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but seeing my children's terror renewed. rugged as it was. We knelt down together. My st. Forgetting the passengers. He can save us even from this fearful peril. I composed myself. You know God helps those that help themselves! Remain with your mother. another followed. in particular. and seemed to threaten her immediate destruction. My heart sank as I looked round upon my family in the midst of these horrors. As the clouds of mist and rain drove pa st. inasmuch as the stern of the ship containing our cabi n was jammed between two high rocks. and the word went like a dagger to my heart. and. `Take cou rage. regard we might be allowed to share their slender voice was drowned in the howling of the bla the return of the boat was impossible. when it does not separate those who love one another. the last of the less of my cries and entreaties that chance of preserving their lives. let us do our best to reach it. one after another praying with deep earnestness and emo tion. mingled with strange and often ludicrous vows. and. Even death is not too bitter. I could make out. Our hearts were soothed by the never. as the boys clustered ro und her. and t he last who entered cut the davit ropes to cast each boat into the sea. Then the voice of the captain was heard above the tumult. besought help and deliverance for his dear parents a nd brothers.y. and on one sid e there was a large hole in the hull. calling out cheerfully. `Dear children. I rej oiced to see her fortitude. let us calmly yi eld our lives into His hand. while I go on deck to see what is best to be done now. The ship was shattered on all directions. as I contri ved to find my footing. Dreadful sounds betokened the breaking up of the ship. while at the same instant the ship struck with a frightful shock. and then another. O ur four young sons were overpowered by terror. as though quite forgetting himself. Every man on board alternately commended his soul to his Creato r. and the roaring waters poured in on all sides. if not. `Lower away the boats! We are lost!' `Lost!' I exclaimed. the ship's company crowded into the lifeboats. and was partly raised from among the breake rs which dashed the fore-part to pieces.' At these words my weeping wife looked bravely up. for Casting my eyes despairingly around. to be performed should deliver ance be granted. foam and spray I beheld the last remaining seamen spring into her and push off. and think of the joy and blessedness of finding our selves for ever and ever united in that happy home above. A wave instantly threw me down. a line of rocky coa st. shouting.' thought I.' Amid the roar of the thundering waves I suddenly heard the cry of `Land! land!' . I left them and went on deck. and even had the crew wished it. she began to cheer and encourage them with calm and loving words. `if the Lord will. though my heart was ready to break as I gazed on my dear ones.' said I. There is the land not far off. `Ah.failing comfort of child-like confiding prayer. What was my horror when through the boat leave the ship. . through rents in the vaporous curtain. and the horrors of our si tuation seemed less overwhelming. Fritz. the waves were mountain-high.' With t hat. I became gradually aware that our position was by no means hopeless. my boys! We are all above water yet. which threw everyone to the deck. my heart bounded towards it as a sign of help in the hour of need. `the Lord will hear our praye r! He will help us. and strove to bethink himself of some means of saving his life.

' We immediately searched about for what would answer the purpose. the storm was as fierce as ever. dry tinder. At length the faint dawn of day appeared. and wi th thankful hearts we perceived that the gale had begun to moderate. `don' t you think we might contrive swimming-belts for mother and the boys? With those we might all escape to land.' said she. I then provi ded myself with matches. my fortitude revived. won't He. greatly fearing the effect o f the intelligence on her nerves. I see no reason why we should not be able to get ashore. We though t of the lifeboats. in case of an accident during the night. kept watch with us. `that I shall arrange something at once. Fritz.' A good meal being now ready. if the wind and waves abate. and began to enjoy the re lief from the violent pitching and rolling of the vessel. `don't you know t hat we must not settle what God is to do for us? We must have patience and wait His time. and feared that all they contained must have sunk under the foaming waves. Fritz. cord. and at intervals we were startled by crashes announcing further damage to our unfortunate ship. `We must find some food. and tomorrow. constraining myself to say with a smile. which we connected two and two together so as to form floats sufficiently buoyant to support a person in the water. and retiring to rest w ere speedily fast asleep. Fritz. and other portable articles. and fortunatel y got hold of a number of empty flasks and tin canisters. The boys at once regarded our problematical chance of escaping as a happy certainty. blue sky wa s seen above us. sharply. should the vessel go to pieces before daylight. although you may not mean to do so.' `Very well said. You too often speak ha rshly to your brothers. however. `it will never do t o grow faint by fasting too long. trusting that. not wholly destitute. for my f amily had the habit of trusting in my assurances. father?' said my youngest child. we might gain the shore. as well as his brothers. perceived my distress and anxiety in spite of my forced compo sure. who was of an age to be aware of the real dange r we were in. Throughout the night my wife and I maintained our prayerful watch. My wife. dear ones! Although our good ship will never sail more. now slept soundly. and on seeing this. and my wife and young sons each willingly put one on. ' Night drew on apace. Not for a moment did her courage and trust in Providence forsake her. my eldest son. for you and I can swim. `God will help us soon now. dreading at every fresh sound some fatal change in the position of the wreck. and take a good supper. `Courage. my youngsters ate heartily. the long weary night was over. After a long silence.' These few words had an immediate effect on the spirits of my children. my boy.Yet the sense of our lonely and forsaken condition weighed heavily upon me as I returned to my family. `Father.' said he. had it been said kindly. and I made her comprehend our real situation.' answered I. We shall require our utmost strength tomorrow. `You silly little thing.' said Fritz.' `Your idea is so good. knives. . and the lovely hues of sunrise adorned the eastern horizon. she is so placed that our cab in will remain above water.

He has not forsaken us. papa! What has become of everybody? Are the sailors gone? Have they tak en away the boats? Oh. and a ha mmer. I see no reason for the change. and am retaining the original spelling. Ed . who were in a pitiful plight. he presently recovered himself . See how those on whose skill and good faith we depended have left us cruelly to our fate in the hour of danger. `Hallo. * Some editions translate this to Francis. an axe. to their surprise. Ernest produced a cap full of nails. coolly r ode to meet me as I came up the hatchway. Only let us bestir ourselves. and first let each try to procure what will be of most use to us. When we reassembled in the cabin. to help her to attend to the unfortunate animals on board. `And that would be all very fine for you. His brothers smiled scornfully.' exclaimed Ernest. a pair of large scissors. apparently to avoid confusion with F ritz. and each cheerily do h is best. although we seem deserted. having been neglected for severa l days. I think.' said Fritz. in a state of hunger. than out sprang t wo splendid large dogs. discovered that no one else was on board. Fritz brought a couple of guns. Fritz hastened to the arms chest. Jack did not long yield either to fear or anger. to make a raft that would carry us safe to shore. be danger ous.' Away we all went to see what was to be found. and Jack went towar ds the captain's cabin. a nd we will trust Him still. when they. who testified their extreme delight and gratitude by suc h tremendous bounds that they knocked their little deliverer completely head ove r heels. Who has anything to propose?' `The sea will soon be calm enough for swimming. My wife took her youngest son. and so . frightening him nearly out of his wits. papa! why did they leave us behind? What can we do by our selves!' `My good children. the supplies of provisions and fresh water within our reach. `for you can swim. However. God will never do so. chisels and augers stuck out of all his pockets. and eagerly began to show us the `nice sharp little hooks' it contained. while pincers. powder-flasks. and plenty of bullets . and I praised his courage. we all displayed our treasures. . and we assembled on the remaining portion of the deck. `we must not despair. shot belt.' I replied. a s of greatest consequence. to my great amusem ent. he jumped on his back. Franz. I myself proceeding to examine. but warned him to be cautious and remember that animals of this species might. the dogs seemed to ask pardon by vehemently licking his face and hands. Ernest to look for tools. I could not refrain from laughing at the site. Even little Franz* carried a box of no small size. seizing the larger by the ears. the door of which he no sooner opened.I aroused the boys. and. but think of mother and the rest of us! Why not build a raft and all get on sho re together?' `We should find it difficult. we must contrive something.

I was but just in time to save their lives by taking food to them. public water was likely to be polluted . and all firmly secured and nailed together. my wife did not seem to share my p leasure! `I shall never. done. made of sound wood and strongly bound with iron hoops. but I can give you good news.* and biscuits. but we managed to fish them out. because it had been observed that children who did not drink plai n water were more likely to survive childhood. they. having formed rollers by cutting up a long spar. .' cried I.' `Can't we each get into a big tub. nails. `I have nothing to show. and I succeede d in sawing them across the middle. you will perhaps prefer it to this immovable wreck. round the pond at home. to my surprise. wine. you have chosen well. Fritz and Ernest. s ix sheep. `I must have a lever.' I next procured a long thin plank on which my tubs could be fixed. they were floating with many other things in the water in the hold. `muster courage to get into one of these!' `Do not be too sure of that. which was at that time scarcely above water.' `Will you praise me too?' said my dear wife. though I d o not know how I shall preserve the milk in this dreadful heat. Jack. papa! They will be of use! Why.' said she. producing a kind of narr ow boat. and we were glad enough to stop and refresh ourselves with goat's milk. and a cow and a fine sow both big with young. two goats. `Run and fetch the capstan bar!' Fritz quickly brought one and. let me have your tools. saws. they will help us to hunt when we get on s hore!' `No doubt they will. Now. Some useful animals are still alive: a donkey. Ernest. and the two ends of this I bent upwards so as to form a keel.' said I. dear wife. `these fish hooks.' `My child. often considerably dilut ed with water.' `Oh. also being flexible. `but my friend Jack here has p resented me with a couple of huge hungry useless dogs.' `All these things are excellent indeed. divided into eight compartments. and then make haste to collect any tubs you can find!' We very soon found four large casks. which you the youngest have fo und. to our dismay. But when we thought all was ready for the launch. were brought to a point a t each end. `I have often sailed splendidly like that. a ram. and float there?' returned he. and I looked at them with great satisfaction. Franz!' cried I. who will eat more than an y of us.' cried I. you have hit on a capital idea. which I had no doubt would float adequ ately in calm water. when you see my contrivance completed. Other two planks were nailed a long the sides of the tubs. if ever we do get on shore. may contribute more than anything else in the ship to save our lives by pro curing food for us. hammers. * Even as late as this book was written. The goats I milked. but I must say I don't k now how it is to be done. My eight tubs now stood ranged in a row near the water's edge.`Well. augers. `That is certainly worth t rying. Hard work it was. Children as well as adults drank alcoholic beverages. and place them on the lower deck. They were exactly what I wanted. we found. and al l. that the grand contrivance was so heavy and clumsy that even our united efforts could not move it an inch.

she leaned so much on one side that they could not venture to do so. then we retired to our hammocks. by nailing long poles across at the stem and stern. collect everythin g you can think of which may be of use to us. father. where peaceful s leep prepared us all for the exertions of the coming day. and save them likewise. Some heavy things being thrown in. and my sons placed a roller unde r it. I cut and cleared away obstructions. and put plenty of fodder within their reach: in a few days we may be able to return. alas. the boat righted itself by degrees. however. for sleep weighs lightly on the hopeful as well as on the a nxious. to put on a sailor's dress. Then. A woman wea ring trousers would be considered so shocking that if she were so garbed on a pu blic street she would probably be arrested for indecency. But it was plain to me at once that something more was required to make her perfectly safe. so as to leave a free p assage for our departure. and left us for a short time. and therefore made eve ry one put on the belts as before. for dur ing our exciting and incessant work all day we had taken nothing but an occasion al biscuit and a little wine. reappearing wit h much embarrassment and many blushes. and the boys brought oars to be ready for the voyage. `with God's help we are about to effect our escape.* We all admired her costume. The boys wished to jump in di rectly. Let the poor animals we must leave behind. `Now my beloved ones. assuring her she would find it much mo re comfortable and convenient for all she would have to go through. this time with success. and any awkwardness sh e felt soon began to pass off. We prepared for rest in a much happier frame of mind than on the preceding day. She at last consented to do this. so I contrived outrigger s to preserve the balance. and turning it towards the most open side of the wreck. if the rope had not been wel l secured. yielding to necessity. I got in.I raised the forepart of my boat with the bar. which she had fo und in a midshipman's chest. but. women always wore long skirts. I now made fast a long rope to the stern of our boat. we sat down to enjoy a comfortable supper. and soon our gallant craft was safely launched: s o swiftly indeed did she glide into the water that. After that.' said I. `How is it. as it was by this time far too late to attempt it. she would have passed beyond our reach. then placing a second and third roller under it. We rose up betimes.' inquired Ernest.' . the principle of Archimedes' lever. in a most becoming suit. * At the time this book was written. be well fed. a nd fixing at the ends of each empty brandy cask. `that with that thing you alone can do mo re than all of us together?' I explained. the boat appearing steady. attaching the other end t o a beam. from which he said he could move the world if he had a point from which his mec hanism might operate. but. but I did not forget the possibility of a renewed storm. we once more began to push. This important undertaking we were forced to postpone until the next day. as well as I could in a hurry. I persuaded my wife (not without considerable difficulty). and the boys were so delighted that they struggled which should first leap in t o have the fun of sitting down in the tubs. and promised to have a long talk on the subject of mechani cs when we should be safe on land. After kneeling together in prayer. It was not pleasant to have to spend another night in so precarious a situation .

' Our passage. and secured with some wire-netting over them. everyone wore a float belt. Many casks. a chest of carpenter's tools. until I hit upon the right way to steer it. boxes and bales of goods floated on the water around us. next her was Franz. and I selected. even so.The boys joyfully obeyed me. rods and fishing tackle. We had left the two dogs. stood in the stern. remember. the two centre tubs contained the valuable carg o. well-informed. endeavouring to guide the raf t with its precious burden to a safe landing-place. on the wreck. from the large quantity of stores they got together. as I thought. Jack was inclined to deny them this their only chance of safety. the boys had brought so many things that we were obliged to leave some of them for a futu re trip. and the boys pulled with a will. rejoicing to find themselves on the wing. the anxious. and had something use ful close to him in case of being thrown into the water. loving father. All being ready. ho wever. to be. With the . and came at last with a bag as big as a pillow in her arms. kept up with us well. Fritz and I managed to secure a couple of hogsheads. occasionally resting their fore-paws on the outriggers. I was sorry to see this. canvas to make a tent. next him twelve-year-old Ernest. `Stop. My wife. each i n his tub. and bullets. With a hearty prayer for God's blessing. but the nearer we approached the shore t he less inviting it appeared. a handsome. These useful articles of course took the place of the ballast I had hastily thrown in the day before. then came our bold. guns. we now began to take our seats. after which we merrily made for the shore. and rather indolent. was safe. shot. affectionate little boy. they set up a piteous howl. `that would be unkind as well as foolish. All eyes were strained to get a full view of the land. a cush ion for him to sit upon. ten years old. thoughtless Jack. as the boat kept turning round and round. which was a great help to the young oarsmen. We emerged f rom the wreck and glided into the open sea. and took to the water at once. or to protect himself from being tossed from side to si de. they can be food for us!' Ten hens and a couple of cocks were accordingly pla ced in one of the tubs. as being both large mast iffs we did not care to have their additional weight on board our craft. my second son. though tedious. pi stols. The ducks and geese were set at liberty. powder. an iron pot. as though to reproach us for deserting them. They followed us. intelligent. so as to tow them alongside. and sprang into the sea.' said she. `This is my contri bution. we cast off. Turk and Juno. throwing the bag to little Franz. nearly six years old. but whe n they saw us apparently deserting them. sp irited young fellow of fourteen. The elder boys took the oars. God has given the dog to man to be his fa ithful companion and friend. a case o f portable soup and another of biscuit. My good. Just then we heard the cocks begin to crow and the chickens to cackle . who managed all this for me. the barren rocks seemed to threaten us with misery and want.' said I. `Why should not the fowls go with us!' exclaimed I. and moved away from the wreck. The tide was flowing. a sweet-tempered . brave wif e sat in the first compartment of the boat. kept us waiting for her some little time . and. I mysel f. `If we find no food for the m. but for some time we made no progress. the mercifu l man regardeth the life of his beast. swiftly made for the shore . Then came Fritz. for the distance to the land was so great that I scarcely expected them to be able to accomplish it. while t he pigeons.

we knelt to offe r thanks and praise for our merciful escape. with little Franz to help her. father!' cried Jack. and enjoyed the thoughts of drinki ng the refreshing milk. and with full hearts we commended o urselves to God's good keeping for the time to come. who. the boys ran to collect moss and grass. I s teered after them into the creek. how rich we felt ourselves as we did so! The poultry we left at liberty to forage for themselves. The dogs had scrambled on shore before us. Mamma?' . my child. but I presently observed an opening. whose dominion we were invading. By means of this glass. leavin g a small plain. where a stream flowed into the sea. and we found ourselves in a small bay or inlet where the water was perfectly smooth and of moderate depth. `I am very sorry I never thought of bringing away the captain's telescope. it was desirable to lay hold of anything likely t o contain provisions. to spread i n the tent for our beds. added to which was the screaming and croaking of flamingoes an d penguins. As soon as we could gather our children around us on dry land. look here. He. as I thought of the good dinners the birds might furnish.' sai d I. I filled the iron pot with water. between and beyond the cliffs. they received us with loud barking a nd the wildest demonstrations of delight. `Oh. The chickens. The ground sloped g ently upwards from the low banks to the cliffs which here retired inland. thrusting a long spar into a hole in the rock. surrounded by large flat stones. and. and after I gave my wi fe several cakes of the portable soup. indeed I do!' replied Franz. and arranged hooks s o as to be able to close up the entrance during the night. geese and ducks kept up an incessant din. I made out that at some distance to the left the coast was much more inviting. This we speedily di d. Do you think these cakes look li ke glue?' `Yes. thinking his mother was melting some glue for carpentry. had to be lifted out by his mother. `And I should not much like to taste glue so up! Don't you want some beef or mutton. Dry twigs and seaweed were soon in a blaze on the hearth. a strong current however carried us directly towards the frowning rocks. When this was accomplished. Everyone sprang gladly out of the boat but little Franz. we formed a framework over which we stret ched the sailcloth we had brought. drawing a little spy-glass joyfully out of his pocket.prospect of famine before us. near the brook which flowed close by. on which it was easy for us to land. and set about finding a suitable place to erect a tent in which to pass the night. green grass and trees were discernible. The noise was deafening. Fritz could distinguish many tall palms. was eager to know `what papa was going to make next?' `This is to be soup for your dinner. By-and-by we began to perceive that. and saw that our geese and ducks were swimming towards this place. she established herself as our cook. besides fastening this down with pegs. while I arranged a fireplace. oh. but far fr om unwelcome to me. lying packed in his tub like a potted shrimp . and supporting the other end b y a pole firmly planted in the ground. All hands then briskly fell to the work of unloading. and Ernest hoped they would prove to be cocoanut trees. we pla ced our heavy chests and boxes on the border of the canvas.

it is true. he'll bite you! W here's Fritz?' All came crowding round Jack and his prize. He was at some distance. On my return I resumed the subject of Jack's lobster. I was anxious to land the two casks which were floating alongside our boat. and was therefore obliged to look for a more convenient spot. This display of temper vexed me. `I found something very good to eat.' said I. gave you a bite. or when the enemy is u nable to defend itself.' `Pooh!' cried Jack. by adding it to what she was now boiling. I was startled by hearing Jack shouting for help. having speedily recovered his spirits. As I did so. but instantly received such a se vere blow from its tail. A father who did not teach his sons these things. I returned thither and succeeded in drawing them up on the beach.`Where can I get it.' said Ernest. begged to decline making any such experiment. `As to that. on your part. leaving a loaded gun with me. as well as firearms safety. managed to make it loosen its hol d. Poor Jack was in a te rrible fright. Franz! Mind. that he flung it down. and Jack scrambled among the rocks searching for shellfish. congratulati ng him on being the first to discover anything useful. where I set them on end. The little fellow stood screaming in a deep pool. as though in great d anger. * Even today all adult male Swiss are required by law to possess. Jack. boiled till it becomes a st rong stiff jelly--people take them when they go to sea.' Once more lifting the lobster. kick as he would. Jack ran triumphantly towards the tent. intend to eat the lobster. but on attempting to do so. Who wants to eat trash like that! Lobster for me!' . this fatiguing sort of walk not s uiting Ernest's fancy. took another himself. and I hurried towards him with a hatchet in my h and. Having remarked that the scene of Jack's adventu re afforded a convenient place for getting my casks on shore. `You are acting in a very childish way. and for the present left them. and passionately hit the creatur e with a large stone. dear?' said she. `I know what he saw--nothing but some nasty mussels--I saw them too. he sauntered down to the beach. Next tim e. So the game is at least equal. `we are a long way from a butcher's shop! But these cakes are made of the juice of good meat. as well as Jack . I found that I could not get them up the bank on which we had landed. and said she prefer red cooking one dish at a time. however. which will not make nice soup. The lobster. Ernest! Look here. but then you. and as I approached.' Fritz. `Never strike an enemy in a revengeful spirit. because on a long voyage they can only have salt meat. his enemy still clung on. She. and know how and when to use. would be very neglectful. wondering at its unus ual size. caught the lobster in both hands. firearms. and seizing the lobster firmly by the back. and Ernest wanted his mother to make lobster soup directly. I saw th at a huge lobster had caught his leg in its powerful claw. mother! A lobster! A lobster.* and went along the rough coast to see what lay beyond the stream. be both more prudent and more merciful. and told him he should ha ve the offending claw all to himself when it was ready to be eaten. my son . and anxious to take such a prize t o his mother. `Mother. only I could not get at them without wetting my feet. I waded into the wate r. and we brought it safe to land.

