep that night for the thought of it.

To clear a space on deck for it took us an hour
or two, and we came on shore each night when
our work was done, but not to the Kite’s Nest;
for my dear wife had left it and come to Tent
House, as she thought it would suit us best to
be there while we had this long job in hand. At
last our boat was set up. It was light, and had
the look of a craft that would sail well. At the
head was a short deck, and the mast and sails
were stout. To caulk all the seams with tow
and tar was the last thing we did, but just for the —
look of it we put two small guns in, which we
bound to its side by chains. And now the boat
stood on the stocks, but how could we get it to
float? The ship’s side was so strong that to
force a way for it was not to be thought of; all
at once a bold plan struck me, but in which there
was some risk that all might be lost as well as |
won. In a word, that part of the ship which
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 107



stood in the way of the launch, I blew up. But
I did not make my scheme known lest it should
not turn out as I could wish. So I laid down a
long match and then came on shore.

When it blew up, ‘What's that?” said all my
boys at once, with a start. ‘It must be some
foe,” said Jack. Fritz thought it might be a ship
out at sea in want of help; but Ned said, ‘Let’s
get out the glass and see.”

My wife’s fears were that we had left a light
on board, and that this had blown up the
wreck.

“Be that as it may,” said I, “we will go and
find out the cause of it, for it is from the wreck
that the sound came. Who will go with me?”
My three sons at once leapt in the boat, and off
we went, and as we had each an oar, we were
soon on board the ship, which lay just where we -
had left it; part of the side was gone, and in its
place stood our boat safe and sound.

“All hail! All hail!” I Sane out.. < Whe boat
is our own, for now we can launch her!”

“Ah, I see,” said Fritz, “you have blown up
108 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

the ship. But how could you do it so as to save
the boat ?”’

“You will see by and by,” said I.

To launch, load, and fit out our boat took us
two days. :

At last we put up our masts and sails, and
when we got to the Bay, I gave my boys leave
to fire one of the guns: so Ned and Jack put the
match to it, and bang! it went. My wife and
Frank ran out in great fear, but our shouts of
joy sccn told the glad tale, and a plank was put
that my wife might get in the boat; and she could
‘but praise our skill, ‘‘for,” said she, ‘‘the boat
rides on the waves like a queen in full state.”

We soon came on shore, and when we had got
as far as the Swiss Bridge my wife held out her
hand to point with some pride to a plot of ground
which she and Frank had laid out in beds and
walks.
— “See! this is our work!” said she. “Here are
peas, and beans, as well as pines, and maize.”’
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THE BOAT IS OUR OWN,
110 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

GRA Ray Reavy

THE SOW AND THE DOGS.

We then got to Kite’s Nest, to the great joy
of my wife, who had a dread of the heat of Tent
House. The next day I found that the doves
had built in our tree, and that the nests had eggs
in them. We brought out the fruit trees which
we had found on board the ship, and we laid outa
piece of ground to plant them in. As we had no
meat to eat we went out with our guns in search
of game. My wife went with us this time, as she
had a wish to see the world. The three boys
and I set off with our guns, next came my wife,
and Frank—who led the ass,—then Knips on the
back of the mild Flox.

We soon came to the wood where Fritz and I
had the fight with the apes. Ned gave a look at
the nuts, but there were no apes there this time
to throw them down.

“Do they not fall from the trees when they
are ripe: said’ Ned; when down fell a nut at
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his feet, then one or two more. ‘My words act
like a charm!” said he; ‘‘I have but to speak,
you see, and they fall at my feet.”



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































THE BOAT RODE THE WAVES LIKE A QUEEN IN FULL STATE.

“Flere comes the rogue that sent them,’’ said
I, when I saw a huge land crab come down from
the tree.
112 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

Jack struck a blow at him, but did not hit him.
The beast spread out his claws and made up to
him, when poor Jack fled in great fear. But a
loud laugh from the rest gave him pluck, and he
threw off his coat and put the beast to death.

All got round it to see what it was like, and I
told them that when the nuts do not break by
the fall, the crab puts its claw in the small holes
- which are at the top of the shell to take out the
nut, which it eats. We then went to the Gourd
Wood, where my wife and boys were much struck
with the growth of the large gourds which they
found there. When we sat down to our meal,
Fritz made a large spoon out of one of them to
skim the milk with, as well as bowls and flasks;
while Ned—who had no taste for work of that
sort—went for a stroll in the thick wood.

All at once we saw him run to us in great
fear, and cry out, “A wild boar! A great wild
boar!’

Fritz and I took up our guns and ran to the
spot, but the dogs went first. We soon heard
barks and loud grunts, by which we knew that a
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 113
fight went on, and off we set in the hope of a
good prize.

What did we see,—a wild boar? No, but our
own great sow, which Turk and Flox held by the




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ears! She had grown so wild that she had left
us to live in the woods; and of course I made
the dogs give up their prize.