so I am sure they are oysters. `Really though. I was forced to agree.' returned Ernest calmly.' said my wife.' Silence was at length broken. `Oh. and a look of disappointment upon his countenance. learned sir. `Because. `it is not only salt.' said Ernest. See how quickly the sun has dried Jack and me.' said he. but bitter too. we returned it joyfully. Ern est. to fetch a few specimens of the se oysters in time for our next meal. not mussels.`I believe them to be oysters. and pray never let me hear you object to wetting your feet. as he thus stood he picked up and pocketed a large mussel shell for his own use. `but if you had brought a bag full of this good salt instead of merely speculating so profoundly on the subject. for the common good. for a few cocoanut shells!' sighed Ernest." she said.' cried I. And none of you must complain because the spoons have n o handles. "They were stuck to the rocks. to whom the stork served up a dinner in a jug with a long neck. We shall be fortunat e if we do not find even more things we have forgotten. when it became fit to put in the soup. that is an idea worth having! Off with you.' It proved to be salt sure enough. my dear. and still unwilling to wet his feet. Why did we not remember to bring some from the s hip?" "Because. and I conclude d it was produced by the evaporation of sea water in the sun. and he presently appeared before us. We all looked upon the pot with perplexity. "And how are we to eat our soup when he does come?' she continued. it tasted very pure and good.' said I. `We have neither plates nor spoons. . `I remarked a good deal lying in the crevices of the rocks. but where can Fritz be?' she continued. Ernest followed more leisurely. stood by the margin of the pool and gathered in his handkerchief the oysters his brother threw him. tasting the soup with the stick with which she had been st irring it. and we grease our fingers a little in baling the soup out." `Be good enough. my philosophical young friend. rather like the fox in the fable.' Jack was away and up to his knees in the water in a moment detaching the oyster s. one cannot think of everything at once. a little an xiously. although so impure that it seemed useless." "But we can scarcely lift the boiling pot to our mouths.' `Extremely probable. smiling. his hands behind his back.' said Ernest.' `Now. `Oh. for half a dozen plates and as many silver spoons!' rejoined I. Just try it. when all of us burst into hearty laughter a t our own folly in not remembering that spoons and forks were things of absolute necessity. ti ll my wife dissolved and strained it. `True. Run and fetch some directly. `Unsuccessful!' said he. get the oysters and clean out a few shells. my boys. As they returned with a good supply we heard a shout from Fritz in the distance. it would have been more to the purpose. oyster-shells would do.' `I can bring some salt at the same time. `We must all exert ourselves. `Why not use the sea-water itself?' asked Jack. after a moment's thought. `dinner is ready.

I would have tried to catch one alive. `your sucking-pig is an agouti. and the shore. and every now and then would squat down on their hind legs and rub their snouts with their forepa ws.' said I.' I continued. and we shall be in the shade instead of on this desert. `Now.' said I. looking at Fritz.' said Fritz.' `Dear me. In fact. why should we not return to the wreck and bring off some of the animals? Just think of what value the cow would be to us. my boy!' cried I.' `Oh. `it is really a beautiful country. `This is no pig. It is held in great esteem by the natives where it lives. its teeth are not like those of a pig. father. `he is quite right. which runs down to the sea in a gentle slope. better luck next time. ` A sucking-pig. along with so me very curious little animals that hopped rather than walked.' Meanwhile.' he continued. `but I cannot ap prove of deceit. We f . the agouti not only looks something like a pig. stop. placing an oyster on the fire. gulped one down. Its meat is white but dry. which is disagreeable to Euro peans. `But the sucking-pig. The little animal makes its nest under th e roots of trees. however. `Never mind. `and except for its bristly skin. Do let us go and collect them. a little sucking-pig. Jack had been vainly endeavouring to I. they seemed so tame. and never entirely loses a certain wild flavour. and we will move over the stream. Had not I been afraid of losing all. See.' he said. Fritz!' exclaimed his brothers who had looked behind him. is covered with all sorts of useful thin gs from the wreck. Let us get her on shore. Jack. `listen to the great professor lecturing! He is going to prove that a pig is not a pig!' `You need not be so quick to laugh at your brother.' While we were thus talking. know the agouti by descriptions and pictures. having no fat . `All will be done in good time. in my turn. and what a pity it would be to lose her. I. Ernest. but rather those of a squirrel . either on land or sea. father. and. Where did you get it? How did you shoot it? Do let us see it!' Fritz then with sparkling eyes exhibited his prize.`Really!' I replied.' said Fritz. Ernest had been carefully examining the animal in question.' Fritz then told us how he had been to the other side of the stream. so unattractive did they appear. And. tightly closing hi s eyes and making a face as though about to take medicine. Tomorrow and the day after will bring work of their own. too. `I am glad to see the result of your prowess. and lives upon fruit.' he said. where she will have good pasturage. did you see no traces of o ur shipmates?' `Not a sign of them. but most decidedly grun ts like a porker. even as a joke. `which I found on the shore. does not look like one. it immediately opened. But. `So differe nt from this. But this was more easily taken. especially when the animal has been feeding near the sea on plants impregnanted with salt. and there is little doubt that this is a specimen. `who will try this delicacy?' All at first hesitated to par take of them. stick to the truth in jest and earnest. living or dead. And tell me. I do wish-' `Stop. my boy.' said Jack. `where did you get it?' `It was one of several.' he replied. my boy.

which would have been so useful. we commended ourselves to his protecting care. .ollowed his example. until when the sun sinks. and began to pick up the crumbs of biscuit which had fallen during our repast. the fowls perched themselves on our tent pole. and scooping up a good quantity of so up he put it down to cool. I followed him. not s atisfied with their mouthful of soup. they totally disappear. the further does the partial light extend. and after waiting for the soup to cool some more. and gathering round the pot we dipped them in. we all went merrily on w ith our dinner. followed by a shower of stones from Fritz. while the more perpe ndicularly they strike the earth the longer do they continue their undiminished force.' said I. if not your mother. The poor beasts ran off howling. we suddenly discovered that our dogs. Ernest then drew from his pocket the la rge shell he had procured for his own use. flew to rescue it from their hungry jaws. `you h actually wounded. which though of no use as food for us. and as the last ray of light departed. and speedily re covering himself. for twilight results from the refraction of the sun's rays. and then come and eat like the rest of us.' said I. my boy. however. you have distressed and frightened you have spoiled your gun. we can bring plenty of damaged biscuits from the wreck. My wife hereupon drew from her mysterious bag some handfuls of oats. Before I could prevent him. will suit the fowls very well indeed. `A re you so much better than your brothers? Your cool soup will do capitally for t he dogs. not.' The pigeons now flew up to crevices in the rocks. for indeed there had been li ttle or no twilight. and and as soon as he would listen to me. The children remarked the suddenness of nightfall. and were rapidly de vouring it.' Ernest winced at this. thanking him for his many mercies to us. it was pr obable he would have killed them. take it to them. immediately he entreated his mother's pardon. not just for oneself. which ha d been straying to some little distance. and offered up our prayers to God. represented to him how de as wicked was such an outbreak of temper. that if I had not interfered. and the ducks and geese waddled off cackling and quacking to t he marshy margin of the river. While we were thus busily employed. who shouted and yelled at them so fiercely. The boys all began to yell. had espied the agouti. She at the same time showed me several other seeds of various vegetables. spicable as well ave hurt. `Prudence should be exercised for others. peas. By this time the sun was sinking beneath the horizon. who lapped up its contents in a moment. and expressed hi s sorrow for his fault. but silently taking up his shell he placed it on the gro und before the hungry dogs. each doing so rather to provide himsel f with a spoon than with any hope of cultivating a taste for oysters. without sundry scalded fingers. We too were ready for repose. smiling at his own foresight. and Fritz first threw a stone at the dog s and then. thus producing sudden d arkness. `but pray be careful of what will be of such va lue to us. seizing his gun. and the poultry. This convinced me that we must be not far from the equator. gathered round us. `That was indeed thoughtful. `For.' Though Fritz's passion was easily aroused it never lasted long. one after the other. and having loaded o ur guns. Our spoons were now ready. closed our tent and lay down to rest. and with them began to feed the poultry. the dogs. and other grain. he struck one of them with such force that his gun w as bent. he then retu rned. the more obliquely these rays fall.' I remarked.

and I then awoke my wif e. As of all animals. awakening the children cheerfully. Jack? ' `It has been safe in this hole in the rock all night. as soon as we had breakfasted. while my wife re mained near our landing. perceiving with pleasure that the vexation had produced a pro per feeling in his with the three younger boys. they might take a fancy to that as well as to the agouti.Chapter 2 We should have been badly off without the shelter of our tent. so that she will not follow us. Flora instantly relented and bega n to lick the hands which fed her.' remarked I.' cried I. and. without excepting man. father. entreated some biscuit of his mother. for we shall want to take part with us on our excursion to-day. recoll ecting the blows she had so lately received. He tried in vain to straigh ten his weapon. `you cannot expect all to go. `Steady there. and boil some more soup!' `Why! You forget Jack's fine lobster!' replied I. prepare the guns. which as he loudly saluted the rising moon.' `A very sensible precaution. strok ed and caressed them. smiling. `I believe even my heedless Jack will learn wisdom in time. but Turk. and this pl with one of the d and tie up Flora At the word 'guns' the poor boy blushed shamefully. roused me at daybreak.' `As to that.' Such an expeditio ones. was the last sound I heard at night. capering around me. Fritz. but we managed to sleep comfortably. It was plain to both of us that in th e first place. who was of a more fierce and indepe . `Com e and help your mother to get breakfast ready. and at the same time is the most sensible of kind usage. began to snarl and would not go nea r him. declaring that he would rather go without the rest of his breakfast to make his peace with the dogs. and then examine into the nature and resources of the country on which we were s tranded. but the dog. we might take counse l together on our situation and prospects. Fritz and I should start on an expedition with these objects in view. the dog is least addicted to revenge. but at length I gave him leav e to take another. for the night pr oved as cold as the day had been hot. You see. and I found it necessary to call with my own voice to induce them to approach us. clapped their hands for joy. The voice of our vigilant cock. Fritz and I will go alone this time. in tears. He accordingly carried them some biscuit. n as this would be too dangerous and fatiguing for you younger ace seems perfectly safe. rouse up. Turk behaved the same. A moment later he tried to lay hold of Flora to tie her up. `What has become of it. We therefore came to the resolution that. my boys. the four children were wild with delight. leaving the other to defend you. It is well the lobster is so large. we should ascertain if possible the fate of our late companions. I though t as the dogs seem to like good things. and in every motion seemed to ask their pardon. ogs. `Rouse up. `we can but set on the pot. steady!' said I.' At the mention of an excursion. that in the quiet interval while yet our children slept.' said she. Fritz then. I left him alone for a short time. every one being thoroughly fatigued by the labours of the day.

in our anxiety at parting. amid the cares and pleasures of this life. we stowed away the remainder of the lobster and some biscuits. I was glad to see this. and who had been sent a fter us doubtless by my thoughtful wife. but our trusty dog Turk. and bidding them not wander far from the boat and tent.' said I. as if some animal were passing through it. no savage beast rushed out. breakfast being over. the green waving g rass. Fritz. and a long line of rocky heigh ts. in addition. the pleasant groups of trees stretching here and there to the very water's edge. but not the mark of a footstep could we find. by means of these we succeeded in crossing the s tream in safety. This time.' said Fritz. however.' With that treat. We thus had the sea on our left. and I a small hatchet in mine. for we knew not what might a ssail us in this unknown region. A background of hills. for it showed m e that I might thoroughly rely upon him on any future occasion when real danger might occur. formed a lovely prospect. We then armed ourselves.' Then having commended ourselves to his protecting care. which w as here partly withered by the sun and much tangled. From this little incident. We had forced our way scarcely fifty yards through the long rank grass. still held off. Here the scene which p resented itself was indeed delightful. with a flask of water. and for waiting until he was sure of the object before he resolved to fire. and seemed t o lack confidence in Fritz's advances . Fritz instantly turned and brought his gun to his shoulder. ready to fire the moment the beast should appea r. we saw how dangerous was our position. `we have not yet joined in morning prayer. and there was no correspo nding path on the other side.' cried Jack. for your journey. `we have still left something very important undone. I was much pleased with my son's coolness and presence of mind. We now found that the banks of the stream were on both sides so rocky that we c ould get down to the water by only one narrow passage. and were ready for a start. Fritz and I pursued our way up the stream until we reached a point where the wa ters fell from a considerable height in a cascade. however. I took leave of my wife and children. to forget the God to whom we owe al l things. for I now knew th at my wife and children were on a comparatively inaccessible spot. here and there adorned with clumps of trees. the other sid e of the tent being protected by steep and precipitous cliffs. sticking a pair of pistols in his belt. we had forgotten. `Stop!" I exclaimed. On the smooth sand we searched carefully for any trace of our hapless companion s.ndent temper. Turk seemed ready to forgive Fritz. and how difficult escape would be should any fierce beast steal upon us unawares: we therefore hastened to make our way to the open seashore. `Give him a claw of my lobster. whom. and where several large rocks lay half covered by the water.' `Surely not. `Yes. e ach taking a gun and a game-bag. we saw the grass waving to and fro. `Shall I fire a shot or two?' s . We are only too ready . and on looking round. I did not fail to commend both the brav ery and the discretion of my son. when we were much alarmed o n hearing behind us a rustling. we parted not without some anxiety on either side. however. in not yielding to even a rational alarm. `for I meant to give it to you any way. stretching away inland to the r ight.

spring s up a new tree. laughing. by a rivulet which murmured and splashed along its pebbly bed into the gre at o cean before us.' As he spoke he sprang round to the other side of the tree. should we trouble ourselves about them at all? They left us t o shift for ourselves. `or any savages that may be here.' `But father. here we halted to rest. father. you must remember that they took nothing with them from the vessel.aid Fritz. and I for one don't care to set eyes on them again.' I replied. No. if they are within hearing. which is the reason that the twisted fibers of the inner covering are so apparent. `You may have done so.' . " I replie d.' `So it is. then. and you will see the nut inside. which again is surrounded by a bulk y green hull? In the one you hold in your hand. that is divided down the middle already. which is not like an almond or hazel-nut shell. My son suddenly started up. the germ withi n the kernel s wells until it bursts through the shell. and lastly. `I am nearly sure I saw a monkey. `how the little germ manages to get through this great thick shell. for instance.' Not without difficulty. like almond milk.' said Fritz. to our disgust. no. we should always g ive the preference to that which can confer the most solid advantage. taking root. fibrous covering over a hard shell. `Hullo.' I replied. remarking. but when the nut falls on favourable soil. let us search diligently. as he did so. A thousand gaily plumaged birds flew twittering above us.' he exclaimed. `I always thought a cocoanut was full of delicious sweet liquid.' `I do not understand. the outer hull has been destroye d by time. and in course of time is solidified into a kernel. this. of which he had often heard. they might be of great assistance to us in building a ho use of some sort. but. and Fritz and I gazed up at them.' `But why.' said I. This kernel then dries as you see here. `when young and fresh. and. `but you need not necessarily conclud e that every round hairy thing is a bird's nest.' `It would indeed. Let us now break the shell. t hat it was a round bird's nest. why should we not instead return to the vessel and save the animals on board?' `When a variety of duties present themselves for our choice. but a cocoanut. `That would bring our companions. `In the first place.' `You are wrong. we pushed on until we came to a pleasant grove which stretched do wn to the water's edge. `The saving of the life of a man is a more exalted action than contributing t o the comfort of a few quadrupeds. the so is so calm at present that we need not fear that the shi p will sink or break up entirely before we can return. but as it ripens the milk becomes congealed. Also. but as quietly as possible.' said I. and may be perishing of hunger. while we are wandering here and losing our time almost without a h ope of benefit to them. we split open the nut. my boy. Do you not remember reading that a cocoanut is enclosed within a round. whom we have already supplied with food for a few days. found the k ernel dry and uneatable. we should not return evil for evil. and in doing so stum bled over a small round object which he handed to me.' cried Fritz. again." Thus talking. is not one. seating ourselves under a large tree. `A monkey.

`The friends of Columbus thought it very easy to make an egg stand upon its end when he had shown them how to do it. `That is clever!' cried Fritz.' Fritz instantly took up one of the gourds. `Look here. which was so densely overgrown with liana s that we had to clear a passage with our hatchets.`Nature provides for all things. but this was not the time to be too particul ar. father! See what strange bumps there are on the trunk s. f rom the hard rind of which bowls. they actually cook food in them. it is through them that the germ obtains egress.' I then took from my pocket a piece of string. and so spare our stock of provisions. which I tied tightly round a gourd. and the gourd-rind remains uninjured. Do you tr y to fashion from them a spoon or two while I provide a dish. and yet it seemed so simple to divide it properly. the gourd fell. flinging it down. `Wh at a nuisance!' said Fritz. and found an open view. When this was accomplished.' returned Fritz. or whatever is to be cooked. But now suppose we prepare some of these c alabashes. and he pointed to them. 'dinner' refers to the midday meal.' said Fritz. I tied the string yet tighter. and the calabash was cut jaggedly. the fru it of which grows in this curious way on the stems.' `Stay. `What in the world put that plan into your head? ' `It is a plan. ' I remarked. and drawing the ends with all my might. as near one end of it as I could. it penetra ted the outer shell. but in vain: the blade slipped.' I replied. but that is impossible. Continuing our way through a thicket.' We approached to examine them.' `That is a very clever plan: very simple too. I daresay I should have hit on it .' `I did not say it was set on the fire at all. and bottles can be made. that they may be ready for use when we take them home. When the gourd has been divided i n two. spoons. red-hot stones are adde d until the water boils. These at once attracted Fritz's observant eye. taking up the pieces. it is filled with water. Now let us find a good nut if we can. it was not without difficulty that we obtained one in which the kernel was not dried u p. those pieces are not useless. and the shell or rind emptied of its contents. `The thing is spoiled. We were so refreshed by the fruit that we could defer the repast we called o ur dinner* until later in the day. divided exactly as I wis hed. and tried to split it equally with h is knife. if I had tried. and is a species of gourd. do you see these three round holes near the stalk. as I have learned from reading . and I recognized them as calabash trees. then tapping the string with the back of my knife.' `Oh. exclaiming: `Oh. It was a little oily and rancid. the food becomes fit to eat. `I am quite sure this rind would be burnt through directly it was set on the fire. `The savages. `are said to form these things most ingeniously. `which savages adopt. what absurd-looking trees. while on the sp ace before us stood at intervals single trees of remarkable appearance.' As cocoanuts must be over-ripe before they fall naturally from the tree.' said I. i nto which the fish. * In this book. `you are too impatient. is put. we again emerged on the seas hore beyond. the forest sweeping inland. using them to con tain liquids: indeed.' I answered.

fringed with yellow sands. when these are shaken. keeping a sharp look-out on either s ide for any trace of our companions. if you want a more shapely vessel. for. is to cut a round hole at one end. and to my delight. and left them to dry. they are of another species. no pleasant or easy task. it would be more like a barrel. then to scoop out the interior. and as he beat the ground before him. and a soup-plate too. Before us stretched a wide and lovely bay. till we reached a bold promontory. `Cheer up.books of travel. either si de extending into the distance. I cut one of the reeds. Sending Turk in advance. thankful that we were not c ast upon some bare and inhospitable island.' `True. All that is necessary.' We descended the hill and made for a clump of palm trees. I tasted it. if possible. for instance. let us endeavour to live here contentedly. `Are the bottle-shaped gourds I have seen in Europe trained similarly?' `No. marking the spot that we might return for them on our way back. from whose rocky summit I knew that we should obtain a good and comprehensive view of the surrounding country. but the most careful survey of the beautiful landscape faile d to show us the slightest sign or trace of human beings. and to drop in several shot or stones. let us find some shady place before we are completely broiled away. and then all will swell but that pa rt which you have checked.' `That would not make a very convenient bottle though. you must tie a bandage round th e young gourd while it is still on the tree. and what you have seen is their natural shape . any remaining portions of the fruit are detached. stretchi ng some way into the sea. enclosed by these two arms lay a sheet of rippling water. father. my boy. which we saw at a lit tle distance.' `Well. Wishing Fritz to make the same discovery. more or less? With Go d's help. and the gourd is thoroughly cleaned. `Remember that we chose a settler 's life long ago.' said I. Fritz. and the bottle complete d. presently. But come. I feared at every step that we might tread on some venomous snake. he did so. I advised him to cut a cane for his d efense. besides the difficulty of forcing our way through. the heat here is getting u nbearable. wh en I noticed a thick juice exuding from one end. `But supposing you had wanted to make a bottle. before we left our own dear country. examining the gourd. and his . To reach this. which reflected i n its depths the glorious sun above. To give it a neck. my boy. I at once knew that I was standing amongst sugar-c anes. how wo uld you have set to work?' `It would be an easier operation than this. we certainly did not expe ct to be so entirely alone--but what matters a few people. I filled the gourds with sand.' For three hours or more we pushed forward. I had carried it but a little way. found it sweet and pleasant. thinking it would be a more us eful weapon against a reptile than my gun. it certainly makes a capital soup-tureen. With little difficulty we reached the top. and yet Fritz and I both felt a shade of loneliness stealing over us as we gazed on its utter solitude. we had to pass through a dense thicket of reeds. The scene inland was no less beautiful.' As I spoke. and almost lost to view in two shadowy promontor ies.' said Fr itz. the reed split. you must take it in hand when it is younger.

' `Never mind. fastening them together by the ir stalks. finding the juice sweet. `that's a capital plan of yours. The stones did not go near them. how heavy he found it when he started. only don't take more than you can conveni ently carry. and then faste n the bundle crosswise with your gun. `I had no idea. and once more stepped forward. A live monkey up in that tree is of more use to us than a dozen dead ones at our feet. moderation in all things. and which we scraped off with our spoons.hand was covered with the juice. sucking eagerly at the cane! `Gently there. exclaiming. and would have shot one of the poor beasts. and Fritz having resumed his burden. he began to suck most vigorously. I soon discovered that Fritz found the weight of his canes considerably more th an he expected: he shifted them from shoulder to shoulder. my son cut a dozen or more of the largest canes. Cut some to take home if you like. and to beg for cocoanu t. ' So saying. who ate it gratefully.' I said. and a moment afterwards sprang back to me. an d sent a perfect hail of them down upon us. as we entered it a troop of monkeys. we began our homeward march. rememb er. come. Oh. who had been disporting themselves on the gro und. then for a while carr ied them under his arm. How sincerely I pity the poor negr oes who are made to carry heavy loads of them! Yet how glad I shall be when my m other and brothers are tasting them. sugar-cane. `take breath a moment. but far from being satisfied. `How do you get the juice out.' he said. and rushing forward picked up some of th e finest of the nuts. how delightful! Do let us take a lot h ome to mother. sprang up.' cried I. but influenced by their instinctive man ia for imitation. father. and how light at the end of his journey? Let us each take a fresh staff. `never take the life o f any animal needlessly. and threw it to Turk. but not a drop of the juice could he extract. but it i s excellent for quenching thirst.' said I. and reached the clump of palms for which we had been making. and before we could clearly distinguis h them. After this delicious meal. Fritz presently noticed that I from t ime to time sucked the end of my cane.' said he. `How is this?' he asked. `Patience and courage! Do you not remember the st ory of Aesop and his breadbasket. What we liked best was a kind of solid cream w hich adheres to their shells. sugar-cane! Taste it. and st ripping them of their leaves. were at the very top of the trees. I slung a couple of the nuts over my shoulder. `Stay. how delicious. and finally stopped short with a sigh. Fritz was so provoked by their impertinent gestures that he raised his gun. father?' . the poor beast began to gnaw the ends of the sugar-canes. they instantly seized all the cocoanuts within their reach. I'll do that too. he did so again with less hesitation. and threw them up towards th e apes. drawing it through the h oles which I pierced. chattering and grimacing.' he continued. The milk of a cocoanut has not a pleasant flavor. my boy.' Saying this.' We did so. we thoroughly despised the lobster we had been carry ing. We drank the milk they contained. I gathered a handful of small stones. carried them under his arm. `Oh.' In spite of my warning. He carefully touched the cane with the tip of his tongue. then. as I will show you. father. We then pushed through the cane-brake. Fritz was delighted with my stratagem. `that a few reeds would be so heavy. `Oh.

which were g ambolling playfully on the turf at a little distance from the trees. and went on so merrily aft er it. `you form a vacuum in your mouth and the end of your tub e. he talked of the pleasure of initiat ing his brothers in the art. indeed ! This is like excellent wine. it firmly kept i . Fritz had eagerly rushed to the rescu e. and was fiercely tearing it to pieces before we could approach the sp ot. the little creature att empted to hide among the grass. and tugging out the cork. `it is like trying to suck marrow from a marrow bone. the chances are it will be vinegar by the time we get home. Turk suddenly darted away from us. wi th which he had filled his flask. if you venture deep into your flask. had s eized one. through which the juice could not flow. to make the sugar. and expect the air to force down the liquid from the other end which it canno t possibly enter.' `My dear father. Vinegar. Just as we had passed through the grove in which we breakfasted. flinging away all he was carrying. With a loud `pop' the contents came forth. of course. `My dear boy. had hindered her flight. laughing as he tasted this new luxury. `You will have to e xercise moderation again. and sprang furiously among a troop of monkeys. and its juice cooked and repeatedly refined. `There now!' said I. and the cane must be cr ushed. All to no purpose as far as the poor mother ape was concerned. it is embedded in the very fibrous pulp. that the distance to the place where we had left our gourd dishes seemed less than we expected. Wyss's acquaintance with sugar has not extended to the sugar cane. We found them quite dry. friend Fritz! I daresay it is delicious. foaming like ch ampagne. The sap does not flow. and a laughable scene ensu ed. you cannot think how good it is! Do take some. and the dog.' said he. which. and of how Ernest would enjoy the cocoanut milk. even if you do not know the real reason of your failure. without making a hole at the other end. holding fast by his thick curly hair. and in trembling fear watched the tragic fate of its mother.' `Vinegar! Oh. being on her back when the dog flew at her. but it will g o to your head. and losing his hat in his haste. `you need not have added that to your load. His luckless victim was the mother of a tiny little monkey. and. On perceiving Turk's bloodthirsty design. and see how it is getting on.' `Quite right. which is not particular ly sweet. discove ring by experience the necessity for a fresh cut at each joint or knot in the ca ne. that would be a horrid bore! I must look directly. They were t aken by surprise completely.' I replied.' cried Fritz. it will ferment soon after being drawn from the nut.' We were both invigorated by this unexpected draught.* * M.' Fritz was speedily perfect in the accomplishment of sucking sugar-cane.' said I. People en joying the cane in its natural state must chew the pulp.`Think a little.' I said. hastily swinging the flask from his shoulder. and very light and easy to carry . now really ravenous from hunger.' `Oh. for no sooner did the young monkey catch sight of him than at one bound it w as on his shoulders. In the heat of the sun. `you are quite as capable as I am of finding out t he way.

no bigger than a kitten." I told him. and the horse th e same. I believe monkeys instinct ively know what fruits are wholesome and what are poisonous. but all in vain. Fritz wished to drive him away from the feast. "in our situation. seemed determined to adopt Fritz. he is yanking my hair terribly. "the little rogue has found out that he has to do with a chicken-heart. but it was very uneasy at sight of him. who then looked with interest at the baby ape. and gradually dis entangling its small sinewy paws from the curls it grasped so tightly. He took no notice of the monkey. `let the little orphan be yours." The tiny ape seated itself in the coolest way imaginable on Fritz's shoulder. who shrinks from the idea of ill-treating an animal which has thrown itself on his protection. and I shall be obliged to you to try once more to get him off. so w e prepared to resume our march. Fritz replied. it only clung the closer to his neck. I laughed so much at this ridiculous scene. and left us with only an ass. You will see that he will soon regard your little monkey as a member of our fa mily.' said I. and licking his chops as though recalling th e memory of his feast. if they can. need no t fear any species of wild beasts. offering it a bit of biscuit.ts seat in spite of all he could do to dislodge it. and sc rambled down into Fritz's arms. and we were on some distance before Turk overtook us . "Let me remind you. A man on horseback. looking uncommonly w ell pleased. `What a jolly little fellow it is!' exclaimed he. making the most absurd grimaces.' `Well. I told Fritz that the animal. that I could scarcely assist my ter rified boy out of his awkward predicament." Fritz retorted. conversing as we walked." I said. You bravely and kindly exerted yourself to save the mother's life. for unless you do so its natural instinct will prove mischievous instead of useful to us. but what a pity that the horses on board died during our voy age. and it is not improbable that he will improve under our care. Fortunately he is large and strong. by coaxing the monkey. accompanied by a troop of well-trained dogs. which was so inconvenient to him that he devised . but I could not gru dge it him. We may train him to do us the same services as are performed by the horse. He screamed and plunged abou t as he endeavoured to shake or pull the creature off. now you must train her child carefully. I helped to carry his canes. I managed to relieve poor Fritz." "Let us take care how we treat even our ass with disdain. I daresay cocoanut milk would do until we can bring the cow and the goats from the wreck. given the excellent pasture we will find i n this climate." At last. "I feel fortunate that we are in the posession of two such creatures. "Perhaps he has disco vered in you something of the air of a father of a family. We did not think it necessary to wait until he had dined. fa ther. having lost its mother. Indeed. and reminded Fritz that continued hunger might have made Turk danger ous to ourselves. as it lay in my arms. `Do let me try to rear it. But we must not discourage him from his fancy for attacking wild beasts. "I wish we had him safe on land. But father.' Turk was meanwhile devouring with great satisfaction the little animal's unfort unate mother. If he lives he might be useful to us." "Or rather. it would be dangerous to teach the dogs not to attack and kill. whatever unknown animals they meet . H eaven has bestowed the dog on man to be his safeguard and ally." Thoughtfully. not even the lion nor the hyaena.

' `If it be the will of God. terrified at the noise his steed was making. and let us relieve you of your burden s. and seriously enjoining obedience. that his little rider. we found ourselves ere long on the rocky margin of the stream and clos e to the rest of our party. but by and by they yie lded to it quietly. except that we have entirely failed to discover any trace of our shipmates. in alarm at the tumult of voices. where he regained his composure and settled himself comfortably. and conversation beguiling the way. Turk. and handing Erne st his gun replaced the monkey on Turk's hack. nor get in a word in answer to them. Ernest soon found the burden with . `Now we want to hear all your adventures. I have been uneasy since you left. and imagined a thousand evils that might beset you. `We look just like a couple of mountebanks on their way to a fair with animals to exhibit. The day appeared an age. taking my game-bag. testifying in various ways their delight at ou r return.' At first this arrangement mightily displeased them both. I know how foolish my fears must seem. thank God. securing it there with a cord. and little Franz carried the gourds. `to leave us alone on this solitary p lace. Juno was the first to be aware of our approach. Turk. full of joy and affection. shouted in ecstasy: `A monkey! A monkey! Oh. Fritz distributed the sugarcanes amongst his brothers. and then putting a second string round the do g's neck that he might lead him. and announce our coming. and . Mr. I was able to say a few words with a chance of being listened to. our happy party was once more united. The boys suddenly perceiving the little animal which was clinging close to thei r brother. and. the monkey especially amused us by riding along with the air of a person perfectly at his ease. he put a loop of the knot into the comical ride r's hand. you will please to carry the son. `What an outcry the children will make when we appear!' My son inquired to what species of the monkey tribe I thought his protege belon ged. saying gravely. slipped from under the cord and fle d to his refuge on Fritz's shoulder. At length when the excitement subsided a little.a plan to relieve himself of his burden. `I am truly thankful to see you all safe and well. which led to a good deal of talk on the subject. but now that I see you once more safe and well. let us be content.' said my wife. what a bundle of sticks! Look at those curious great nuts fat her has got!' We could neither check this confused torrent of questions. dashed forward to rejoin his friend. and gave notice of it by loud b arking. as we on ours. who by this time knew where he was.' said I. One after another our dear ones c ame running to the opposite bank. and hastening up on their side of the river. he seated the monkey on his ba ck. our expedition has been very satisfactory.' added she. and rejoice that we are all together in safety. Calling Turk. to the for d at which we had crossed in the morning. Jack shouldered my gun. We were quickly on the other side. `Having slain the parent. to which Turk replied with such hearty goodwill. finding himself free. Ernest took the cocoanuts. how splendid! Where did Fritz find him? What may we gi ve him to eat? Oh.

' `No. you see. To crown th is splendid array. He willingly gave up the cocoanuts. it let me get quite close. so th at I knocked it on the head with a stick. `This is not one of our geese. but no sooner had he done so than his elder brother exclaimed: `Hullo. In the centre sat the great pot from which issued the smell of a most delicious soup. than Fritz had obtained as we were on the march. my boy. `it is a penguin. for she longed to see us eat once more like civilized beings. on t hese rested a rod from which hung several tempting-looking fish. quickly relieved my anxiety. did you reall y intend to hand over those good cocoanuts without so much as tasting them?' `What? ho! Are they really cocoanuts?' cried Ernest. but I was about to beg my wife to spare the poultry until our stock should have increased.' s he said. as a prudent housekeeper who made much use of sugar. Did you ever hear of sugar-canes?' The words were scarcely out of his mouth when Ernest began to suck vigorously a t the end of the cane with no better result. `Here. My wife. stood an open hogshead full of Dutch cheeses. mother. It seemed q uite destitute of any intelligence. `let me show you the trick of it. you surely do not know what you are parting with. `I have a particular regard for those heavy usel ess sticks. Here are its head and feet which I pre served to show you. `Try it first yourself. Do you not think it must have been a penguin?' `I have little doubt on the matter. Two forked sticks were planted in the ground on either side of the fire. All this was very pleasant to two hungry travellers. perce iving my thought.which Fritz had laden him too heavy to his taste. and then I can easily carry them.' and he speedily set all the youngsters to work extracting the luscious juice. His mother.' said Fritz. do let me look at them. I think. assuring me he had been helping all day to keep the meal from burning. however. Fritz did so. narrow and curved downwards.' `Worse and worse. was no less delig hted than the children with this discovery. when my wife interrupted me and begged us to com e to dinner and continue our natural history conversation at some future time.' and I was about to make a few rema rks on the habits of this bird. begge d his mother to taste it.' said I. perceiving this. which are of no use. when she. Franz gave the spit another turn. and producing his flask.' `Yes. Ernest. and its eyes looked s o solemnly and sedately at me. `I thought they were bowls ! Do let me take them again. `I have no wish to see you again overburdened. that I was almost ashamed to kill it. so that I was able to kill it with a single blow from my stick.' said Ernest.' said Fritz. and I instantly saw by his count enance that the liquor had passed through the first stage of fermentation and ha . F ritz now suddenly recollected his delicious wine. offered to relieve him of part of the load. the bill is. `but a wild bird Ernest killed.' replied my wife with a smile. It had funny little bits of useless wings. We went into the kitchen and there found preparations for a truly sumptuous mea l. thank you. the sight of the dishes also pleased her greatly.' `Oh but I have only to throw away these sticks. and the f eet are webbed. opposite them h ung a goose from a similar contrivance. slowly roasting while the gravy dropped into a large shell placed beneath it.

as a corrective of the wild and fishy flavor of the penguin. and the fluttering and cackling of our poultry warned us that a foe was approaching. one of you. and we once more re turned to our beds. I am really pleased at the trans formation. and sei zing our guns rushed out. long enjoy this repose. There we found a desperate combat going on. when my wife and I awoke. surrounded by a dozen or more large jackals. cheerfully. as well as improving the taste of the fish. `we have wine already but no vinegar. the monkey crouched down between Jack and Fritz . and havin g done it full justice. `In the first place.' said my prudent wife. regardless of their near relationship. curled up to sleep. it w ill make a most delicious sauce which will be as good a relish as a salad. `Patience. at least. and the rest galloped off. after extracting the milk of the nuts from their natural holes. who were on guard outside the tent. our gourds coming for the first time into use. ord er and perseverance will help us through all our work. I produced the cocoanuts by way of dessert. and pursuing them. killed.' And so it proved. awakened us. Fritz and I. and we were all soon fast asleep. who had been vai nly endeavouring to persuade the monkey to taste dainty morsels of the food we h ad been eating. and eagerly sucked the corner of a handk erchief dipped in it. careful ly cut the shells in half. Fritz wished to save one of the jackals that he might be able to show it to his brothers in the morning. four of their opponents lay dead. surfeited. `The poor little animal has been accustomed to nothing but its m other's milk.' `Return to the wreck by all means. Fritz and I sprang up. sent bullets through the heads of a couple more. however. were fighting bravely. my boy.' said I to Fritz. dragging theref ore the one that he had shot near the tent. our gallan t dogs.d become vinegar. a journey to the vessel must be ma de. This is of absolute necessity. But they. he concealed it.' replied my wife. however. Having offered up our p rayers. We did full justice to the appetizin g meal prepared for us. Mixed with the fat which has fallen from our bird with roasting.' I then. a loud barking from our dogs. if we would not be deprived of the livestock and other useful things. we lay down on our beds. What ought we first to resolve on? For example. We did not. and devoured another of the animals. `Never mind.' . I observed to her that I could not but view with alarm the many cares a nd exertions to be made. I told him that in justice. when she learned the cause of his w ry faces. Soundly and peacefully we slept until cock-crow next morning. thus providing several more useful basins. we should give this last jackal to them. and set to work without delay. and the poultry retiring fo r the night warned us that we must follow their example. all of which from moment to moment we risk lo sing by the first heavy sea. Turk and Juno did not intend that they should escape so cheap ly. but the others were in no way deterred by the fate of their comrades. sho uld not our very first endeavour to be the contriving of a better sort of habita tion and a more secure retreat from wild beasts. Come. let us wake the chi ldren. The monkey was perfectly satisfied with the milk. `Here is better food for your little friend. and I agree with you that a visit to the wreck is without doubt our first duty. The sun was now rapidly sinking behind the horizon. fetch me a saw. as well as a separate place for our provisions? I own I am at a loss what to begin first. they caught. if Turk and Flora were still hun gry.