PCH PILE Re Xx 1<
THE LAST OF THE WRECK.

Tue next day I thought I would roam far and
near till I made sure that we were in good truth
ii4 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

on an isle; and I took with me Fritz, Purk, and
the ass. As we went through a wood of oaks
we met with the sow once more, but this time
she did not run from us.

Fritz shot some birds of the jay tribe, and he
had not had time to load his gun when we heard
a strange noise like a drum, but not so loud, and
at the same time a sharp, harsh cry. We both
made a rush with our guns to a copse, and there
we found a green bird, which spread his wings
and gave a strut up and down the branch of a
tree, where he made his shrill note, and the sound
of the drum came from his wing, which he struck
on the stem of it. I knew this to be the green
grouse, and as all at home were much in need
of food Fritz shot the bird.

In this tour we met with no sort of fright, and
no one thing to boast of. We then came home
to turn our hands to a cart; for we found we
could not go far from home for the want of one.
We made a rough sort of thing with the wheels
which we had brought from the wreck, and
found it of great use to us.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 115

In the mean time my wife and three sons had
set to work to plant the vines, and the quince,
plum, and pear trees near our new home. The
rest I put in the ground round Tent House,








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THE SOW AND THE DOGS.

which was our strong fort now, and held our
arms and stores. It was shut in by a high hedge
of thick trees, so that no man or beast could get
to it. There was but one way in, and that was
near Swiss Bridge, the first planks of which we
116 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

took up when we left it. All this took us three
months to do.

Our clothes were now in a bad state, and we
could see no way to get new ones, save by a sail
- to the wreck in our new boat; so off we went,
and we found it in much the same state as we
had left it.

We brought some of our own clothes, bales of
cloth, some tar, doors, locks, bolts, and all the
guns that we had strength. to move; in fact, we
might be said to sack the ship, and when we had
done this, I made up my mind to blow it up. So
we put a long match which I knew would take
some hours to burn, and went at once to the Bay
to watch the wreck. My wife spread the meal
on a point of land where we could see the ship,
and just as the sun went down, off it went with
a crash, and a pile of flame burst up to the sky.

When we heard this we could not but shed
tears, as we lost the sole bond which bound us
to the land from which the ship had brought us;
and we went back with sad hearts to Tent
House.
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CHAP RER XX:

THE ASS LEAVES US.
THE next day we made a search for wood, and
found loads of it strewn on the shore from the.



JAY BIRD.
118. THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

ship. My wife, who came to help us, saw ona
small lake one of our geese and two ducks, each
with a brood in her wake. She had a wish to
get some eggs of the wild fowl to put in the
hens’ nests. So we made a tour in search of
some, took our food with us, and a large sail to
make a tent with. The day was all that we could
wish, not too warm nor too cold, and in high
glee we sang as we went.

We came to a large plain where the canes
grew, at the back of which were palm woods, and
then the sea. We were so much struck with the
place that we thought we should do well to move
from Kite’s Nest to this sweet spot; but we soon
gave up the thought. ‘For,’ said I, “where
shall we find a home so safe and snug as our
dear nest up inthe tree?”

So our tent here was to be kept as a place to
rest and eat our meals in when we made a tour.
We let the ass and cow graze on the rich grass
round us, and spent the night here. The next
day we set to work to tie up the large canes,
and put them in the cart to take home, for we
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 119

had need of them as props for our new fruit
trees.

_This hard work made my boys long for some

GQ



GROUSE.

milk from the nuts, and they did all they could to
climb the smooth bare trunk of the tree, but in
vain; at last I gave them some of the rough skin
120 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

of the shark to brace on their legs, which I had
‘brought for that use. Then I taught them to
climb by the aid of a rope, which was fiung round
the tree with a noose, when they soon got to the
top, and an axe which was hung to their belt did
the rest of the work, for the nuts fell down by
scores. On these we made a feast, and the jests of
Fritz and Jack went round; for they did not spare
poor Ned, who was lost in some new thought.

When all at once he sprang, took the shell of
a nut in his left hand, and in his right a tin flask,
and with a grave air spoke thus :—“ Dear friends,
I feel that all praise is due to the shark, whose
skin gave you the means to climb so well. And
though in the nuts which you have sent down to us
we have found at once meat and drink, yet I hope
by my skill to tempt your lips with some juice
from this flask that will give joy to your hearts,
and bring to mind the good feasts of our old
- Swiss home.”

He then bound his legs with the shark’s skin,
and sprang up a palm which he had long been
seen to gaze at through his glass,
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 121

Ned took no heed of
the loud laugh which the
boys gave at this speech;
but as soon as he got to
the top, he struck the

tree with his axe, and a‘

tuft of light green leaves
fell at our feet, which I
knew were those of the
palm.

He now came down.
and held out to me his -
cup, which was full of a.

wine as pink as the rose,
and then said, ‘I beg of
you to drink my health.”