w e could not swallow much. hungry as we were.' `Really. and stood by to wat ch the effect upon the family. while my wife and younger sons soaked theirs in water.' `My good boy.' said he.' said Ernest. than it fled precipitately back into the tent. you are none of you very far wrong. `It is a striped fox.' and he pointed to a large cask. that we had little to eat but the biscuits. `if we had but some but ter. had the effect of bring ing out the younger children. `no doubt you know better than your fat her! He thinks it is a jackal. soon after which we began our breakfast. it was cold and stiff from the night air. I made a little opening in it with a knife. so that I could extract the butter without exposing the mass of it to the effects of the air and heat. `I think it is a fox. and see.' `Very well. very well.' retorted Fritz. I will open the cask. wolf. I got enough to spread nicely upon this piece of b iscuit.' he said. `no more of this quarrelling.They were soon roused. Fritz and I took some cheese to help them down. and many were the exclamations they made at the si ght of the strange animal. that. Our Professor does no t know a jackal when he sees one.' So sa ying. toasting our biscuits before the fire and spreading them with butter.' I replied. `A yellow dog!' cried Franz. `Your perpetual "if.' said Fritz. but no sooner did it catch sight of the jackal. The noise the dogs made. dog. Why do you not sit down and eat cheese like the rest of us?' `Not while I can get butter.' said I. `Hullo.' `Come boys. I would ra ther eat a bit of cheese with my biscuit at once. which bring us so meagre a harvest. While we were thus employed. Ernest roamed down to the shore .' continued Ernest. So severely had we dealt with our supper the previous night.' The monkey had come out on Jack's shoulder. father. but Fritz called them off.' I said. Ernest. for the jackal partakes of the nature of all three. `that barrel contains excellent salt butter. examining the animal. however. we once more sat down.' `But really. than think of ifs. and I then summoned them all to prayers. `A wolf!' exclaimed Jack. r an out for his jackal. if". Jack soot hed and comforted the frightened little animal. and growling. and hid itself in a heap of moss until nothing was visible but the tip of its little nose. `we are indebted to you. The dogs were the first to perceive their enemy. and looked about for shellfish. `The greatest men may make mistakes. seemed inclined to dispose of the animal as they had disposed of its brethren in the night. I noticed that the two dogs were lying unusually q . `see here. quite annoys me. in a most life-like attitude. I took a knife and carefully cut a small hole. `Ah. Fill ing a cocoanut shell with the good Dutch butter. and Fritz overcoming his drowsiness before the others. which were so dry and hard. and fox. Presently he returned with a few whelks. and he placed i t on its legs before the tent.

for you and I are to make a trip to the wreck. `we must be starting. my little fellow. and though my nautical knowledge was not grea t. especially about the neck. we tenderly bade adieu and embarked. The dogs began to li ck each other on the places which they could not reach with their own tongues. and the little animal immedia tely sucked the milk with evident relish. to keep together as much as pos sible. We had not got far from the shore. we refreshed ourselves with a plentiful meal. for they were all still well supplied with food.' . and now. Except our guns and ammunition we were taking nothing. ask ed a blessing on our enterprise. my boy. entering th rough the breach. `for the current whic h brought us out will not take us back. the monkey provided for. reminded my younger sons to obey their mother in all things. that he might obtain milk for it as soon as possible. hoisted a strip of sailcloth as a flag. if mother will give m e some help. gladly made fast our boat and stepped on board. however. that we might leave as much space as poss ible for the stowage of a large cargo. three shots were to be fired and the flag lowered. Our first care was to see to the animals. but I soon discovered that it arose from a different cause. whereas the fresh breeze we met would he lp us immensely had we but a sail. along with fresh water.' `That I will. as a protection to them should they aga in be called upon to defend themselves and us from wild beasts. the n. `we have plenty to do. `One of the things we must not forget to look for in the vessel. thi s flag was to remain hoisted so long as all was well on shore. we accomplished the whole distance. I erected a signal-post. I succeeded in steering the boat into the favourable stream. Fritz then placed his monkey by one of the goats. We removed any partly spoiled food and added a fresh supply. the f aithful animals had not escaped unhurt from their late combat.' answered Fritz. which carried us nearly three-fourths of our passage with little or no trouble to ourselves. who greeted us with joy--lowing.' `Oh yes. where shall we begin?' `Let us fix a mast and sail to our boat. and warning my wife that we might find it necessary to remai n all night on the vessel. and bleating as we approached--not that the poor beasts were hungry. but had received several deep and painful wounds. And entions as we can think e something useful. but should our re turn be desired. `but I can make spiked collars. I at first attributed this drowsiness to their large meal dur ing the night. Fritz.' said I. and having a rranged a set of signals with my wife that we might exchange communications.' said Fritz. Fritz. you she cried. `and persuade your mother to assi st you.' I begged the party who were to remain on shore.' s aid I.' I continued. bell owing. had resolved to bring his little monkey. a nd my wife carefully dressed the wounds with butter from which she had extracted the salt by washing. We cannot better employ your time. All was now ready.' exclaimed Jack. when I perceived that a current from the riv er set in directly for the vessel. `Now. and while Fritz was ma king preparations for our departure. `for I would like to see what new fancy has c all of us must remember that we may make as many new inv of.uietly by my side. ` is a spiked collar for each of the dogs. chattering and grinning all the while. and if you produc will be rewarded with the commendations of all.' ome into your head. by dint of hard pulling. and.' `Try by all means. but they were apparently pleased by the mere sight of human beings.

that I should have been obliged to lighten her had not the sea been calm. `What makes you think of this at so critical a time . cordage. a nd sank our boat so low. and as much string. A large quantity of powder and shot we first secured. and soon an nounced that the flag was flying and all was well. and a who le armful of swords. stepped it and secured it with stays. We then discovered a lug-sail. `and let us set to work at once. I wa s thinking that we might make the wind supply its place.Quite startled.' he said. as that might risk our sinki ng or force us to throw supplies overboard. as the current will be of no use in our way back. Fritz seemed sanguine that we would be able to return for more. I then contrived a rudder. `that I found it very difficult to row for so long a time. Fritz examined the shore with his glass. and supplied ourselves wi th potted meats. a bag of maize and wheat. and I am a fraid that I shall not be strong enough to row to land. showed us that all w as well. which had belonged to one of the ship's boats. daggers and knives. towards land. and stowed in their place heavy articles. I notice d that. E ven so. Westphalian hams. of value to us. and a quantity of other seeds and vegetables. we discovered a service of silver-plate and a ce llaret of good old wine. I then added a barrel of su lphur for matches. Exploring the captain's cabin. Fritz reminded me that sleeping on the ground. it was cumbrous and inconvenient. and kitchen utensils of all sorts. and then sp ent the rest of our time in taking out the stones we had placed in the boat for ballast. even with the leaves and moss th e boys had collected. Night drew on and a large fire. All this--with nails. we then went over the stores. for though I knew th at an oar would serve the purpose. she had theref ore on board every conceivable article we could desire in our present situation. as I had wished.' I replied. we must take care not to overload the boat. While I was thus employed.' `You have reasoned well. We remembered that knives and forks and spoons were necessary. we therefore laid in a large stock of them. portable soups. I demanded. S miling at this childish but natural vanity. our only difficulty indeed was to make a wise selection. we added three excellent guns. Now. The ship had sailed for the purpose of supplying a young colony. . Our boat will be very h eavy when we have loaded it with all the things we mean to take away. and prevailed upon me to incr ease our cargo by some hammocks and blankets. Fritz begged me to decorate the mast-head with a red streamer. that I might be able to steer the boat. that we found we could not return that night .' I chose a stout spar to serve as a mast. and sailcloth as I could find. and two shots announced us that our signal was perceived. tools and agricultural implements--completed our cargo. when we have so many necessities to attend to?' `I must confess. and our craft was ready to sail. lighted by those on shore. though the wind blew strong in my face. I complied with his request. with t he help of a rope and a couple of blocks. sausages. t his we hoisted. had been both cold and hard. my boy. and as Fritz considered t hat we could not have too many weapons. So much time had now slipped away. though I assure you I did my best and did not spare my strength. to give our vessel a more finished appearance. We signalled our intention of remaining on board. We replied by hoisting four ship's lanterns. the current contin ued to carry is out. but of that I was far from certain. and having made a hole in a plank nailed across one of the tubs we.

I am at a loss as to how to proceed. and a sow either to get upon a raft or. the flag on shore was thrice dipp ed. they being of a more docile temper.' said Fritz. but for the larger a nimals. So. which appeared safer than the great vessel. and went on deck. I first fastened a broad piece of linen round its belly. my next concern i s for the animals on board. For them we required something more buoyant than the mere cork. we at last found some empty casks and fastened two to each animal by thongs passed under its belly. with a heartfelt prayer for the safety of our dear ones on sho re. we retired. Oh. though swimming aga inst the strong current would have been difficult.' suggested Fritz. that idea is worth having. * In fact all of the animals would have been able to float. but I desired to allow Fritz to invent a solution. I saw the door of the t ent open.* and she is the one I care least about preserving. I had an idea how to proceed. save by the great dogs--disturbed my rest. we can draw her after the boat.' I replied. when there to remain motionless and quiet? The sheep and goats one might perhap s find means to remove.' `Would it be possible to make a raft. The solution chosen does not address this problem at all.' Fritz now proposed. ' So saying. and proceeded to put our plan into execution. I am not joking. and in reply.' In fact. but a moment afterwards rose and floated famously. Let us endeavour to save the lives of some of them.' `We could tie a long rope around the sow's neck. The night at length passe d away. For a while I could not sleep. and to take them with us. my boy. At daybreak Fritz and I arose. `we may get every one of the animals ashore in that way. `and thro w her without ceremony into the sea. while I kept the glass directed to the land. `I can think of nothing else. what a weight seemed lifted from my heart as I saw the signal! `Fritz. I flung the animal into the se a--it sank. at least. `but unfortunately it is of no use but for the pig. and we brought the ass to one of . `Well.The ship seemed to be in so wretched a condition that the least tempest. and my wife appear and look steadfastly towards us. and with pleasure saw the flag still waving in the morn ing breeze. `we will treat them all like that. such a s might arise unexpectedly during the night. and by the rope. indeed. We resigned ourselves to sleeping in our small boat.' I said.' I continu ed.' We then rapidly caught the other animals and provided them one after the other with a similar co ntrivance. the thought of my wife and children--alone and u nprotected. the whole herd were ready to start. an ass. must complete her destructions. Her immense bulk will be sure to sustain he r above water. This done. I at once hoisted a white flag. `Hurrah!' exclaimed Fritz. and to this attached s ome corks and empty tins. and Fritz at all events was soon sound asleep.' `Really.' `An excellent idea. as I saw him smile. unless indeed we make them su ch swimming-belts as you made for the children. then with Fritz's help. `now that I have had a sight of your mother. The cow and ass gave us more trouble than did the others. I brought the telescope to bear upon the shore. I caught a fine sheep. `and get them all on it and in that way take them to shore?' `But how could we induce a cow.

I saw. Fritz. he turned on his side to seize hi s prey. tried to free h im from it. leaving a trace of blood on the calm water. set sail. th ere stood Fritz with his gun to his shoulder. M y wife was astonished at the apparatus. as the white of his belly appeared Fritz fired. Steering the boat to a convenient landing place. `you will become a crack shot one of these days. s truggled and squealed so violently. and then a sudden heave sent him plunging into the sea.' Fritz's eyes sparkled at his success and my praise. The cow. how impossible it would ha ve been for us to have succeeded in our enterprise without the aid of a sail. and now embarking. `no one must be idle here. At leng th. now. and when once in the water. and urging him on with hand and foot. and after asking and replying to a few preliminary questions. and then. and was the first to reach the shore. There was no sign of my wife or children when we stepped on land. As I was thus engaged. `Well done. and reloading his gun. which. We had fastened to the horns or neck of each animal a cord with a float attache d to the end. my boy. She seemed. that I really thought we should be obliged t o abandon her. H e sank. `How clever you are.' said she. He not only th ought of this plan for bringing off the animals. were exceedingly inconvenient on shore. `I am not the inventor.' I cried. But with the sail. a sudden shout from Fritz surprised me. My wife was delighted with her son's success.' I said. and then the sow alo ne remained. `the honour is due to Fritz. however determined not to leave the ship. while Jack. and with a shout of joy ran towards us. we found it necessary to put a muzzle on her to prevent h er from biting before we could tie a large piece of cork under her body. knowing that such savage fish inhabited the waters. she kicked. pointing it at a huge shark. th e weight of the good sank the boat so low in the water that none of our exertion s would have allowed us to row such a distance. and borne onwards by the breeze. I glanced up.' And I then told them how bravely he had encountered the shark. Indeed. `Come. But the shark did not again appear. we quickly neared the shore. The m onster was making for one of the finest sheep. We were thankful to be once more united. though so useful in the water. carefully watched the water. but saved one at least of them from a most fearful death. he scrambled upon th e animal's back. but I trust you will not often have such dangerous game to shoot. and the child's fingers were n ot strong enough to loosen the cordage. seeing t hat the poor donkey was still encumbered with his swimming-belt. I took up my glass and tried to make out how our dear ones on shore were employing themselves . sheep and goats followed him one after the other. But the donkey would not stand quiet. proceeded to release our herd from their swimming belts. we succeeded in sending her out of the port after the ot hers. After some maneuvering we got him in a convenient position. but a few mom ents afterwards they appeared.' I replied. trotted towards us. I cast off the ropes which secured the animals. Ernest and I began the work of unloading our craft. and stee red for shore. and let them get ashore as best th ey might. we proceeded so completely to our satisfaction that were able to get some biscuits and enjoye d a midday meal. we gathered up these floats. emerged head and back from the water. you will . therefore. then. while Fritz amused himself with his monkey. but declared that she w ould dread our trips to the vessel more than ever. finally. drawing our herd after us. The shot took effect. such was the old lady's energy that she quickl y distanced them. buoyed up by the casks. my boy. an d our enemy disappeared.the ports to be the first to be launched. even for a moment. after much trouble.

' Fritz got out a splendid ham and carried it to his mother triumphantly. do you. don't come near me. `you should have cured the hide before you used it. `Fritz.' he said. Juno.' `Ernest. begged his little brother to keep at a distance. having collected our herd of animals (exc ept for the sow.' The jackal was dragged off. and finally some Dutch cheese.' replied my wife. we returned to the tent. forks. dismount and come and help us.' Jack was soon on his feet. . `it is your nasty jackal itself that you left in the sun. It was a broad belt of yellow sk in in which he had stuck a couple of pistols and a knife. `but where did you get your materials. with th ese and your ham I do not think we shall starve. `shall be told in due course when we relate our advent ures.' he added. `he had little assistance.' the dogs came bounding up at h is call. which ran away. then slices of the ham. and the needles and thread cam e out of my wonderful bag. now we will see what they will do towards making a supper for you. completed the repast . the smell is disgusting. I said. you know. When this was accomplished we started for our tent. ' Fritz evidently did not approve of the use to which his jackal's hide had been devoted. which bristled round their necks in a most formida ble manner.' said my wife. and the ducks and geese which deserted us for a nearby marshy swamp).' said my wife. followed by a capital omelette.have riding practise enough hereafter. `And see. Turk.' said I. `Well done. with a bottle of the captain's canary wine.' Leaving my wife to prepare supper.' retorted Jack. Ernest. `look h ere!' and he pointed to a belt round his waist. spoon s and plates for each person. and who helped you?' `Except in sewing. help your brother to d rag the carcase to the sea. and we then finished our work of unloading our boat . and if your belt smells after that you must take it off and dry it better. My wife had improvised a table of a board laid on two casks. let us have a Westphalian ham.' `Now. where did you get them?' `That. boys. ` what I have made for the dogs. `Really. `no quarrelling here. then. butte r and biscuits. while E rnest set before me a dozen white balls with parchment-like coverings. A tureen of good soup first appeared. and I saw that they were each supplied with a collar of the same skin. on which were placed knives. `Capital. capital! my boy. and as for the mat erials. and finding there no prepa ration for supper. smiling. in which were fastened nails.' he said. Fritz's jackal supplied us with the skin. and holding his nose. `let us see if we cannot conjure up some eggs. on this was spread a white damask tablecloth. `But I have not been idle all day.' said I. it is woman's duty and nature. `Turtles' eggs!' said I. we returned to the shore and brought up what of the cargo we had left there. The meal which awaited us was as unlike the first supper we had there enjoyed a s possible. You little think how many useful things may be had fr om that same bag. Here. to see after trifles.' `It's not the hide that smells at all. Jack. Jack.

which he cleaned and scraped very carefully." said I to myself. while they gave me charge of the water flask. I gave him needles and thread. Master Jack came to me with the agreeable re quest that I would kindly stitch the canvas and (moist) skin together for him. I related to my wife our adventures. and I will find it. finished lining the skin dog-collars he had so ingeniously contrived. and a small ha tchet. o ur only shelter is this poor tent. stretched flat. doubled them. `My scheme of a journey was agreed to joyously by my young companions. hastened to reply to it. who had accompanied you on your f irst expedition. an d laid them on the raw side of the skin so as to cover the broad flat nail heads .' said my wife. I sat down and began to consider how our position could b e improved. and then begged she would remember her promise and tell me all that had happened in my ab sence. and with the utmost joy per ceiving your signal that all was right." `By this time the boys were up. Watching his proce edings. `Leaving everything in as good order as we could at the tent. Preparat ions were instantly set on foot: weapons and provisions provided: the two elder boys carrying guns. Among those delightful woods and groves where Fritz and his father saw so many charming thin gs. `"For it is perfectly impossible. `of our first day's occupations . when I saw how good-humouredly he persevered in the work with his awk ward unskilful fingers. He nailed the skin. "to live much longer where we are now. Why should not I and my little boys exer t ourselves as well as my husband and Fritz? Why should not we too try to accomp lish something useful? `"If we could but exchange this melancholy and unwholesome abode for a pleasant shady dwelling-place. I spent the time chiefly in anxious thought and watching your p rogress and signals. after which he cut strips of canvas sailcloth twice as broad as the thongs. and proudly led the way. `At this point of the performance. which Jack forthwith put in execution. and I observed Jack very quietly and busily occ upied with his knife about the spot where Fritz's jackal lay. `Ernest. truth to tell. seemed immediately to understand that we wished to pursue the s ame route. and then while my sons yet slumbered. I advised him to think of some means by which the skin might be kep t from shrinking. I saw that he had cut two long narrow strips of the animal's skin. there must be. I took pity upon him. on a board. he stuck them through the skin points outwards. After thi s I was called upon to complete in the same way a fine belt of skin he had made for himself. The sun beats burningly the livelong day on this bare rocky spot. we proceeded towa rds the stream. and put it in the sun to dry. and then taking a handful of great nails out of his pocket. proposed a sensible-enough plan. but could not think of depriving him of the pleasu re of doing it himself.While we thus regaled ourselves. I rose very early this morning. I feel sure there must be some little retreat where we could establish ourse lves comfortably. `However. beneath the canvas of which the heat is even more oppressive than on the open shore. accompanied by the dogs. . we should all improve in health and spirits. and conquering the disgust I felt. although rather treating Jack's manufacture with ridicule. Chapter 3 `I will spare you a description. Turk.

saying. what a pity!" exclaimed Ernest. rushed upward into the air. A very large and powerful bird sprang upwar d on the wing. sir! I live in hopes of another meeting!" `On searching the ground carefully. `"Oh. although we perceived broken egg-shells at no g reat distance. `Jack sprang towards the place. and instantly a second bird." answered little Franz. Both boys attempted to take aim. and thi ther we directed our course." `"What sort of bird can it have been?' inquired Jack. awok e within my breast. and concluded that the young brood had escaped among the grass. I should have brought him down dir ectly!" `"Oh yes." `"But I had no notion that anything was going to fly up just at our feet like t hat. when. I felt grateful to you. as you described. `Filling our water-jar. while I laughed heartily. and looked inclined to cry. `"A good shot. rather larger than the first. we crossed the stream. "no doubt you would be a capital sportsman if only your game would always give you time to make ready comfortably. Ernest coloured up.`As I looked at my two young sons. called after the fugitive. "now if I had only had my light gun. and if the bird had not flown quite so fast. for having acquainted them in childhood with the use of firearms. "Adieu for the present. dear husband. `We had not entirely escaped the tall grass. you are first-rate sportsmen. we made to wards it. and went on to the height from w hence. But soon finding it impossible to force our way thr ough the tall strong grass which grew in dense luxuriance higher than the childr en's heads." said I. in a tone of der ision." cried he. and following it we re ached a point much nearer the little wood. It was empty. `"Let's see where he was sitting. we turned towards the open beach on our left. when suddenly a great rushin g noise terrified us all dreadfully. however and with the utmost fatigu e and difficulty were struggling through the reeds. w . "must be prepared for surprises: neither wild birds nor wild beasts will send you notice that they are about to fly or to run. at all events!" said I. "it was so very big!" `"Just as if every big bird must be an eagle!" replied Ernest. but the bird was far away before they were ready to fire. to which I had long been a stranger. to be sure! You certainly will kee p my larder famously well supplied!" `At this." I replied. a lovely prospect is obtained. pulled off his cap. `The boys stood staring upwards. and considered how much t he safety of the party depended on these little fellows. quitting the strand. it certainly must have been an eagle. and with a low bow. with a most startling noise. we discovered a rude sort of nest made unti dily of dry grass. at the sight of which a pleasurable sensation of buoyant hope. while Jack put on a c omical face. each with his gun. `"Oh dear. `A pretty little wood in the distance attracted my notice particularly. perfectly stupefied. "Well.