It was the true palm
wine; of it we all drank,
and gave great praise to
Ned, who thought no
more of the jokes which
had been thrown out at
him.





i

j

UP FRANK WENT.
122 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

As it now grew late we set up the tent for the
night, when all at once our ass, which till now had
stood quite still near us, gave a loud bray, stuck
up his ears, and with a kick right and left, gavea
plunge, and was lost in the cane wood.

this did not like at all] for | felt loth to
lose the poor ass that was so much use to us, and
more than this, I had my fears that some beast of
prey was near, which he might have caught sight
of. The dogs and I sought far and near for a
trace of him, but in vain; so then to guard the
tent I made a large fire, which I sat to watch till
the night was half spent, when, as all was still, I
crept to my bed of moss in the tent to sleep. At
break of day we all fell on our knees to thank
God for His gift of health and strength.

(CIs IIB Ox IE

A HERD OF WILD BULLS.

I THEN went with Jack in search of the ass, for
I thought Fritz and Ned would make the. best
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 128

guard for my wife. We made a search in the
cane wood for an hour or more, but still in vain.
At last we saw the marks of hoofs and the foot
marks of some beast that we knew not of.

A long way off we saw some vague things,
which I took for wild beasts, and as I went
through a wood to see if our ass were with them,
we came trace to face with a herd of wild bulls and
cows. And to see them troop up to us, lift their
heads, and fix their large eyes on us, struck
me with such awe that at first I could not use
my gun.

By good luck the oe were in the rear. We
_ drew back a pace or two, got out our arms, and
then made off on one side, when up came Turk
and Flox, and though we did all we could to
hold them in, they would fly at the herd.

And now a scene took place which it makes
my hair stand on end to think of We heard a
whole troop of them lift up their voice and roar,
we saw them beat the ground with their feet, and
butt with their horns. Our brave dogs went
Straight at them, and fell on a calf which they
124 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

took hold of by the ears. The cow, whose eyes
were red and whose blood would seem to boil
with rage, came full drive at us to shield her
young one, and with her the whole herd.

Just then—I shake with fear as I write it—I
made a sign to my brave Jack, who was more
cool than J, and we shot at them.

This made the whole herd pause for a while,
and they took to flight so fast that ere the smoke
from the guns was blown off they were out of
sight. My dogs still held their prize, and the
cow, though she had two wounds from our shot,
made a rush at us, and tore up the ground in
her rage. She then set at the dogs to toss them
with her horns; but just then I came up, and
sent a shot in her head, which laid her dead on
the spot.

We now had time to take breath. We had
seen. death stare us in the face: and we gave
thanks to God, who had brought us through such
great risks.

The dogs still held the calf by the ears; the
poor thing kept up a loud roar all the time, and
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A HERD OF WILD BULLS AND. COWS.
126 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

I had my fears lest the dogs should be hurt, or
lose their prize. [ went up to give them help,
but knew not how to act. It would have been
no hard task to kill the calf; but I had a great
wish to bring him home and tame him, that he
might take the place of our ass.

Now Jack hit on the right thing to do; he
flung a rope round the hind legs of the calf, and
so threw him down; then I came up, put a strong
rope in the place of the thin one, and bound a
loose cord round his fore legs. }

Jack thought of the joy with which those at
home would hail us when they saw us with this
prize. But how were we to get the calf to move?
He would not stir a step; at last I thought of the
mode made use of in the East, which is to bore a .
hole in the nose, and put a cord through it. This
cord was to serve as my rein to guide the poor
beast, and the plan did well.

I did not wish to leave the whole of the cow
I had put to death, as the meat is so good, so I
cut out the tongue and some of the best-parts of
the loin, put salt on them, and took them with
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 127

men and i tore thesskin ol the fore lees as: |
knew I could make good boots with it. We let
the dogs feast on the rest, and while they made
their meal on it, we went to a stream to wash,
and then sat in the shade of a large tree.

Clouds of birds of prey came from all parts to
feast on the cow, and a fight was kept up the
whole time, till none was left but the bare bones.

In the mean time the same sort of work went
on at the tent; for while Fritz and Ned had gone
to the wood to cut down a palm tree, a troop of
apes got in the tent, and ate all they could find.

We made a fire of green wood, in the smoke
of which we put the flesh of the wild cow, and
left it there all night, and we found it was nice
to the taste.

GH Ved One
MORE NEW FRIENDS.

THE next day we all set off for home, and
were glad to find that the calf could graze. He
128 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

was now put to draw the cart by the side of his
nurse (our own cow), and these took the place of
our lost ass. .

Fritz and Jack now went to cut down the short
wood to make a road fom the cartaand as they
did so, the dogs, who were with them, burst out
in howls and cries. I had much fear lest they
should have met with a beast of prey; so I made
arush to the spot, that I might use my gun, and
found that the dogs kept some beast at bay; but
I could not see what it was for the thick shrubs.