doubtless of va lue. I should feel perfectly safe and happy. so that they should get the full benefit of the sun. which was firmly rooted in the centre. and if we could but manage to live in some sort of dwelling up among the bran ches of those grand. in fact. forming strong arches. perhap s. I completed them easily. and I cannot describe to you how wonderful they a re. while Ernest fitted the collars on the two dogs. `As they were now quite dry. a nd I was surprised to see them lie down and go comfortably to sleep without begg ing for food. observed that our dogs were busy among the rocks. peculiar to the Great Bustard. and. "just consider how this bird c ould by any possibility have been an eagle. Eagles never build on the ground. That is a peculiarity of the gallinaceous tribe of birds alone. to which then t hese must belong. We rolled some casks. is indicated by the white belly and dull red colour of the wing coverts which I observed in these specimens. we at length approached my pretty wood. It is the m ost charming resting-place that ever was seen. I saw no sort of fruit. `The longer we remained in this enchanting place. and entirely free from thorns. And after all. which we could carry away with us. for you must know that the c hild had actually been carrying the board on which these were stretched all this time. I think. and dragged a chest or two also higher on the beach. thro wing delicious shade on the ground beneath. but I did not encourage the boys in their wish to try to shoot any of the happy little creatures. Jack persuaded me to sit quietly a little longer. if y our fingers were unready with the gun. and marching about in a most sel f-important style. which is carpeted with soft green he rbage. the roots sustained the massive trunks exalted in the air. as they do usually when we eat. while do ing so. especially as I noticed in the largest the fine moustach e-like feathers over the beak. `I gave Jack some twine. but the foliage is thick and abundant. nor can you form the least idea of their enormous size without seeing them y ourself. noble trees. presently. what was strange. `The dogs joined us after a while. and Jack girded on the be lt with great pride. briars. `On reaching the shore." `"My dear boy!" I said. and made it out to be about eig hteen yards. `Before starting." `Thus chatting. "your eyes were actively employed. beyond hig h-water mark. placing his pistols in it. we found it strewed with many articles. and I belie ve them to be bustards. and scrambling up one of the curious open-air roots. I must confess. but return to the beach and see if anything from the wreck had been cast up by the waves. h e succeeded in measuring round the trunk itself. Franz. The species. or bushes of any kind. the more did it charm my fanc y. so I determined to search no further. What we had been calling a wood proved to be a group of about a dozen t rees only. it is just as well. as the little birds ran through it. and. Numbers of birds flutte red and sang among the high branches.hich. we could see was waving at a little distance. We were lost in admirati on of the trees of this grove. but all too heavy for us to lift. that we have not thrown the bustard's family into mourning. and I and the boys enjoyed our mi dday meal immensely in this glorious palace of the woods. It see med to me absurd to suppose we should ever find another place half so lovely. and finish making his belt and the spike-collars for the dogs. and every now and then would pounce downwards and ." said Ernest. They had lingered behind on the sea-shore. however. They were carefully wa tching the crevices and pools. ne ither can their young leave the nest and run as soon as they are out of the egg. `"Now look here. so grateful to our sen ses after the glare and heat of our journey thither. and props and stays all around each individu al stem.

they were catching the little green crabs with which the wat er abounded. `While thus employed. `"They are eating crabs. `Some time afterwards. `However. "No wonder they have not seemed hungry lat ely. my wife. Why could not we contrive a place like that.' said I. and it was with some difficulty that we drov e her aside while we gathered a couple of dozen of the eggs. just as we were about to turn inland towards the ford." `And. I do not know how many feet high. we caught sight of a sail which appeared to be merrily approaching the shore beyond the cliffs. w e noticed that Juno was scraping in the sand. Referring to the task she had the previous evening proposed for me. Suppose we decide to stay pa tiently here for the present--until. and reported in his calm way that the dog had found turtles' eggs. always having the fear of savages before his eyes.' returned my wife. crossing it by the stepping-stones.' `Aye. and. be a capital p lan. quite a pretty arbour. and night is coming on. took counsel together as to future proceedin gs. we all slept soundly as marmots. sure enough. and turning up some round substanc es. at least.' said I. `In the first place. on which we are to perch and roost l ike the birds? If we had but wings or a balloon. when. See how secure it i s. `"Oh. And I know I have seen at home in Switzerland. did not at all approve of this. `I am unwilling hastily to quit a spot to which I am convinced we were providentially led as a landing-place.seize something which they swallowed with apparent relish. and accessible only by the narrow passage to the ford.' `Laugh as much as you like.' said I. stowing them in our provision bags. `so that is your idea of comfort and security is it ! A tree. until break o f day. as we have finished supper. and that to morrow you will do me the favour of packing everything up. c ame in sight of the landing-place. Juno.' Beneath the shelter of our tent. We should be safe up there from jackals' visits during the night. where we could sleep safel y at night?' `I will consider the idea seriously. which she hastily devoured. however. after all! Meantime. I own. and taking us away to live amongst my splendid trees. `Now I hope you approve of the proceedings of your exploring party. did not apparently entirely satisfy them. little wife. where we joyfully met you. `my idea is not so absurd as you make it out. and we went up a staircase to r each it. while from this point it is so easy to reach the ship that the whole of its valuable cargo is at our disposal. `Ernest went to see what these were. my wife and I awaking. `perhaps something may c ome of it. with a str ong floor. up among the branches of a lime tree. and for a moment I myself was doubtful what to think. Little Franz. These. I remarked that to undertake it would involve so many difficulties that it was highly neces sary to look closely into the subject. it would. howev er." cried I. let us commend ourselves to Almighty protection and retire to rest. we have brought on shore everythi . beg an to look frightened. "then let us by all means share in the booty!" Mrs." said Jack. Ernest declared it must b e our raft. guarded on all sides by these high cliffs. we hastened to the stream.

and we were soon within the influence o f the current. in bridge-building before it could be undertaken. only pray set about it without delay.' said I. they began at once to talk of it as our `journey to the Promised Land'. by blasting portions of the rock with gunpowder. I must admit that there is much right on your side. and if you will turn your atte ntion to providing those. Everyone being impatient for breakfast that work might be begun at we possibly can?' `I agree with you to a certain extent. an accident might happen. `but you do not know how dreadfully the heat among the rocks tries me. I could easily render it still more secure. It is an excellent idea to make a strong pl ace among the cliffs here. where cool fruits refresh. `As to the contents of the ship. It is almost intolera ble to us who remain here all day while you and Fritz are away out at sea. and also chalked out work for the day. than we were astonished to see a countless multitu de of sea-birds. Fritz caught up his gun. and even as it is. so as to come i n sight of its seaward beach. if a bridge ha s to be made.' `Well. and. in order to obtain planks for the proposed bridge. I was very curious to find out what could be the great attraction for all th . `but bags and baskets we must have. the stream will probably swell and be impassable at times.' replied she. and I wo uld much rather give up all the remainder.' said I. `and for both these reasons we must be especially careful of it.' I continued.' `Oh. It will be wanted not once. to put things in. in whatever fashion we make the move. the co w and goats were milked. as they said. for it is frightfully dangerous to keep so much as we have close to our habitation. dear husband. and deafened us by their wild and screaming cries. but continually. disturb ed by our approach.' cried my wife impatiently. I prepared to start for the wreck. which rose like a cloud into the air. Fritz was steering. having enjoyed a comfortable meal of biscuit boile d in milk. When the children heard of th e proposed move their joy was boundless.' `Well. `Why not just take our things on our b acks and wade across as we have done already? The cow and the donkey could carry a great deal. an immense deal has been cast ashore.' `That they will have to do. and be spared the painful anxiety it gives me when you even talk of venturing again on the faithless deep. `suppo se we were to remove to your chosen abode. and would have sent a shot among them had I permitted it. and only regretted that time must be `wasted'. and were carried swiftly out to sea. and we h ad no sooner passed beyond the islet at the entrance of the bay. But a bridge must be c onstructed in the first place. and make this rocky fastness our maga zine and place of retreat in case of danger. Ernest as well as Fritz accompanied me. `I submit to your opinion. to enable us to cross bag and baggage.' By this morning's consultation we had settled the weighty question of our chang e of abode. and fair scenes deligh t you. for I long to be off. well!' cried my wife. I will set about the bridge at once. In time I will hollow out a place in the rock where we can store it safe from either fire or damp.' `Gunpowder is indeed the most dangerous and at the same time the most useful th ing we have. gulls and others. or wa ndering among the shady woods. I shall be parched to death before we can leave this place. I shall be delighted to see stored here when we go away. the gunpowder especially.

See the rows upon rows of murderous teeth. Perceiving with satisfaction that the shore was strewn with just the sort of bo ards and planks I wanted.' Ernest drew the ramrod from his gun. `There was nothing on this sandy beach when we passed yesterday. Fritz detached some broad strips of skin with his swarm of feathered fowl. Fritz. exhibited among the guests at this banquet. I do believe.' said Fritz. availing myself of a fresh breeze from the sea. `It seems strange to see this creature stranded here. It would be beautiful shagreen* with which we could smooth and polish wood. where the flocks of birds were again settl ing. father?' inquired he. I am certain. wi thout visiting the wreck at all. and we returned towards the boat. we were in a short time able to direct our course homeward. beneath the st rangely projecting snout. `we may happen to find it useful i n that form as well as flat. Presently he shouted.' `Why. securing the raft by casting a ro pe round a large stone. on whose flesh these multitudes of birds were ravenously feeding. Just look. while Fritz bent his keen eyes eagerly towards the sandy shore. The swelling sail and flying pennant charmed Ernest. father. I lost no time in collecting them. at those terrific jaws. and when dry may be used like a file. and. th at striking right and left he speedily killed several. `it will be quite bent and cro oked when it hardens. and. `though I think your imagination only can distinguish the gunshot wounds among all the pecking and tearing of th e voracious birds there.' `And you thought rightly. and a proper feast they are making! Let's have a neare r look at it. `Aha. you know! I beli eve I can see where you hit him in the head. and. As we sailed along. and thank G od we were delivered from them! Let us try if we can induce these greedy birds t o spare us a bit of the shark's skin. It proved to be a monstrous fish. boys. `Will that be a good idea. now I see what they are after! They have got a huge monster of a fish there. whilst most of the others took to flight.' * Rough leather used like sandpaper `I thought. extremely well pleased with our good fortune. I set the sail and directed our course towards the island. by my direction.' remarked Ernest. Ernest. `that shagreen was made from asses' hides. father!' We could not take our boat very close in.' `That is just what I want it to be.' said I.' said I. nailed part of the shark's skin flat on boards to dry in the sun and the rest on the rounded mast. we cautiously drew near the object of interest.' `You are right. `it must be the shark! Your shark. Pe . and charged so manfully into the crowd. forming a raft to tow after us.' said I. Fritz!' cried Ernest. and all manner of evil passions. it is extremely rough. `The best shagreen is prepared in Turkey. and it was extraordinary to watch the ferocity. t he gluttony. but we managed to effect a landing at a short distance from the festive scene. the envy.

only to find others scrambling off in a dozen different ways. `A surveyor's table would be useful now. while little Franz held alo ft a landing-net. Our return so soon was quite unexpected. in his dry. and I had to improvise rope-harness for the cow and the donkey.' observed Ernest. which we soon explained. and I certainly saw no be tter place. some to strike sparks with in the dark. whose efforts to escape by scuttling away in every direction. we went to bring our store of planks to land. Even this apparentl y simple operation required thought.' .' `Angel-fish!' exclaimed Fritz. and the roughness imparted to the appear ance of the skin remains indelibly. ha rd grains of corn are spread on the under surface.' By this time we were close in shore. No one was in sight. `How shall we find out if our planks are long enough to reach across?' said I. `Now. some because they were so pretty. `No! Fancy young Franz being the lucky man!' answered he." `"Jack! Jack!" cried he presently. and then the mysterious bundles were opened. lowering the sail. father? Will they be good to eat?' `Very excellent. as the banks were at that point tolerably close to one another. and of about equal height. and pressed into it as it dri es. have we not done well. father. there were thousands of them. Franz was picking up pebbles and alabasters. "come and see the crabs on Fritz's jackal!" You know we threw it away there. In these skins. just to look for a good place for the bridge . caused i mmense fun and laughter as the boys pursued and brought them back. and a gr eat number of fine crawfish displayed. These grains are afterward removed. my boy. `He and I went toward s the stream while mother was busy. `what a name to give to anything "hideous. the rough ness is produced artificially. not a sound to be heard. `it is better to leave people to see for themselves which is meant. and they anxiously inquired the reason .' When each party had related the day's adventures. and Tartary. and to be sure it was swarming with these creat ures. safely moored to the bank. and it is made in France from the rough skin of a hideous creature called the angel-fish. Jack showed me where he thought the bridge should be. Are you glad we have found them. directly they were placed in a heap on the ground. quiet way. stee p.rsia. Jack?' said I. from the skins of horses and asses. and. which after a while was answered in shrill tones. while the skin is newly flayed and still soft. so with united voice we gave a lo ud cheery halloo. we soon had our cr aft with the raft in tow." fath er!' `There are bad angels as well as good ones. by which we could make them drag each board separately from the water's edge to the margin of the stream. and my wife with her two boys came running from behind the high rocks between us and the str eam. shagreen is useful in polishing joiners' wor k. each carrying a small bundle in a handkerchief. Just look at their claws!' `No doubt you were the discoverer of these fine crabs. eh. and while my wife was cooking the crawfish. and we may be thankful that food for our wants is thus provided day by day. today!' cried Jack. and I am sure we have go t two hundred here at least. and some he insisted were "gold. `did you ever see such a splendid crawfish? Oh.

displayed to me her needlework. Having no suitable needle. W e resolved to discuss it during dinner. th e boys nailing them lightly down as I sawed them in lengths. ophize. throw it across. There fortunately were one or two trees close to the stream on either side. No darting off into bye-ways. Jack. rose higher. I made a little speech to my sons on the su bject of the important move we were about to make. I soon arranged th e rope on a strong limb of the opposite tree. and keep together No lingering behind to philos . And my wi fe. and slung it loosely to the tree b eside us. and fastening this rope to the harness I had previously contrived for them. I brought the ass and the cow. as we sat resting. and the surprise and delight o f the boys. Now that the work was done. we began to feel how much we were fatigued. the plank rested on the ground. and measure the line!' Adopting my son's idea. Ernest. The question as to how the planks were to be laid across was a difficult one. and when these were carefully secured at each end to the ground and t o the trees. wishing to impress them with a sense of the absolute necessity of great caution. fastening a long rope to the other end. as we were all eager to continue our engineering work. They danced to and fro on the wonderful structure. A scheme had occurred to me for conveying one end of a plank across the w ater. Our work was now comparatively easy. father?' said Ernest. we are yet complete strangers to a variety us unawares. again returning with the end to ou r own side. while we breakfasted. and gla dly returned to our tent for refreshment and repose. then. I mus t confess I heartily sympathized with their triumphant feelings. singing. our bridge was pronounced complete. Next morning. Nothing could exceed the excitement of the children. until. having described the segment of a circle. To my great satisfaction. And now all hands to work. it reached the op posite bank.' to feel very much at your eas of dangers which may surprise good order. `Remember. I drove them stead ily away from the bank. turned.' said I. and soon projecting over the water continue d to advance. we speedily ascertained the distance across to be eight een feet. and I set about it in this way. With hard labour had she made two large canvas bags for the ass to carry. to maintain on the march. shouting and cutting the wildest capers. shouting joyfully as they sprang to the other side. I calculated twenty-four f eet as the necessary length of the boards. and gained great praise for her ingenuity and patience. the bridge was made! So at l east thought Fritz and Jack. then draw it back. and when this was d one. we very quickly laid short boards side by side across the beams. who in a moment were lightly running across the nar row way. I charge you. `that. the end of the plank which had been laid alongside the stream began gently to move. Then allowing three feet more at each side. A second and third plank were laid beside the first. therefore. I stopped my team. I crossed with it by mea ns of broken rocks and stones. although you all begin e here. she had been obliged to bore the hole for each stitch with a nail. and having a pulley and block. `Tie one end to a s tone. to which we were now summoned. Now putting my idea to the proof. I a ttached a rope pretty near one end of a beam.`What do you say to a ball of string. Dinner was quickly dispatched.

Away ran the children to catch the cocks and hens. tools. scattering some handfuls of grain within the open tent. and the sober-min ded cow followed them closely. even for a night. as we proceeded. reinforced unexpectedly on the opposite side b y the arrival of our cross-grained old sow. where. while the two dogs kept constantly running backwards and forwards in th e character of aides-de-camp. when the curtain was droppe d. nor ex ist an hour without her magic bag. `whose whole lives are spent in shifting from place to place. w as ready to start. but finding herself deserted.' With honest pride I introduced my wife to my bridge. and hammocks. Fritz and his mother led the van. without downright cruelty to animals. I agreed to do my best to please her. nor did she now object even to this noisy addition to her load. and effect their journ eys more quickly and conveniently than we are likely to do with these deliberate quadrupeds of ours. They for that reason are called Nomads. one of these had also a rider. and placed on the cow. I suspect your mother a nd I will be quite satisfied with one such undertaking.The greatest activity instantly prevailed in our camp. while pack age after package was disposed on her broad back. until my wife recalled her pant ing sons.' said I. Some collected provision s. Jack conducted the goats. we pa ssed over it in grand procession. At least I hope she will be contended with the nest she intends me to build for her up in her wonderful trees. spreading sailcloth on them. with the appearance of having a small waggon on her back. whose patience was sorely tried by his restlessn ess and playful tricks. ropes. Great chasing. had . each well equipped and in the high est spirits. closing it carefully. arranging them as burdens for the cow and ass.' sa id Ernest. and his curly head rested on the precious magic bag. and. Having filled the tent w ith the things we left behind. and after receiving from h er what I considered well-merited praise for my skill in its construction. tied together. and. The perverse creature had obstinatel y resisted our attempts to bring her with us. and I brought up the rear of this patriarch al band. `These tribes are amply provided with camels and horses. this mode of live is natural. and they rapidly became quiet. Franz was firmly seated on the ass. My wife pleaded for a seat on the latter for her little Franz. put the fowls in darkness. we were finally ready to be off. soon deco yed the fowls and pigeons into the enclosure. and some other Eastern nations. I placed a couple of half-hoops over all. but with no success whatever. they rose about him like cushions and pillows. they were easily caught. Tartars. which surmounted all the rest. `Among the Arabs. Whatever you young folks may think. fluttering an d cackling ensued. others packed kitchen utensils. without any wish to settle. `We seem delightfully like those simple and pastoral tribes I have read of. for Knips the monkey w as seated on his foster-mother. and ranging chests and cask s around it. The sheep were under Ernest's care. amidst bags and bundles of all sorts and si zes. This amiable and phlegmatic animal had stood calmly chewing the cud. and the cow. Franz (the young cavalier).' `Yes. and assuring me likewise that she could not possibly leave the poultry.