Fritz told me he had caught a glimpse of some
wild beast with a black skin; but Jack, who lay
on the gound to spy it, burst out with a loud
laugh, and said, ‘It is one more trick of that old
sow! All she seems good for, I think, is to make
fools of us!” Half in a rage, and half in mirth,
we made our way up to the spot, and there she
was with ten young ones a few days old. We
were glad to see our old friend with all these pigs
round her, for which we gave her a stroke, and a
soft grunt made it quite plain that it was as great
a source of joy to her as it was to us. The poor
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 129

thing knew not that our plan was to eat her
young ones as soon as they were fit for the spit,
and my wife and boys could not bear the thoughts
of it. But I told them we must eat meat or die.
At length we came to Kite’s Nest, where our
first work was to make some stairs in the place
of the rope steps; and this took us a month to do.
“Come! come and see Flox!”’ said Frank, in
high glee; ‘‘she has six pups! but I fear they are
all blind.” As these were more than we could
keep, I had all put to death save two; to which
Frank gave the names of Bob and Nell. Frank,
too, made great pets of three young kids which
were just born, as well as the lambs; and to love
and make much of these was a new life to him.
For fear our sheep should stray as the ass had
done, we hung some small bells, which we had
brought from the ship, round their necks.
130 THE SWISS FAMILY. ROBINSON,

Gari Ree Clee

THE WILD ASS.

ONE day, just as we had come to the end of
our work at the stairs, we heard some way off a
noise like the roar of a wild beast, but with it a
long sharp sound and a strange kind of hiss.
Our dogs stuck up their ears, while we all got up
a tree to look out, in no small fear of the noise,
which we thought came more and more near.
At length Fritz threw down his gun, and said
with a loud laugh, ‘It is our friend the ass, come
- back to us with a song of joy.”

We were now sure that he was right, and
could not but feel a slight blush to think that we
had been put to such fright by an ass. We soon
saw him in the wood, and with him a friend of
his own kind, which I at once knew to be the
wild ass, and that it would be a great thing for
us if we could catch him.

The wild ass, as soon as he got sight of Fritz,
threw up his head and gave a start back, as it
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was no doubt the first man that he had seen.
Fritz went up to old Griz with some oats and
salt, and this he came straight up to eat as his
old treat; the wild ass, too, with a toss of the
head and a snuff of the air, came so near that



WE CATCH THE WILD ASS.

Fritz could throw a rope with a noose on his
head. The poor beast swung round to fly from
him, but that drew the cord so tight as to stop
his breath; so he lay down with his tongue out.
I made all haste to throw a rope round his neck,
132 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

and put a split cane on his nose, just as smiths
do to tame a horse the first time they shoe him.
I then took off the noose, and when I had made
the rope fast to the roots of two trees, I left him
to come to.

In the mean time my wife and the rest of my
boys had come round us to see this fine beast,
whose form was so full of grace that he was all
but as good as a horse. In a short time he rose,
and beat the earth with his feet to get loose; but
the pain in his nose made him lie down once
more.

We took care to tie the feet of our own ass, so
that he should not stray, and when we had put a
stout rope on him we left him near his friend.

CGA re eh Delve

WE TAME THE WILD ASS.

I MADE use of all the means I could think of
to tame our new guest, and at the end of a month
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 133

I thought I might try to break him in. This was



WILD ASS.

weights on his back, but still he would not let us
mount him.
At last I thought of the mode they make use
134 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

of in the Far West to tame the wild horse, and I
made up my mind to try it. In spite of the
bounds and kicks of the fierce beast I leapt on
his back, and took one of his long ears in my
teeth and bit it till the blood came. Up he went
on his hind legs, stood for a while quite stiff,
then came down on his fore feet, while I still
held on by his ear. At last I thought I might
let him go; he made some leaps, but soon went
off in a sort of trot: From that- time he was
quite our slave; my sons all got on his back, and
they gave him the name of Light Foot. “Wiad
put loose cords on his fore legs, which we kept
on for some time; and, as he would not bear the
bit, we had to guide him by a stick, with which
we struck the right or left ear, as we might wish
him to go.

As the time for the great rains was now at
hand, we had to make sheds for our beasts, to
keep them safe and dry. We first made a roof
on the top of the roots of our tree. For this we
made use of canes, which we had to bind fast,
and then to fill the cracks with moss and clay,
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 185

and smear the whole with tar to keep out the
rain.

By the aid of some boards we made this one
roof serve as well for our fowl house, hay house,
and store room.

One night when we were in the wood we heard
the loud cries of some birds, and we made up
our minds that Knips must have had a fight with
some of them. So Ned went off to see what the
noise was, and we soon heard him shout out,
“Be quick! a fine heath fowl’s nest, full of eggs.
Knips wants to suck them, and the old one is at
him.”

Fritz ran up and caught both the old birds,
while Ned brought back a large nest full of eggs.
Knips had done us a good turn this time; for the |
nest lay hid in a bush with such long leaves—of
which Ned had his hand full—that but for the
sharp sight of the ape we could not have found
it out. I need not say how glad Ned was to
take the nest and eggs home to my dear wife,
and the long leaves he meant to give to Frank,
to serve as toy swords.
136 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

Cir AS eae Ne Oe e

NEW CHICKS.

WE then set out on our way back, Ned with
the two fowls, while I took charge of the eggs,
which I found were still warm, and I had some
hopes that the bird would hatch out the brood
when we got to Kite’s Nest. Fritz rode Light
Foot, and in his wish to be first to take the good
news to my wife, struck his steed with a bunch
of the long leaves which he took from Ned.
This gave Light Foot such a start that he flew
out of sight, like a shaft from a bow, and did not
stop till he got to his home. My wife put the
eggs in the nest of one of her hens, while the
heath fowl was made safe in a cage and hung up
in our room to make her tame. In a few days a
score of young chicks came forth from the eggs,
and were soon as tame as our own fowls; though
when they were full grown I cut their wings, lest
in a wild mood they might fly off.

Frank did not long care for the new toy that
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 137

Ned had brought him in the shape of the long
leaves, and they were thrown on one side. But
Fritz by chance took up some of these leaves, which
were now quite dry and soft, and he told Frank
to make whips of :
them to drive the
sheep and goats,
of which the small
boy had charge.
As he split these
leaves in strips, I
found that they
were a kind of flax,
and when [ told
this to my wife,
she said, “Bring
me all the leaves
you can at once,
and I will make Pee ESE eee:

you socks, shirts, coats, thread, cords—in fact,
give me but flax and tools, and I know not what
I could not do.” So Fritz and Jack went off to
get a fresh store of the leaves.


138 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

CAC Rae Re Oa alr
THE TIME OF RAIN.

In the mean time my wife told me what tools
I must make, that she might spin and weave,
and clothe us from head to foot; her eyes were
bright with joy as she spoke, and I gave her my
word that I would do all that she could ask. In
a short time our boys came back with a large
store of these leaves, which they laid at the feet.
of my wife. The first thing was to steep them
till they were quite moist; so we got out the cart
and took a load of leaves to the marsh, where
we threw them out in a pond, with stones on the
top to keep them down.

In two weeks’ time the flax was fit to take out
of the pond; we then spread it in the sun, which
made it so soon dry that we brought it to Kite’s
Nest the same night, and laid it up in the store.

As we thought that the time of rain was now
near at hand, we brought in, from day to day,
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 139

loads of roots, nuts, wood, canes, fruit, and all
that might be of use to us. We made the most
of the last few fine days to sow our wheat and’
grain, that the rain might make them grow. We
had had a slight fall of rain, the sky was dark with
clouds, and the wind rose. We did not think
the change would come so soon; but we now
heard the winds rage through the woods, and the
sea foam and roar; the clouds burst in the sky,
and rain fell night and day; the streams kept
no more to their banks, and the fields were one
huge lake.

By good luck we had made our home high up
in the vale, and we found that we were left ina
sort of isle in the midst of the great flood. But
the rain came through the roof on all sides, and
from hour to hour we thought the wind would
blow our house off the tree, and all that were in it.

We set to work to move our beds to the small
space where the high roots of the trees made a
roof for our beasts; but there was no room to
move, the smoke of a fire would choke us, and
-if we went out the rain would drench us. For the
140 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

first time since our wreck we did now long and
sigh for our old home.

I made the wild calf and Light Foot half free,

but took care that they should not stray, and
they had to seek a roof from the boughs of the
tree. We had need of but few fires, for it was
not cold, and we had not much that we could
wish to cook; but we had a good store of milk,
dry meat, fish, and cakes. At break of day we
sent out some of our live stock, round the necks
of which we had put bells; and at night Fritz
and I had to seek them and bring them in, when
we were sure to get wet through. So my wife
made us a sort of frock with a hood out of some
old clothes, which, with the help of some gum,
kept out the rain. —
_ The care of our beasts took up the first part
of the day, and then we had to bake our cakes.
Though we had a glass door to our hut, the dark
sky, and the vast boughs of the tree, which hung
round us, made the night come on much too
soon. Our light we had to fix in a gourd, round
which we all sat.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 141

Cris bee Vell
THE SUN RAYS ONCE MORE.

WHILE I wrote down all that took place, my
wife would mend our clothes, and Fritz and Jack
taught Frank to read and write, or draw the
plants, beasts, and birds that they had been struck
with.

At dawn, and at the end of each day, we read
in turns from the Book of God's Word, which we
had brought from the wreck. My kind wife would
now and then give us a feast in the shape of a
roast fowl, or duck, and once in four or five days
we had fresh cheese made in the gourd churn.