' `Were you not afraid.' said he. both our dogs suddenly left us. the creature. mother! Here's a jolly beast. her entire disapproval of our proceedings. following by howling as if in fear and violent pain. isn't it? I shot it. It cannot be such a disagreeable enemy to encounter as this fellow. and. open sands we were making good way.' asked I. but it also tempted the animals to break away from us. Before I could come up with them. ran off. and then giving way to a burst of boyish exultation. `called the tuft-tailed porcupine. and fastening one corner round its neck. testifying in the most unmistakable manner. when to my annoyance. `why look at your mother! She is drawing five or six spines out of each of the dogs!' `Ah. S undry attempts resulted in bloody fingers. with a rattling noise. with a pocket pistol in hi s hand. `I know well enough that is nothing but a fable!' `A fable!' said I. its ears and feet . we might have lost several of them. like a bunch of narrow strips o f parchment. and it's good to eat ! Father says so! I only wish you had seen how it terrified the dogs. but with caution. dragging it after him to where his mother awaited us. Not for a moment doubting that some dangerous animal was at hand. as before. and heard the rattling and rustling of its spines. On the firm. while we were looking at the curious defense this cre ature was making.followed of her own accord. till Jack. Jack. and drew back. Somewhat to my amusement. taking his pocket-handkerc hief. a nd a scaly tail ending in an extraordinary tuft. Fritz cocked his gun and advanced boldly. for not only did t he rank grass impede our progress. but for our watchful dogs. and having atte mpted to seize it. Ernest looked disco ncerted. and seem very slightly fixed in its skin. `Hullo. turn down to the sea beach. It has short flat quills. and springing into the thick cover to our right. Those are the shortest quills. little Jack stepped close up to it. The lon . w hich must be even more curious-looking than this is. by angry grunts and squeals. I soon found we must. and pointed out the curious crest of stif f hairs on its head and neck. Each time they c ame near. This it was not by any means easy to do. examining it carefully. those stuck into them when they so fiercely fell upon it in their attack. bristled up its spines. Oh. the dogs were rushing round and round a porcupine. it is a fearful creature!' Ernest. while Jack hurried after Fritz wi thout so much as unslinging his gun from his shoulders. making sure of it by a couple of hearty raps on the he ad. remarking as I went the characteristic behaviour of my three older so ns. `lest the porcupine should cast some of h is quills like darts at you?' `Of course not. he called upon us to he lp to convey his prize to his mother. were already severely wounded by its quills. but got ready to fire. `I have read of another species. I hastened to the spot. and shot it dead. commenc ed a furious barking.' returned he. pronounced its incisor teeth. I heard Jack shouting excitedly: `Father! Father! Come quickly! A huge porcupine! A most enormous porcupine!' Sure enough. to resemble those of the human race.

but presently two shots were fired.' `The skin of the seal. and willing to please him. and adde d it to the donkey's load. and he appeared holding a fine tiger-cat by the hind legs. wrapping it in several folds of cloth. father. father. And my wife gladly heard me say that if an abode could be contrived among the branches. `that God should create hurtful animal s like this.' said I. please.g quills bent aside when Juno pressed against them. `and in its own element that creature preys on fish as the dog did on land animals before his race became domesticated by man. I made a somewhat awkward bundle of the porcupine.' remarked Ernest. and we sat down to rest among the so ft herbage while we laid our plans for the night. for instance. But now. my boy. The wonderful appearance of the enormous trees. It is to be hoped he has left no c ompanion near at hand. `Our cocks and hens would have had an unfortunate night of it but for this lucky shot of yours.' `To our feeble and narrow vision many of the ways of the Infinite and Eternal M ind are incomprehensible. `It is. Fritz!' cried I. and arcti c foxes. it is good to eat!' Smiling at the child's eagerness. he exhibi ted to each in turn. which. the skins of bears.' `You are perfectly right. with little interruption. let us be content to acknowledge as the workings of Almighty power and wisdom. when I luckily having a loaded pistol. It was severely wounded. what sort of cat it is. fully came up to the enthusiastic description which had been given to me. but. wild cats. What beautiful and warm furs are procured by hunters just in those countries where no other covering would defend the inhabitants fro m the wintery cold!--As. `I went softly ro und the tree with my gun.' I replied. But now. or sea dog.' `How curious it seems.' said Ernest.' said he. were it not higher than we. by tying their fore-feet loosely together." which. wolverines. would afford no sense of security to the immortal soul. You must be on the look-out. and the calm beauty of the spot altogether. until we came in sight of our future place of residence. and making sure the creature was a wild cat I fired an d brought it down. it attempted to climb the tree. it would be the safest and most charming home in the world. was continue d steadily. `That animals should prey upon one another is a means of preserving a due balan ce in the world of nature.' . shall we leave this prickly booty of yours. or attempt to take it with us?' `Oh. We hastily unloaded the ass and cow. Fritz soon left us.' `Observing that something moved among the branches. which. tell us how you obtained your prize. with the intensest delight. is also valuable. Fri tz. and thankfully trust in that "Rock. Our party then resumed the march. as well as the sheep and go ats. rising in a fury. gave it a quietus. `What our limited reason cannot grasp. and many others. `there is no truth in the old idea o f shooting out the spines. securing them. The doves and poultry were set at liberty.' I replied. `Well done. let us take it! Why. And do tell me.

seeing me examining that under which we were encamping. I am well pleased that you have rid us of it. `Is not the leaf something like a walnut?' `There is a resemblance. may be used for packing needles. They may fall in with foe s more dangerous than any we have yet seen.' replied the little boy. the very thing!' shouted Jack in high glee. was stripping it from the carcase. and of the handsome black and yellow tail.' `May I have the beautiful skin. `What have you got there? Don't it. `It belongs to a fierce and blood-thirsty race--that of the ocelo ts or tiger-cats. and also the pecu liarity of the arching roots supporting the main trunk raised above the soil. I fanc y the paws might be made famous cases for knife. natives of the tropical parts of America. `I have seen p ictures of boar-hunts. Very likely it is poisonous! Spit it all out this And his anxious mother quickly extracted from the rosy little mouth the of a small fig. father.' `I think its feet may make cases also. The skin of the body you had better preserve until you fin d some suitable use for it. `Do tell me some good use for m y porcupine. I am sure.' `Oh.' Just then little Franz came up with a large bundle of sticks. whatever you do. you may try. not only of our poultry. but in my opinion these gigantic trees must be mangrov es or wild figs. what a splendid plan!' cried Jack. pap a!' . make a hunting-belt for yourself. `Th ey taste very nice. That will be grand!' After giving this advice. while Franz gathered sticks. The quills. fork and spoon.' said I. `Oh. at least. father? And will you tell me what will be the b est use to make of it?' `I advise you to skin the animal very carefully.' `To be sure. I have heard their enormous height described. `There are thousands lying among the grass yonder. `What sort of tree do you suppose this to be. and I should try to make defensive armour for the dogs out of the rest. and look well h anging from the belt. I got no peace until I had shown my boys how to act u pon it. Do you think they will hurt me? The pigeons and the hens are gobbling them up with all their might and main. bu t also of our sheep and goats. meanwhile. father. and his mouth ful l of something he was eating with evident satisfaction. `Where did you find this?' said I. mother!' cried he. and for tipping arrows. I should say this wa s a margay. and in a short time each had his prize fastened up by the hind legs. father?' inquired Ernest. and carefully slitting the skin. was fetching large flat stones in order to form a fire-place . I thought poison was nasty. The paws--let me see--why. in which the dogs were protected by a sort of leather coa t of mail. as his mother was anxious to prepare some food.`It is a mercy the brute did not fly at your throat instead of attempting to es cape. and as it would have proved a cruel foe. `this is so good! So delicious!' `Greedy swallow minute!' remains little boy!' exclaimed she in a fright. Ernest.

we made a temporary tent. with stones placed on them to keep them beneath the surface. turning to the other boys. never mind how good it seems. which would at le ast keep off the night damps and noxious insects. The branches spread at a great height above us. Knips! Yo u know a good thing when you see it. allow me to present you with a fig!' cried Jack. and then began to look about for some slight reeds to serve as arrows. who was closely watching the skinning of the tiger-cat and porcu pine. We examined the different trees. and I made the boys try if it were possible to throw sticks or stones over one of these. formed an arched roof. you must never e at anything without first showing it to me. Ernest at length pointed out a quantity of bamboos half buried in the sand. and after turning it about.' I said. and stripping them of their leaves I cut them into lengths of about five feet each. When dinner was over. which. Finding we could not succeed in that way. I resolved other schemes in my mind. and sniffing and smelling it . . I first slung our hammocks from the roots of the tree. I employed myself in contriving needles for my wife's work. while we reserved the rest for roasting. and ran to offer them to Knips. but could not attempt to begin that while so many wants more pressing demanded attention. `Here. But remember.`I think you have no cause for alarm. holding one out to the funny little creature. I also laid plans for making proper harness for our beasts of burden. which pleased her immensely. Knips took it readily. who instantly taking the hint. with such a droll grimace of delight and satisfac tion that the boys all laughed and clapped their hands. nothing but rough driftwood was to be seen. which I did by means of a red hot nail. where I showed them how to place the skins to steep and soften in the water. Franz. and chose one which seemed most suited to our purpose. Knips. I prepared our night quarters. if possible. and meantime went with Jack and Fritz to a small brook close by. and I soon had a nice packet of various sizes.' added I. `If birds and monkeys eat a fruit or vegetable. `The trees seem to be the fig-bearing mangrove of the Antilles. now continued h er preparations for dinner. he popped it into his mouth. my intention b eing to construct a rope ladder if we could once succeed in getting a string acr oss a strong bough. These were exactly what I wanted. it is usually safe to believe i t wholesome. by boring holes at one end of the quills. don't you. old fellow! Hurrah!' My wife. the n covering the whole with sailcloth. whose s trength I intended to employ the following day in drawing the beams up to our tr ee. The flesh of the margay was given to the dogs. I walked down with Fritz and Ernest to the beach to look for wood suitable f or building our new abode and also to discover. coaxed Franz to give them the figs he still had in his pocket. Leaving my wife engaged in making a set of harness for the ass and cow. apparently giving his opinion on the subject with much chattering and gest iculation. some light rods to form a ladder. meeting above us. these I bound in bundles to carry to the tree. with her mind set at rest on the question of the figs. ut terly unfit for our purpose. but part of the porcupine was pu t on the fire to boil. dear wife. For some time we hunted in vain. crying `Bravo.

chased the bird and. While I was thus employed my sons were endeavouring to ascertain the height of the lowest branch of the tree from the ground. which had been quietly feed ing. like t hose of a stork. from beautiful rose to pure white. while yours is younger. Earth.I presently saw what I required in a copse at a little distance.' . but soon found that progress was impossible on the marsh. fish. `the flamingo will not eat grain like our poultry.' I said. rose in the air. `Yes. seizing it. for it made off across the swampy ground.' remarked Fritz. `this is a full-grown bird. I then bound them together and returned to my family. which though hurt was not broken. but wi ll be quite satisfied with insects. however. with its help the altitude of the highest mountains are ascertained. the rest of the squadron sailing away in perfect order. as you say. I procured some wine and butter and anointing the wing.' Fritz and Ernest then carried the birds and bamboos to the tree. In a fe w days the wound was healed. ` It is another mouth to feed. if it is young and tender. it should make a delicious roast. as she did so a flock of flamingos. air. Pray reassure yourself. we may. and let me see to the poor bird 's wound. easily find the height of that branch. it is equally at home i n any one of the three. which it will pick u p for itself. knowing that they were ha rder. and then took the bird to the stream where I fastened it by a long cord to a stake and left it to shift for itself. and provisions are still scarce. `Do you mean to keep this great hungry bird Fritz has brought?' said my wife.' `Its plumage is much more brilliant than that of the dead one. became rap idly tame.' `Luckily. `Is it much hurt? Let us tame it and le t it run about with the fowls. I bound it up.' said Ernest. while I procee ded to cut my reeds. Fritz and Erne st were delighted at the sight of our prize. `What a handsome bird!' exclaimed they. I attempted to follow. subdued by kind treatment. We advanced ca utiously lest the thicket should contain some wild beast or venomous serpent. See what long active legs it has. as altern ately their snowy wings and rosy breasts were visible. my boys. Fritz instantly firing brought a couple of the birds to th e ground. They had fastened together the lo ng reeds I had brought with them. I chose those which had flowered. but the other appeared only slightl y wounded in the wing. it is s ome years before they reach perfection. I selected one or two of th e tallest canes I could find to assist me in measuring the height of the tree. their plumage continually changing. Juno. as they flew. Geometry will simplify the operation considerably. `let us take the dead one to mother and get her to introduc e it to the other element and see what it will make of that.' I replied. but i n vain.' So saying. `Hello. `that is not the way to set to work. and the bird. while with its great webbed feet it can swim faster than a goos e. and having cut a sufficient quantity of these. speedily brought it to my feet.' said Fritz. they soon found that were the rods ten times their length they could not touch the branch. Ju no rushed ahead. or water is all the same to the flamingo. therefore. therefor e. when I discovered what they were about. remember. and were trying to measure the distance.' `Well. and little crabs. One of those which fell was perfectly dead.

whose length I knew. Elizabeth. while Jack fixed each end with a nail driven through the wood.' said I. When the ladder was finished. `as he is the lightest. and finding the boys rather in my way. `I am going to fire the first shot. It w as admirably suited to our purpose. and imaginary line s. I then made other preparations that there might be no delay on the morrow.' Jack. told them to go down while I proceeded to fasten the pulley to a stout branch above me. Telling Fritz to collect all our cord. a nd. and begged to have the pleasure of firing the first shot. I hauled it up. hurrah for our jolly nest! What a grand house we will have up here. m y boy. who was as active as a monkey. and do not break your neck. no!' said I. the arrows are pointless. Fritz!' His brother was soon by his side. I measured out a certain distance from the base of the tree and mark ed the spot. I sat down and taking the reeds. these we stretched on the ground side by side. I passed them through knots which I had prepared in the ropes. the branches were very strong and so closely interwoven that no beams would be required to form a flooring. `Jack shall have the honour. I calculated the angle subtended by the trunk of the tree from the ground to the root of the branch. to the astonishment of the younger children.So saying. I now called for a pulley. I fixed the lower end of the ladder firmly to the ground by means of stakes. sprang up the ladder and quickly gained th e top. The boys who had been watching me with intense interest were each eager to be first. and with a hammer and nails secured the ladde r yet more securely. speedily manufactured half a dozen ar rows and feathered them from the dead flamingo. The ar row flew upwards and bore the thread over the branch and fell at our feet. boys. she drew out the very thing I want ed. then Fritz cut the bamboos into pieces of two feet for the steps of the ladder. `I think that a ball of thread was the first thing to enter the bag. This done. `No. Now for the rope ladder! Fritz had obtained two coils of cord each about forty feet in length. come along. `Hurrah. so up with you. a few planks would be quite sufficient . I carried over th e bough a rope by which it might be hauled up. ben t it and strung it so as to form a bow.' and I fastened one en d of the thread to one of my arrows and aimed at a large branch above me. and then by means of a rod. which my wife fastened to the cord hanging beside th e ladder. I was able to discover the height required. and as he handed them to me. but when some of the boughs were lopped and cleared away.' I continued to my wife. and the others to roll all the twine int o a ball.' I said. When the boys saw what I had done they w ere delighted. This I wanted to know. and a bright moon . that I might cons truct a ladder of the necessary length.' and diving her hand deep in. waving his cap. announced that we should hencef orth live thirty feet above the ground. `Now. `Three cheers for the nest!' he exclaimed. `c an you supply me with a ball of stout thread from your wonderful bag?' `Certainly. `I did not make this for mere pleasure. hurrah. nor is it even intend ed as a weapon. I followed with an axe. I then took a strong bamboo. This done. and all was ready for an ascent. and took a survey of the tree. Thus was the first step in our undertaking accomplished.' replied she. that we might be able to haul up the beams we should require the next day.

and on the steps of our ladder. high above me. I reached the ground.having arisen. and ourselves lay down. To the larger beams we harnessed the cow and ass. I congratulated her upon her success. but to my surprise found that the two boys were not there . cheese. butter . after which we went down to the beach.' said she at length. They now j oined us. On a cloth spread out upon the grass were arranged a roast shoulder of porcupin e. and the pigeons and fowls having retired to roost on th e neighbouring trees. in spite of the novelty of the hammocks. Fritz and I then ascended the tree. we cleared t he floor from leaves and chips. while my wife arranged supper on the table we had made. and dispersed to our various occupations. and I have been following his directions. while we ourselves dragged up the remainder. Then again I climbed into my hammock. chattering and mimicking our . My wife milked the goats and cow. The children. and had bee n sitting in silent admiration of the moonlight scene. were quickly asleep. and then at length descended. a thousand anxious thoughts presented them selves. and we then sat down to supper. a delicious bowl of soup made from a piece of the same animal. and then throwing the sailc loth over the higher branches. These we arran ged side by side on the foundation of boughs. In vain I tried to follow their example. The night wore on. Having done this ample justice. and towards morning fel l asleep. and my wife showed me the results of her labour. they had. and finished the preparation s I had begun the night before. `come and taste flamingo stew. We then hauled up our hammocks and bedding and slung them from the branches we had left for that purpose. `Come. we collected our cattle. while the front was left open to admit the fresh sea breeze which blew directly in. A moment afterwards. leaving a few about six feet from the floor. A few hours of daylight still remaining. Our house w as thus enclosed on three sides. The fowls g athered round us to pick up the crumbs. She had made two comp lete sets of harness. and I was still awake. Fritz and I flung ourselves on the grass. and by this means Fritz and I hauled them up. while we gave the animals their food. and the tame flamingo joined them. and tell me how you like it. My wife made fast the planks to a rope passed through the block I had fixed to the bough above us. while I was busy. They had not been seen. and then descended to fashion a table and a few benches from the remainder of the wood. and biscuits. to collect more wood for our building operations. while Master Knips skipped about from one to the other. Ernest assured me that it would be much better stewed than roasted. we made up a glorious fire to keep off any prowling wild beasts. forming a most tempting repast. and other s still higher. and I rose and replenished it with dry fuel. Instead of descending. Early next morning we were astir. I by its light continued working until I was quite worn out. we drew it down and firmly nailed it. climbed upwards. for amongst the topmost boughs I heard their young voices raised in the eveni ng hymn. however. the fire burned low. for behind the great trunk protected us. and round this platform built a bulwark of planks. and as quickly as I dispelled them others rose in their place. all anxiety was dispelle d. so as to form a smooth solid floor . After working like slaves all day. all useless boughs we lopped off.' Laughing at the idea of Ernest turning scientific cook we sat down. to support a temporary roof of sailcloth. from which we might sling our hammocks.

and swinging to and fro. and we'll climb about the tree and have f un all day. for though she had originated the idea o f building a nest.' `Rest?' repeated they. and. and there is nothing else to do. `that is not the way you are accustomed to spend the Lord's day. Ernest and Jack were up in a moment. the sow appeared shortly after. `but we must contrive to make it of use. and. To my wife's joy." This is the seventh day. slowly ascended. `What do you want us to do.' `Must you really go again to that dreadful wreck?' said my wife shuddering. and was presented with all th e milk that remained from the day's stock that she might be persuaded to return every night.' `What. leaving the dogs on guard below. no clergyman and no organ. We and the chickens must go to roost.' I replied. Then for the first time we stood all together in our new home. `this surplus milk is really of no use to us.' said my wife.' said I. Chapter 4 Next morning all were early awake. with a greater sense of security than I had enjoyed since we landed o n the island.' `We can worship here as well as at home. I won't do any work. is it really Sunday?' said Jack. taking little Franz on my back.' `That is not resting. `Yo u have no idea how anxious I am when you are away there. `rest.' I replied. therefore. I let go the fastenings which secured the lower end of the ladder to the ground.gestures continually. ascended the ladd er. `on it . `What shall we begin to do. `For. Come.' `Go we must.' said I. . she yet hesitated to entrust herself at such a terrific heigh t from the ground.' `You are quite right. I am afraid. When she was safely landed in the house. to day?' `Rest.' `No! But then we can't go to church here. `How jolly! Oh. let us rest. bu t I'll take a bow and arrow and shoot.' I replied. The next time Fritz and I return to the wreck we will bring off a churn amongst the other things we require.' We lit our watch fires. father?' they cried.' I replied. and the children sprang about the tree like young monkeys. Fritz. my boys. `but not for a day or two yet. `Why should we rest?' `"Six days shalt thou labour and do all that thou hast to do. offered up our evening prayer. `But there is no church. and retired for the night. but on the sevent h. Their mother followed very cautiously. as it will b e sour before the morning in this hot climate. it i s getting late. thou shalt do no manner of work.' said Franz. I drew up the la dder.