What was left at our meals we gave to our pets.
We had four dogs, a tame hawk and the ape,
which were to be fed from our hands. But if the
wild calf, Light Foot, and the sow could not have
found their own food, they must have been left
to die, for we had none to give them.

We made up our minds that should we live
till this time next year, we would not spend it in
142 ‘THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

such a house, but that we would build a new one
which could be made safe from the wind and rain,
and then come back to our tree at the warm time
of the year.

One night we all sat round the fire to talk of
our plans, when the thought came to my mind
that we might choose as the place of our home
the rocks at Tent House. This I knew would be
a work of great toil, but with time we felt.sure
that it could be done.

I need not say what joy we felt when at length
we saw the sun spread its bright rays through the
dark clouds; the winds were still, the floods had
sunk, and the air was mild and calm. We went
out with shouts of glee to breathe the pure air,
and gaze on the fresh grass that now sprang up
at our feet.

All things had a look of youth once more, and
in the midst of these bright charms we lost sight
of our cares, andsent up a hymn of thanks to the
God of all good.

Our plants and seeds had done well; the air
was sweet with their smell, and the songs and
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 148

cries of flocks of birds that were at work with
their nests gave life to the scene. Our first task
was to clear out the rooms where we slept in the
tree, and in a few days they were fit to dwell in.

My wife set to work with her flax; while my
sons led out the beasts to graze. We then had
to dry our flax, and strip, beat, and comb it; and
we drew out such soft, fine stuff, that my wife
was wild with joy, and would let me have no rest
till I had made her a wheel.

In my youth I had had a taste for the lathe,
and though I had now no tools, I knew how a
wheel and areel should be made; and as soon as
I had got these out of hand, my wife set to work
to spin with so much zeal that she would scarce
leave her wheel to take a walk or to cook our
meals. She got Frank to reel off the thread as
she spun it, and would have had the rest take her
place when she left it; yet none of them but Ned
would do what they said was ‘girls’ work.”
144 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

(Clee III OWN

THE SALT CAVE.

In the mean time we went to Tent House
to see the state of things, and found that the
rain had done more harm there than at Kite’s
Nest. The storm had thrown down the tent,
and =plOwnMe- ol some iol tie sail clothwand: a
great part of our stores were so wet that they
were not good for food. Our fine yacht was
still safe, and fit for use, but our tub boat was
quite spoilt.

We now felt that we must have a roof to shield
us, more strong than a tent or the boughs of
trees. The rocks round Tent House stood up
like a hard wall, and had no cracks through which
we could pierce them. But we made up our
minds to have some sort of cave at all costs.
So we set to work to hew the stone. We chose
a fine site for a house, with a view of the whole
bay, and of the two banks of the great stream as
well as of Swiss Bridge.

os
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 145

The sun had made the rock so hard that our

first blows made but a slight mark on it.

But

at the end of five or six days we found it more

soft, and at last
we came to a sort
of clay which we
could dig out
with spades.
Guns e oc ens
hopes, and in a
‘short time we had
made way to a
depth of eight
icct. Ome day.
while Jack was at
work with a crow
bar, we heard him
call out:

CO leva yeewcut

through!”




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fee
Pi
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Lyd
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THE MOUTH OF THE CAVE.

“Not through your hand, child ?”’ said I.
“No,” said he; “I have cut through the rock.”
Fritz ran in at the shout, and told him he might
146 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

as well have said at once he had cut through
the earth. But Jack said, though Fritz might
laugh, he was quite sure he had felt a space with
his bar.

I took a long pole to probe the hole, and found
there must be a cave of some size. But as I put
my face down to look in, a rush of bad air brought
on a sort of head ache, and made me feel quite
faint. .

“Come off, boys,” said I; ‘the air you would
breathe there might cause your death.”

I then sent them to get some hay, to which I
set a light and threw it in the cave; but it was
at once put out by the foul gas.

We had brought from the ship a box of squibs;
so I threw in some of these, and. set a light to
them by a long match, which gave us time to get
out of the way. When they went off the gas.
came out with a rush, and the pure air took its;
place. I put in some more hay, which burnt with
a bright blaze, so I knew that we were now safe
from the gas; but for fear of pits or pools I would
not go in till we had some lights. So I sent off
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THE SALT CAVE,
148 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

Jack on Light Foot to tell the news to my wife,
and bring all the lights they could find.

Jack went off with a crack of his whip in such
haste that he made my hair stand on end. While
he was gone, Fritz and I gave more width to the
hole, and swept a clean road for my wife. Just
as we had done this we heard the sound of wheels
on the bridge, and the.cart came in sight, drawn
by the cow and ass, while Jack rode in front on
Light Foot, and blew through his hands as if it
had been a horn.

‘I then gave one light to each, with some flints
and a steel; and we took arms with us, and set
fonthein-a slow line forthe heart-of the cavern el
went first, then my big boys, and then my wife
and Frank. We had gone but a few steps, when
we came to a stop, quite struck with awe; the
scene round us was a blaze of bright light, and
we found that we were in a cave of gems, which
hung from the high roof in all forms and shapes.