' returned I. molded their future lives to the wil l of the Great King (now revealed in a character even more gracious than before) . I will endeavor to give the children some seri ous thought. was bound to cherish in his soul the spirit of love and true allegiance to his Sovereign.' I s aid. she drew from it a co py of the Holy Scriptures.' My wife entirely agreed with my proposal. `there will we worship our Creator. slipped down the ladder. as we sat in the pleasant shade on the fresh. and by means of a parable. the family as sembled round me. Come. possessed within its boundaries a desolate and unfruitful island. your words reproach me. we cannot keep them quiet the whole day. therefore I shal l allow them to pursue any innocent recreation they choose. soft grass. boys. `A message of pardon--of free forgiveness--was nevertheless accorded to these r ebels. pressed simply and ea rnestly home to each young heart the truths I sought to teach. father?' `Ah. I then.' said Franz. but each. afterward. After singing some hymns and offering heartfelt prayers to the Almighty Giver o f all good.' The children. `While eagerly strivin g to procure from the ship would feed our bodies and provide for their comfort. `That a discontented and rebellious spirit should ever have infected these fort unate subjects of so loving a master. humbly accepting it. `My dear Elizabeth. and the noble st virtues exalted and rendered happy the existence of every member of the race. without books. This spot he made the object of his special care. was held out the promise of removal at last from among the ruins caused by the great rebellion. with a short . one by one. and total separation f rom the parent kingdom seemed inevitable. `When can we hear you read out of the Bible again.' said I. the fair prospects of the colony we re blighted. it bloomed in beauty.' Having interested the children. `Oh. down with you: turn our din ing hall into a breakfast room. `this morning we will devote to the service of the Lord. my little boy. but. and. ruling in power and splendor over a vast realm of light and love . or the possibility of any of the usual Sunday o ccupations.`The leafy shade of this great tree is far more beautiful than any church.' At these words my wife arose. and in the cool of t he evening we will take a walk. and fetching her magic bag. yet it was so. I am pretty sure to find one. and became the happy reside nce of a band of colonists. I told the children I would relate to them a parable instead of prea ching a sermon. I spoke as follows: `A Great King. the labours of the colonists were unblessed. the colony flourished. which I thankfully received from her hand. and having breakfasted. seems incredible. and. leaving allegory. disobedie nce and pride brought misery and punishment. that would be delightful! I like the parables in the Bible better than any thing. lavishing on it all the varied resour ces of his might and goodness. `While this faithful union was maintained. I sha ll search for a Bible on my next return to the wreck: although our own books wer e nearly all destroyed. the word of God. and to all who. individually. I blush to think that I have neglected the Bread of Life. to the glory and undimmed splendor of the realm of Light and B lessedness. and after reading aloud from its sacred pages. who were charged not only with the cultivation and i mprovement of the soil.

my boy. By this time Jack had pointed a good supply of arrows. to complete his equipment. I took some arrows. and looking up. bent on conquest. for instance. and then a string. we were summoned to dinner. fitting a flat side and a bottom to it. wasn't it?' Then slipping down the ladder. `For. "the lit tle island at the mouth of our bay. no. `Well hit! Well hit! A good shot. It was easily done by stripping a piece of bark from a small tree. I do not like to hear you ridicule yo ur little brother's idea. like an innocent little Cupid. where we found the dead shark". and picking up the birds. as his mother said.prayer for a blessing on my words. and I had to invent that also. he brought them to me.' said I. it was probable that they would soon flock in numbers to our trees. and so on. the other a small dove called the ortolan. and inserting a sharp spine at one end of each reed made it fast with pack-thread. `Shall I run an d ask for a cake of it?' `No. After a thoughtful pause. What shall we call it?' . we shall feel much more at home if we can tal k as people do in inhabited countries: instead of saying. and each employed himself as he felt di sposed. and began to wish for glue to en sure its remaining firm. to be sure. and esteem ed a very great delicacy on account of its exquisite flavour. the youthful hunter filled it with arrows and went off.' While thus directing and assisting my sons. but the young man next demanded a quiver. `it will become more and more troublesome to explain what we mea n. and expected to be left in peace. Jack! Mamma's soup is as sticky as anything!' cried Franz. by placing them. we separated. looking. we might provide ourselves with valuable food for the rainy season. and all right willingly obeyed the call. `and the soup would scarcely hav e answered your purpose. One was a kind of thrush. During the meal I interested the boys very much by proposing to decide on suita ble names for the different spots we had visited on this coast. we beheld Ernest among the branches. we were surprised by hearing a shot just over heads. brought the service to a close. and by wai ting until we could procure them in large quantities. Besides which. across which we made the bridge". I finished the bow and arrows for Franz. he cried. Jack assisted with the arrow-making.' said I. at the same moment two small birds fell dead at our feet. when half cooked. Not long after this.' `There he will find glue. But Jack. "that wood where we found cocoanuts. "the large s tream near our tent. As the figs on which these birds came to feed were only just beginning to ripen . and industriously practi sed archery. `Oh. and caught the monkey". Some of the most valuable discoveries have been the re sult of thoughts which originally appeared no wiser than his. unless we do so. as bending his face joyfully to wards us. Let us begin by naming the bay in which we landed. Franz came to beg me make a little bow and arrow for him to shoot with. little goose! Better look for some real glue in the tool-box. Attach ing it to his shoulders. while F ritz asked my advice about the tiger-cat skin and the cases he was to contrive f rom it. and endeavoured to point them with porcupine quills. in casks with melted lard or butter poured over them.

`in memory of the old fellow who took a fan cy to my leg!' `I think. while protected by armour at once defensive and off ensive. their irregular course. I and my three el der sons each carrying a gun and game-bag. of the whole party. and Jack asked my assistance in carrying out his plan of making a c uirass for Turk. and Jack. seated himself. I proposed an expedition to Tentholm. skipped on her back. concluded our geographical nomenclature.' This name met with general approbation. and got out of his way so fa st as she could. the eminence we first ascended. she. but when he saw him arrayed apparently in a new skin. After thoroughly cleansing the insid e.' observed his mother. and chattering vociferously he bounde d towards Juno. and soon appeared perfectly reconciled to the change of steed. the grimace he made was most comical. and J uno keeping at a respectful distance from so formidable a companion. It was some time before the serious question of a name for our leafy castle could be d ecided. Their mother and I walked together.' said Fritz. and touching him with one paw. looke d like a couple of young savages. ab andoning them. retiring to rest with peaceful hearts. In the afternoon the boys went on with their various employments. he approached him carefully. we closed our Sabbath day with prayer and a glad hymn of praise. Flamingo Marsh. he walked sedately by my side. considered himself entitled to accompany us. We left the tree well armed. while little Franz was equipped with his bow and quiver full of arrows. however.' cried Jack. and Jackal River. we were preceded b y the dogs Turk armed most effectually with his cuirass of porcupine skin. in token of gratitude for our escape. and we then rapidly named the f ew remaining points: Prospect Hill. Cape Disappo intment. Other names were quickly chosen. and. carried a jar in which to get butter from Tentholm. t he islet in the bay. The flamingo saw us starting. no!--Lobster Bay.`Oyster Bay. from whose rocky heights we had strained our eyes in vain search for ou r ship's company. and a most singular figure he cut! Juno strongly objected to his friendly approaches. Amid these interesting occupations the evening drew on. discovered that such a hide would make anything but an agreeable s eat. following first one and then another as they explored the wood o n either side. he was armed with this ingenious coat of mail. I determined to make also a helmet for Jack out of the remainder of the skin. we cut and fitted it round the body of the patient dog. we should call it Safety Bay. and was forthwith fixed upon. and it was clear that he would easily put to flight the fierces t animal he might encounter. for some time he kept besid e the children. out of the porcupine skin. which to his infinite delight I speedily did. `No. saying I wished to make my way thither by a different route. and after a pleasant wa lk among the sweet glades near our abode. and the reedy swamp. and. as a name for the large stream at our landin g place. A most curious party we formed: Fritz adorned with his belt of margay skin. at length disgusted him. having been much petted during the last day or two. Shark's Island. Our first place of abode we called Tentholm. `that. being the only one unarmed. then when strings wer e sewn on. Fritz finishe d his cases. Master Knips fully intended to mount his charger as usual. Next morning. But finally it was entitled Falconhurst. . and it became tolerably dry. with his extraordinary headdress.

' said I. and filled h is game-bag with the roots. surrounded by luxuriant ferns. by loving them and doing what we can to please them?' `You are quite right. and bless us for Jesus Christ's sake. O Lord. We crossed and entere d the tall grass on the other side. we reached the head of our streamlet. at all events.We strolled on in the cool evening air. `Franz did not say all that was necessary . so thick and tangled were the reeds. spread out before us. smiling. and with sparkling eyes. "We thank thee. sufficiently?' `Oh.' said Jack.' said Jack. with the potato we shall never starve. for all thy goodness and mercy. heavily laden. So delighted were we w ith the discovery.' said Franz. In his hand he held a plant.' he gasped out. to cook and taste our new acquisi tion. `not to have discovered s uch a great field."' As we thus talked.' remarked Jack. pouch and pocket was filled. where it fell from the rocks above in a beautiful. `can we thank the Giver of all these blessings. he dug up. brilliant . was a great tract of groun d.' said Jack. with hands and knife. intent on exploration.' So saying." and not to show that we were really thankful. `Potatoes! Potatoes. Presently I heard a joyful shout. `acres and acres of potatoes!' `My dear Ernest. and t he light clear-green bulbous roots. and we continued our march.' `Perhaps not. The boys roamed ahead of me.' `But come and look at them. `It would have been rather difficult. a number of plants. Rich tropical vegetation flourished on every side: the tall stately palms. and. and scratching away with his paws most cleverly. Some wished to return at once to Falconhurst. the landscape was most lovely.' said I. covered with the precious plant. but delig hted.' said Fritz. splashing cascade. We forced our way through with difficulty. for there was no mistaking the flower and leaf. `How. he should have added. "Give me grace to do Thy will.' `Very likely."' `That would not be sufficient. `we can say. The monkey followed his example. Beyond this. but this I overruled. followed by his brothers. that we stopped not digging until every bag. `Do you think it would be enough ju st to say to father and mother: "Thank you for all you do. Amen. sparkling. he held it up to me. and saw Ernest running at full speed towards me. panting for brea th. father. I'll have the honour of being the first to get a supply of the m. to the honour of the discovery. `but I doubt if you would have discover ed that it was a potato field. `you are quite welcome. and so eager were we to possess a large supply of the roots. `come and feast your eyes on thousands of potatoes.' replied Ernest. Fritz. and to obey Thee in all t hings. following the course of the stream.' said I. `Yes. soon had a heap beside him.' We hurried to the spot: there. `you have indeed made a discovery.

Can they be cochineal?' He handed me the fig. * At this point the author seems to assume that pineapples grow on trees. While they were thus employed. if you please. and I cannot sh ake them off.' `That is an Indian fig. and we re galed ourselves upon the fruit. the Indian pea and. and attempted to gather some of the fruit. `is the use of all these other prickly plants. alo e. they emitting a spark. except t o annoy one? Here. and presented them to my wife. laid the pith upon a stone. and that if they became ill. that my wife had to caution them that there were no doctors on our territory. loaded the breath of the evening breeze with their rich perfume. still holding it upon the skewer. The rest followed my example. `are these little red insects? They cling all over the fruit. I then drew some of the threads fr om the leaves. jasmine and sweet-scented vanilla. he returned.' `Try it. I struck a couple of pebbl es over it. `What'. I believe. `here is something of far more value than your pinea pples. the pith caught fire. and showing Knips what they and graceful creepers. which we found excellent. `Come here. they sent him after the ripest and best fruit. how would you have made a fire wit hout matches. seemed to have small effect on my sons. and so eagerly did they fall to. the sharp thorns defied his efforts. `but. I examined the other shrubs and bushes. you had been wrecked here.' Master Jack was off in a moment when he heard of a new delicacy. but in vain. bruised. form an invaluable salve. I removed the thorns from his hands. boys. . or flint and steel?' `As the savages do.' said Fritz. while the leaves themselves. the regal p ineapple*. Ernest.' I said. Do you see that plant with long pointed leaves and beautiful red flower? That is the karatas. the prickly cactus. `Suppose.' replied he. They do not. Its juice is used. presentl y. try it when you have a whole day before you. for I am certain it would be night before you accomplished the feat. and making a sharp wooden skewer. The boys were delighted with the pineapple. however. for most of its nourishment is derived from the air. a nd with bleeding hands and rueful countenance. and. `But what. Ernest carefully examined the fig he was eating.' and I broke a dry twig from the karatas. above all. But see here. I thrust it into a fig. This advice.' said I. while its fruit is pleasant and wholesome. The filaments of the leaves make capital thread. for instance. and quickly twisted it from its branch and split it open with a knife. and I examined it attentively. `It grows best on dry. Among th ese I presently noticed one which I knew well from description to be the karatas .' I said. they would have to cure themselves as best they might. The boys were delighted with the experiment. shooting up amidst them. medici nally. and no other work to be done. he exclaimed. The pith of this wonderful plant may be used either for tinder or bait for fish. `I would rub two pieces of wood together until they kindled. is a disagreeable little tree. rocky ground. and peeling off the bark.

`You are quite right. but there will be plenty of time afterwards. though it is worth its weight in gold to European traders. do not laugh at my laziness! Indeed I mean to cure myself of it. and carefully closing the door of our tent. `I don't believe they will know what shot to use at first. however. left so long alone. pleased with the idea of an expedition while the others stil l slept. I daresay. While Jack and he were thus busily employed catching and tying the rebels toget her by the feet. we re shy. Then.' `Why not. which I expected to find useful in bringing back our load. and. then with a little skilful manoeuvring he drew them on shore. and we made our way to the beach. `there is no doubt this is the real coch ineal. I opened the butter cask from which my wife filled her pot. Ernest at length hit upon an ingenious plan. and Jack and Ernest ran down to the beach to capture the geese and ducks. `The most learned naturalist would be much puzz led with many of these trees. `but we will take a lot of it when we go home again . who have never seen any of them before. and make a kind of sle labour of fetching what we wanted from our stores at Tentholm m heavily on ourselves. This bait he thre w into the water. established them on the stream. I intended to shoot some more of the ortolans this morning. who drew a large broad bough. As we went along. father. it is of little use to us. for the birds.' said Jack. and know them merely by description. on account of the great height and thickness of the branches and foliage. mi lk and butter. This they found no easy matter. which we packed upon Turk's back. taking with us the donkey. Fritz saw after the ammunition. i that it would be well to get some of it. pray?' inquired I.' `No. we ascended our tree and turned in. the properties of such shrubs as I did know.' I said at length. my boy. Everything was safe.' Discussing. we at length reached Tentholm. we procured a fresh supply of salt. clipping their wings to prevent their leaving us . started homewards by the sea -shore. After a little stretching and yawning. besides. they w ill most likely shoot upwards at the birds and be sure to miss them. and we set to work to collect what we wan ted. first relieving him of his coat of mail. but I don't expect they will have any great luck. forms the most lovely scarlet dye. The birds we fastened to our gam e-bags. `Oh.' And they thereupon plied me ince ssantly with questions concerning every plant and shrub we passed. Having remarked t occurred to me dge. I am afraid. and nothing would induce them to come on shore and be caught. However. Now let us find something more useful to us. we once more reached our woodland ab ode. and tied them to long strings. `Stop. so that the ight not fall so a great deal of driftwood on the sands the preceding evening. The boys will be shooting at them. He took some pieces of cheese. he got up cheerfully. The cochineal. stop. you know. unless any of you care to appear in gay colou rs. and. I am very glad to go with you. and the hungry ducks instantly made a grab at it. after a delicious supper of potatoes. wishing to encourage him to ov ercome his natural fault of indolence. After a cheerful and pleasant walk. cannot pretend to tell you the names.' I said. I awoke early and roused Ernest as my assistant. thank you. I remarked to Ernest that I supposed he was rather sorry for himself.' . I released the birds. and grudged leaving his cosy hammock and pleasant dreams at this untime ly hour. or expla in to you the use of one quarter of them. and I.

The boys exhibited an array of several dozen birds. as much p owder and shot would be expended if they fired on at this rate. a sked if I did not think some means of snaring them might be contrived. as w ell as observation. looking curiously at the chest. These are valuable. while Fritz and Ernest gave me substantial assistance in the manufacture of the new sledge. It was v ery desirable to increase our stock of these pretty birds. I desired the lads to lay asid e their guns for the present. went to watch him. Soon after this. and after submitting to her gentle reprimand. and I cautioned the b oys against shooting near our tree while they had nests there. and they seemed disposed to continue their sport. which were meant only to entrap the wild-fig-eaters. and the younger ones readily applied themselves to making snares of the long threads drawn from the leaves of the karatas in a sim ple way I taught them. The chest proved to be merely that of a common sailor. very much wetted by the sea water. Hereafter she determined to imprison the monkey every morning unt il the eggs had been collected. for selecting the wood I thought fit for my purpose.`Well. they by no means approv ed of the new order to economize on ammunition. and related.' Once on the seashore. wi th some help from us. but practise was making them perfect. which I allowed them to open. We hastened towards them. our work was quickly accomplished. the various incidents of failure and success which had attended their guns. Although my sons were interested in setting the snares. and also with reg ard to the snares. for hitherto the hens had not presented us with any eggs. with the addition of a small chest which I raised from among the sand which nearly co vered it. I explained my plan for a sledg e. and. but sudden action is so often necessary in life. as Jack was setting the newly made snares among the branches. which. and presently caught hi m in the act of eating a new-laid egg. These were very welcome to my wife. We heard the boys popping away at the birds as we drew near. We were busily at work. which he had carried off and hidden among the grass and roots. Presence of mind is a precious q uality. but Ernest remarking Master Knips slipping away. The cocks crowed defia ntly. They hastened to m eet us. that I advise you to cultivate the power of instantly perceiving and de ciding what must be done in cases of emergency. during breakfa st. assuring them that she could not use more birds than those already killed. while I asked my wife to excuse our `absence without leave '. you certainly possess the gifts of prudence and reflection. Ernest had rightly guessed the mistakes they would make. the hens fluttered and cackled in a state of the wildest excitement. the donkey dragged a very fair load of it homewards. when a tremendous disturbance among our fowls led us to suppose that a fox or wild cat had got into their midst. which pleased her greatly. as t hough conscious of some misdemeanour. . and inquired where we had been. may be acquired to a certain degree by all who train themselves to it. although natural in some characters. when their moth er. Entirely agreeing with this view of the subject. he discovered that a pair of our own pigeons were building in the tree. and on its way from Tentholm to Falconhurst. containing his clothes. Ernest. and she already imagined it loaded with her hogshe ad of butter. Ernest found several others. we laid it across the broad leafy branch.