The floor was smooth with fine dry sand. I
broke off one of the gems to judge what they
were, and found to my great joy that it was a
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. / 149

cave of rock salt. This was in truth a mine of
great wealth; for salt was good for our beasts
as well as for us, and would cost us now no
toil to get.

Blocks of salt lay on the ground, and I had
some fears lest more should fall on us: so when
the rest had left, Fritz and I let off our guns, but
not more than two or three lumps came down.
We were now sure that our cave was quite safe
as a place to dwell in: so we spent each day at
Tent House at work on our new home, and went
back at night to Kite’s Nest.

Cie Ave a Re eX

A SHOAL OF FISH.

OnE day when we were at work at the rock at
Tent House we were struck with a strange sight.
A large part of the sea would seem to boil, and
now and then small flames shot up and were
seen no more, while huge flocks of sea birds flew
150 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

round it with loud cries, and here and there took >
a plunge in the waves. We ran down to the bay
and found that this was a shoal of fish, so dense
that they were like a sand bank some miles in
length. We sent at once for our pails to hold
them, and made plans as to how we should take
so rich a prize. Fritz and Jack stood up to their
waists in the sea, and threw them up on the sand.
My wife and Ned then set to work to clean them
and rub them with salt, that we might have a
store of them for the cold time of the year.

These fish drew to the spot a.shoal of sea dogs,
some of which we caught for the sake of their
skin and oil, which we might burn in lamps or
use for soap.

At this time I put my sledge on wheels that I
took from the guns of the ship, and made it so
low that we could place great weights on it.

In a month we had one more shoal of fish,
which Jack was the first to find out. They were ”
so large that he was sure they must be whales.
Jack ran at once for his bow, and made fast a
ball of string to a dart with a hook at the end of
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 151

it. He then made the ball safe on the shore,
took his bow, put the dart in it, and shot a large
fish in the side. The fish fought hard to get free,
but at length, weak sor
with the loss of
blood,we drew him
ifomumenlamncds |»
with the cord, i aw
f






and put an end
to him.

Ned took his
rod and caught
some trout, while
I struck some
huge fish with a
large prong. The
hard part of our task was to get the spoil to-land.
Fritz had struck a fish of at least eight feet long,
which was more than a match for us all, till my

A SHOAL OF FISH.
152 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

wife brought up Light Foot, to whom we bound |
the line, and so got this great prize to shore.

As we had more fish than we could eat, we had
to dry and salt some, or boil them in oil; and
the roe of the large fish we kept by us as a
great treat.

When this was done, our next task was to
plan a boat to.take the ‘place of our tub raft. I
had a great wish to make one of bark, as the
wild men do: so we set out in search of a tree
for that end. All those near our house were
worth too much to cut down, some for their fruit
and some for their shade: so we made up our
minds to search for trees a good way off, and on
the road we took stock of our plants and fields.
Our peas, beans, maize, and canes had grown
well, and the pines on the high ground gave us
hopes of a rich feast.

One fine day we set out for Kite’s Nest to see
the state of things there. We found my wife's
fields of wheat, oats, and beans were for the
most part fit to cut, though our best crop was the
maize. But birds of all kinds, from the heath
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 153

fowl to the quail, had made their homes round
them, and it would seem that they did not mean
to leave much for us. Fritz let loose his hawk
and flew it at some of them. The bird at once
went up in the air and shot down on a fine fowl,
_which it laid at the feet of Fritz. We got, too, a
score of fat
quails, which
Miele may enice ie
Heras: te Ol;
us. My wife <=
made some “=
juice of green
Imadze, and ;
this was a sweet and fresh drink, as white as
milk.

We then put to rights our house at Kite’s
Nest, and laid by our wheat till we should have
time to thrash and grind it. Fritz thought we
could build a mill on the stream; but for this
bold scheme, as yet, we had not time.

‘The next day we set out on a tour to look out
for a spot on which to build a farm house for some



THE FISH.
154 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,

of our live stock, where they could find their
own food. My wife chose out twelve young
fowls, and I took four young pigs, four sheep,
and two goats. These, with all the tools which
we might need, were put in the cart, and drawn
by Light Foot, the cow, and our old friend, the
ass. Fritz rode first on Light Foot to guide us;
--and on the road we. found some new trees and
plants, which were of great use to us.

GC Tale Noe tener XG

VIEW HILL: OUR NEW HOME.

“WHEN we had made our way through the high
grass of the plain, we came to the top of a hill,
from which we had a grand view of the land that
lay at our feet. Trees grew thick on the sides of
the hill, and made a screen from the north wind,
and a fine stream ran through the rich fields. We
saw at once that we must make this the site of
our farm.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 155

We set up our tent, made a fire, and went to
work to cook some food. Fritz and I then went
in search of a spot on which to build our farm|
house, and we chose a group of trees which grew
so close as to make quite a wall of wood. Here
we brought our tools, but as the day was far gone,
we went back to sleep in our tent. In our search
for trees and bark, our goats led us to find out a
rare kind of spice, and some gum which would
take the place of pitch for the boat we meant to
make.

We went on with our work at the new farm
house, which took us some days. We made the
- walls of thin laths and reeds, six feet high, and
we took care to let in light and air. One room
was for our own use when we chose to come to
the farm, and all the rest was kept for our live
stock. But we could not get on fast with our
~ work from want of skill.

While Fritz and Jack had gone to Kite’s Nest
to bring back a fresh stock of food, Ned and I
thought we would make a short tour. We went
up the stream for some time, which led us to a
156 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

large marsh, and here we found a lake full of
wild fowl. Round this lake there grew some tall
thick grass, with ears of grain, which I found to
be a small kind of rice; and we took some of it
home to show to our good cook, who would, I
knew, think it a great boon.

We then went round the lake, where a new
scene burst on our view on each side. In the
mean time Ned, with great skill, brought down
some birds, while Knips found out some choice
fruits. In the midst of the birds of all kinds, we
were most struck with a pair of black swans, and
it was a treat to stand and watch them glide, like
a ship in full sail, on the bright face of this clear
lake. Ned would have shot some more birds,
but I bade him not break the charm which the
‘hush of the scene gave to it. As to the lake,
none but a Swiss, who from his youth looks on
such scenes, can judge of the joy we felt. We
thought we were once more in our own dear land,
but the huge trees and the rare plants put us in
mind how far we were from it.

One of the dogs caught a most strange beast
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 157

as it swam at the edge of the lake, and brought
it to us. It had web feet, a thick tail, small head
and ears, and a long flat bill, like that of a duck.

Wek BEET



















BLACK SWAN.

None of us knew what it was: so I gave it the
name of the beast with a bill, and I told Ned to
take it home and stuff it.
158 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

On our way back to Kite’s Nest we went
through the wood of apes, when the rogues threw
a cloud of fir cones at us; but a few shots put
them to flight. The cones were of use to us, so
we took a bag of them home.

We then came to a small hill, from the top of
which we had a view of rich plains, streams, and
woods full of bright plants and gay birds.
“Here, my boys,” said I, ‘‘here we will build a
house for the hot time of the year.” In ten days
from this- time we had built a house, and we gave
it the name of View Hill.

But I had not yet met with a tree that would
suit me for a boat. So we went back, and at
last I chose a sort of oak, the bark of which was
-more like that of the cork tree. We first had to
fell it, which took us some time; and then we
cut out the trunk in the shape of a boat, though
we made it look more like a trough; and it was
then left in the sun to dry.

As there was still much to do to it, I sent
Fritz and Jack to Tent House for the sledge,
that we might move the boat there. We now
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 159

set hard to work at it, and made a mast, a keel,
seats, brass rings for the oars, and stays for the
mast. To give it weight, I put down some
stones and clay with boards on the top, and we
could then boast that our boat was fit for sea.

CaN TEI SOO GE

GOOD HEALTH AND SOUND HEARTS.

In the mean time our cow had born a young
male calf: so as the rest of the boys had steeds
to ride, I gave it to Frank to teach and train.

We now spent all our time at the cave at Tent
House, that we might have it warm and snug
when the rain and cold should come. The
beams and planks from the ship were a great
help to us when we made the rooms that we
meant to live in, but the part for our live stock
we built of stone to keep out the smell. The
floor we made of a sort of clay, which, when dry,
was smooth and hard, and on it we put sail
cloth, wool, and goat's hair, which with some
160 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

gum made a kind of felt. We made one of these
felt cloths for each room to keep out the damp;
so that when the rain came at last we had a
warm and safe home. At break of day we went
to our work room, while my wife took her wheel
or her loom, and I made a sort of lathe out of
the wheel of a gun, with which Ned could turn
some neat things with much skill.

Our room was bright with lights, which we did
not spare, as we could get them with so much
ease. For Jack and Frank I made flutes out of.
reeds, on which they soon learnt to play well,
and my wife, who had a good voice, sang to
their notes.

I made a small church in that part of the cave
which shone with so bright a light, and here we
went each day to pray. Thus we spent our days
free from care and gloom. As far as we knew,
we might have to pass the rest of our lives on
this lone shore. We had good health and sound
hearts, so that we could work with a will, and
our minds grew more full and strong from day
to day.
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 161

We saw round us on all sides the-signs of a
wise and good God. In Him I put my trust
that He would give us back to the world, or send



WE HAD GOOD HEALTH AND SOUND HEARTS.

some friends to join us in the isle, where for two
years we had seen no trace of man. To Him
did our hearts turn, and to Him we left our fate.

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