No doubt they had been discussing this hardship. a barrel of cheese. that when we were ready to leave it and go in search of a good bathing-place. intervened between me and these cliffs. mixed cleverly together. and were preparing to roast them. `Papa. I could do nothing less than promise to go for her c ask directly after dinner.' His brothers burst into a roar of laughter.' said he. not only with the butter-cask. spitted in a row on a long. Then. she resolved in our absence to have a g rand wash of linen and other clothes. `now we have had our amusement. and a variety of other articles--ball. when the ropes of the donkey 's harness were attached to the raised points in front. I sent Ernest after them. or sledge. Early in the afternoon Ernest and I were ready to be off. cheerfull y took our departure. and went alone to the extremity of the bay. I had chosen wood which had been part of the bow of the vessel. any more than shot can be planted like peas and beans. tell the little fellow what gunpowder really is. `why should not we begin to plant some powder and shot immedia tely? It would be so much more useful than bare grain for the fowls. Our work had so closely engaged our attention. Ernest. It seemed somewhat wasteful to cook so many at once. we discovered that our two animals had wandered quite out of sight.' `It is not seed at all.' My carpentering meantime went on apace. and ros e abruptly so as to form an inaccessible wall of rock and crag. choosing the way by the sands. and she advised me to arrange regular bath s for all the boys in future. narrow sword blade. o vergrown with large canes.' said I. and I only now observed that the mother and her little boys had been busily plucking above two dozen of the wild birds. formed the sides of my sleigh. having crossed the bridge to reach the good pa sture beyond the river. Swampy ground.' Ernest explained. Franz. accompanied by Juno. and was curved in the necessary way for my purpose. sulphur and saltpetre. `Gunpowder is made of charcoa l. for little Franz came to me wi th a brilliant proposal of his own. but my wife explained that she was getting them ready for the butter-cask I was going to fetch for her on the new sledge. so you see it cannot be sown like corn. which had been left beh ind on our last visit. as I had advised her to preserve them half-cooked. tools and Turk's armour. My attention had been for some time wholly engrossed by my work. which extended into the deep water. There. Amused at her promptitude. belonging to one of our ship's officers. Two pieces. and packed in butter. I cut a large . but with a powder-chest. We harnessed both cow and ass to the sledge and. For her part. It termin ated in bold and precipitous cliffs. `Come. and I must confess I found it no ea sy matter to keep my countenance. perf ectly similar. and I simply united the se strongly by fixing short bars across them. unharnessing the animals. we began at once to load the sledge. and reaching Tentholm witho ut accident or adventure. the equipage was complet e and ready for use. Fritz presented us ea ch with a neat case of margay skin to hang at our girdles. shot. In order to shape my sledge with ends p roperly turned up in front.

went cautiously nearer. having paused. fired at the spot he had marked. father! I've caught a fish! An immense fellow he is. when I heard him loudly calling: `Father. I quickly took the rod from him. and so long. On coming back. while y take a bath in the sea. I again missed Ernest. we harnessed our beasts to the well-laden vehicle. while I went to bathe. and that the animal. the most singular-looking creature I ever beheld. while the cow and the ass. he drags the line so!' Hastening towards the spot.' returned he.bundle of the reeds. and I was delighted to think of t aking such a valuable prize to them. but missed. and plunging into the bushes. `This is charge of clean and ou go and capital. g razing at will. and were skirting the borders of a grassy thicket. We kept inland this time. led him by degr ees into shallow water. on a point of lan d close to the mouth of the stream. with the utmost composure. apparently in a sitting posture. but they seemed only half-grown while th e hind legs were enormous. I can scarcely hold him. Ernest. at the same time I observed that it is wrong to waste the pr ecious moments in sleep when duty has to be performed. that when upright on them the animal wou ld look as if mounted on stilts. and returned to Ernest. which was attempting to free itself from the hook. which was wanted at home. They won't pass the gap. or whether he had lain down somewhere to finish his nap. I then bid him go and col lect some salt. and giving the fish more line. It was as large as a sheep. was crouching among the grass. its skin also was o f a mouse-colour. For some time we stood silently wondering at the remarkable creature before us. `Why don't you mi nd your business? Look at the animals! They will be over the river again!' `No fear of that. and sleeping as sound as a top. I will pack it for the journey. . who was behind me. I attempted to shoot it as it passed. `Get up. Ernest. father. Ernest ran in with his hatchet and killed him.' I could not help laughing at the ingenious device by which the boy had spared h imself all trouble. It was some time before I found him. and with all his might keeping hold of a rod . were again making for the bridge. The f ore-paws resembled those of a squirrel. and seeing that the dog was puzzled. It was taking wonderful flying leaps. much refreshed. Ernest!' cried I. wh en Juno suddenly left us. and began to wonder whet her he was still gathering salt. commenced the journey home. and replacing the boards on the bridge. The extraordinary appearance of this creature surprised us very much. that it may arrive in good condition. `You have cleared yourself for once of the laziness! Let us now carry this splendid salmon to the sledge. observed its movements very coolly. much annoyed. `I have take n a couple of boards off the bridge. with fierce barking hunt ed out. and a tail like a tiger's. comfortably extended full length on the gr ound near the tent. and got o ver the ground at an astonishing rate. I saw the boy lying in the grass. its head was shaped like that of a mouse.' All this being accomplished. and shot it dea d. it had long ears like a hare. right in front of us. It proved to be a salmon of full fifteen pounds weight. The line was strained to the utmost by the frantic efforts of a very large fis h. you lazy fellow!' exclaimed I.

This is really ve ry like a jerboa. Vexed that so noble a prize had fallen t o Ernest's gun. and I con gratulate you on being the first to obtain a specimen in New Switzerland!' I add ed. `I should say this was about the queerest beast to be met with anywhere. the jerboa--' `The jerboa!' I exclaimed. was a convenient length in fro nt. Fritz alone wore a look expressive of dissatisfaction. by the great Captain Cook. the hare.' said I. `It will be my turn to go out with you next. The kangaroo was added to the already heavy load on our sledge. `but I cannot think w hat this animal can be. Amid much joking and laughter. my wife explained that she had been washing all day. but trailed behind in orthodox ghost fashion. buttoned up in a pea-jacket which came down to his ankles. for th e load piled on it surpassed all expectation: we on our part staring in equal su rprise at the extraordinary rig of the young folks who came to meet us. as I extemporised the name.' `Ah! Then he is a rodent. and let us see to what class of mamma lia it belongs. but there are the mouse. Examine its teeth. my dear boy. coming close up t o me.' said Ernest at last. the boys amused themselves by dressing up in things they found while rummaging the sailor's chest. after a while . father--two upper. Another had on a very wide pai r of trousers. and two under. and while their clothes were drying. the beaver. we excited great interest by exhibiting ea ch in turn. I am glad I knocked it over. and he. father? Just abo ut here there is nothing to shoot. that Ernest and I might see the masquerade. as a squirre l has. We may be led to guess at its name in that way. which. and we proceede d slowly. It certainly amused us. but meeting with the usual bright welcom e. and joined pleasantly in the conversa tion. one of the class of an imals which has a pouch or purse beneath the body. but more especially the kangaroo. father. and had kept them o n.' `Still you have been doing your duty. but I coul d see that he was struggling against his jealous feelings. The third. the squirrel. They were discovered in New Holland. looked for all the world like a walking portmanteau. succeeded in recovering his good humour. One wore a long night-shirt. laughing. `The jerboa! Now we shall have it. he treated it rather slightingly. the marmot. the large salmon. certainly.I could not recollect to have seen or heard of any such. surprised and de lighted everyone. `Well. i n consequence of which the children had scarcely a change of linen. How they will all st are when I carry it home!' `You have had a lucky day altogether. only far larger. you were entrusted with the . Turning now to our new acquisitions. in which its young can take r efuge. instead of his own. but made me regret that so little belonging to ourselves had been saved from the wreck. with a belt. and I have found it very dull. arriving late at Falconhurst. It must be a kangaroo. and I saw that he was en vious of his younger brother's success. will it not. braced up so short that each little leg looked like the clapper i n a bell. `What a famous day's sport you have had altogether!' said he. Very eager and inquisitive were the glances turned towards the sledge.' `I see four sharp incisor teeth. Ernest?' `I do not know them all. What rodents can you remember.

to sound and well-earned repose. which was my intention in going. The current carried us briskly out of the bay. but my courage had failed. while the breakfast was getting ready. To this notion I at once put a decided stop. cheering her with hopes of our speedy return wi th new treasures from the wreck. It was evident that they fully believed they might now go with us to the wreck. although I could not find it in my heart to scold the two merry rogues for their thoughtless frolic. given me the cha nce of sending a message to that effect. as I joined him in the tub-boat. And I time. more especial ly as I particularly wished to send back a message to my wife. by preparing the kangaroo. stood on what remain ed of the deck. however. we firmly secured them together by means of spars. and arranging twelve of them side by side in rows of three. as it appeared they had taken Turk. The anima ls were fed. of the importance of constructing a raft. and began at once to lay our plans. when Fritz had prepared everything in readiness for our trip to the wreck. we made haste to conclude the day's work. I wanted to make a raft fit to carry on shore a great variety of articles far too large and heavy for our pr esent boat. part for immediate use. and part for salting. This I had meant to sa we parted. when sudd enly. and their mother could only guess that. knowing how much she would object t a plan. as the boys had. although. I cal led Ernest and Jack in order to give them some parting injunctions. and we retired. Chapter 5 Next morning. Jack and Ernest burst out of a hiding-place where they had lain in wait for us. which was defended by . and we shoved off. I desired her to reprove them. we crossed the bridge at Jackal River. y when o such instructed them to explain that. and scrambling up her shattered sides. so as not to leave their mother in suspense. as my work on board would take up a long she must try to bear with our absence for a night. which I was anxious to preserve entire. however. On consideration. and then proceeded to lay a good substantial floor of planks. take care of yourselves! We're off. and finishing it without a second trip. had disappeared directly after breakfast. as we required potatoes. they might collect some salt. and a youth of manly character will not depend for happiness on mere excitement. I determined to r emain on board for the night. for starting away without lea ve. They. on their return. `Goodbye boys. of the family. we were very soon moored safely alongside the wreck. although it was not without reluctance that I left my de ar wife alone with little Franz. and a plentiful allowance of salt made to them. I attended to the beautifu l skin of the kangaroo. and were enchanted with the startling effect of their unexpected appearance upon their unsuspecting father and brother. and I had resolved to return in the evening. A number of empty water-casks seemed just what was required for a foundation: w e closed them tightly. pushed them overboard. and afterwards. unintentionally. they might have gone to fetch a suppl y. I told them they must hurry home.' As the shades of night approached. Our own supper of b roiled salmon and potatoes was dispatched with great appetite. as they were already so far. I satisfied myself that no harm was likely to befall them. w ith thankful hearts. Advancing steadily on our way.' shouted Fritz. to our no small astonishment.

with the raft in tow. a hand-mill. Next morning we actively set about loading the raft and boat: first carrying of f the entire contents of our own cabins. we found we could spread the sa il. which I soon discovered to be a turtle asleep on the water. proved. . bars and locks. as their weight was far beyond our strength. both our craft were heavily laden.a low bulwark. plumber's tools. a rich and almost inexhaustible treasure to us. so glittering was the display of gold and silver watches. but more useful to us at present was a case of common knives and forks. plum. orange. we now made an excellent supper from the ship's provisions. recollecting our encounter with the shark. cart wheels. yet the first storm would complete the destruction of the ship. Ironmongery. a per fect luxury to us. Fishing lines. peas. there was some danger of an accident. and reminded us o f a jeweller's shop. One large chest was filled with an assortment of fancy goods. The voyage was begun with considerable anxiety. Presently. and had eaten only the light refreshment we had brought in our wallets. oats. and those belonging to th e carpenter and gunsmith. and our progress was very satisfactory. flourishing his harpoon in most approved fashion. pear. Fritz asked me for the te lescope. as he had observed something curious floating at a distance. chains. as well as the doors and window-frames. were we strong enough. Then handi ng it back. rings and all manner of trinkets. pl aced the harpoons in readiness. Selecting a number of the most useful articles. we removed the furniture. a nd we read on the tickets attached to them the names. cordage. exactly suited to our purpose. apricot. Fritz. as more suited to us than the smart silver ones we had previously taken on shore. passing on to the captain's room. he begged me to examine the object. including of course th e grain and the fruit trees. reels. it would be easy to put it up. for we were thoroughly fatigued by our labours. In this way we soon had a first-rate raft. as w ell as a mariner's compass. buckles. and we were ready to make for the shore. lead. sacks of maize. so pleasant to European ea rs. which had been destined for the supply of a distant colony. spades and plough-shares. s nuff-boxes. however. But the sea being calm and the wind favourable. of the apple. with their bol ts. It would have been impossible to return to land that same evening. So bewildered were we by the wealth around us that for some time we were at a l oss as to what to remove to the raft. chestnut. scarcely desisting a moment from our work. after our hard and narrow hammocks. in fact. cherry a nd vine. studs. and a box of money. We next took the officers' chests. grind-stones. which I was glad to find. drew our attention for a time. and. most carefully packed. and also the parts of a saw-mill so carefully numbered that. It would be impossible to take everything. and amused me by seeming to picture himself a wh aler. these. almond. and a couple of harpoons were put on board. paint. The cargo. we gradually loaded our raft. and of course unconscious of our approach. and then rested for the night on spring mattresses. and we should l ose all we left behind. peach. a number of young fruit trees. Early in the afternoon. and wheat. had been stowed away . Rejoicing that we were not expected home. To my delight we found. and all that was necessary for th e work of a smith's forge. as. the contents of these latter we had to remove in porti ons.

as well as shouting loudly in his glee. but the instant there is danger. The lad's back was turned to me. steer towards it!' exclaimed he. I hoisted the sail again. cut the line. father. excited the liveliest interest. `Fritz. while I. I perceived that he really had struck the tortoise with a harpoon. the turtle will be a very dear bargain. Its intention was to escape to land. with the addition of the sapling fruit-trees.' As the turtle began to make for the open sea. I hastened forward. when. its weight being prodigious. in order to cut t he line. and the thrill as of line running through a reel. if he upsets all our good s into the sea. a couple of heavily laden vessels. and at some distance from land we grounded with a sha rp shock. all of a sudden. and the creature was running away with us.' `My dear boy. by breaking the lower shel . but I turned the beast on its back. fi nding the opposition too much for it. that he mig ht have a nearer look at the creature. contrived to moor the boats by means o f some of the heavy blocks of iron we had brought. `You are sending us to the bottom. `Father! Do wait!' pleaded the boy. and. For heaven's sake. so that I co uld not perceive his actions. To my wife this appeared necessarily a work of time. a s econd shock. quite a sufficien t load. chatting merrily about our various adven tures. we f ound it. Being anxious to remove some of our goods before night. The turtle was evidently greatly exhausted. I experienced a shock. the boys ran off to fet ch the sledge. alarmed me. however. until I had actually sever ed its head from its body. and no wonder. The part of the shore for which the turtle w as making was considerably to the left of our usual landing-place. consisted in seeing us safely back. even if he does not drown us too. It required our united streng th to get the turtle hoisted on to the sledge. at full speed. while we wer e yet engaged in securing our boats and getting the turtle on shore. and soon detached a portion of the meat from the breast with a hatchet.`Do. Little did I suspect what was to follow. The beach the re shelved very gradually. in eager excitement. that it did not cease its struggles. the creature again directed its course lan dward. Lowering the sail and seizing my hatchet. be careful! I will wait a few minutes. and cast adrift at once turtle and harpoon. As we were by no means far from Falconhurst. Fritz gave notice of our approach by firing off his gun. and the broad sail was between us. the whole f amily appeared in the distance hastening eagerly towards us. as our night' s absence had disturbed her. and our new prize. dispatched it with my axe. as well as of difficulty.' `I have him. drawing us rapidly after it. and. together with the well-laden boat and raft. and had been dragging. hurrah! I have him safe!' shouted he. and the sensation of the boat being rapidly drawn through the water . however. indeed. and wading up to it. but fortunately without a capsize. having no anchor. and she was horrified by the description of our dan gerous run in the wake of the fugitive turtle. a r ope was attached to it. To my a mazement. Before I had time to call out. my w ife's chief pleasure. I accordingly did so. but I leaped into th e water. The first thing to be done on arriving was to obtain some of the turtle's flesh to cook for supper. Such was its tenacity o f life. `There is no danger just yet! I promise to cut the line myself the instant it is necessary! Let us catch this turtle if we possibly can. since it had been ac ting the part of a steam tug. what are you about?' cried I. We then made the best of our way home.

`I am inclined to believe that you have really made a brilli ant discovery! If this proves to be.' `Leave the fat. No one could eat anything so nasty. my dear. a nd found a number of these roots.' `In that you did wisely.' returned his mother. and. `and we may manage it easily. but I have not ventured to taste them. otherwise the flour ma y be injurious and even poisonous. cut som e off-it can be used as lard. `I should like to show you some roots I found today. `and cam e home in such a mess. mother. although the plant itself was almost a bush. shell and a ll.' `And the handsome shell!' cried Fritz. I can only tell you I should never in all my days have found the clay.' said his mother. if I had not slipped and fallen amongst it. cakes c alled cassava bread are made from it. I had regularly to scrape his clothes and wash him thorou ghly!' `Well. the manioc root. Swine eat many things injurious to men. `See how it sticks all over the meat. Great ca re must be taken in the manufacture to express the juice. and came upon the sow. we might lose every other eatable we possess. which I brought for you to see. my boy. and I then directed that it should be cooked.' I exclaimed. and eating something ravenously. They look something like radishes.' Finding there was still time to make another trip with the sledge. and the delight of the epicures.' said Jack.' `Well done. my lad! When did you find it?' `He found a bed of clay near the river this morning. that is the very best part. I think I know how to set about it. very busy grub bing under a small bush. we shall be very independent if we can succeed in preparing flour from these roots.' `Indeed.' I replied. after taking the roots in my hand and considerin g them attentively. and yet not starve. they are getting rather dry now. `If we can collect a sufficient quantity. already having potatoes. `I should like to make a water-trough of that. `only. to hear your talk this m orning. to stand near the brook.' `That I can well believe. although our old sow was devouri ng them at a great rate. as I expect. Ernest.' `When you have ended the question of the clay and the turtle-shell.l. How usef ul it would be!' `That is a capital idea. `But let me first cut away this disgusting green fat. with a little salt. Let me see your roots. if we can fi nd clay so as to make a firm foundation on which to place it. How did you discover them?' `I was rambling in the wood this morning. with a lit tle shudder. In the West Indies. one would have thought your discovery of clay the result of very arduous search indeed. whatever you do!' exclaimed I. If there be really too much.' said my wife. `I have a grand lump of clay there under that root .' `Oh. and be kept always full of clear water. we will attempt bread-making. and let the dogs make a supper of the refuse. `Why.' said Ernes t. as to clay. I went off w . so I drove her away.

semi-transparent surface. for our day's work had been none of the lightest. boxes. and the boys pressed round me. whereas the species whose shell is prized so much is unfit for food. and well sheltered with leaves and branches. leav ing a beautifully marked. The dogs were delighted when I descended the ladder.' As the simplest method of ascertaining this. `well. it was hea rtily enjoyed. is only fit for eating. I got it up here on purpose to be ready for you. and I let them come in turns. while you were all absent. `and you little think what refreshment awaits you here in the shade. and if so. armed with straws. all was life and energy: the ass alone seemed disinclined to begin the da y. as well as . so that very refreshing slumbers closed the day. ` is not the shell very valuable? Surely beautiful combs. I found it mys elf on the sands. however. father. and bounded t o meet me.' said she. four cart-wh eels and the hand-mill were placed on it. today. enjoyed the privilege of further repose. and. and gave us strength to haul the mattresses we had brought from t he ship. the outer layer peels off. the load I collected from their freight was but a light one. this was unfortunate. and fancying it was wine of some sort. le to deny them this. which is susceptible of a ve ry high polish. for she said we had been regularly overworked dur ing the last two days. for I had my doubts about the safety of my vessels on th e open shore. a nd we lost no time in returning to Falconhurst. and. as we went along. as she had not been milked. two pretty kids gambolled a round. as I especially required his services. but was call a halt.' `Your turtle. and. he. and harnessed him to the sledge. leaving Franz with his mother. After so strongly expressing my own enjoyment of the wine.' said Fritz. and presently announced that in all my life I had never enjoyed a more delici ous draught of canary sack. and a number of o rnamental things are made of tortoise-shell. `I have been thinking about my turtle. its shell is worthless as regards ornament. The boys are most an xious to know what sort of wine it will prove to be. with all manner of smaller articles. I left her dozing. intending to pa y a visit to the beach. the cocks crowed and flapped their wings. it seems a pity to use i t for a water-trough. and the donkey willingly trotted home with it. Come and see my cellar!' and she smilingly exhibited a small cask.ith the elder boys. Chests. now you are come home to rest.' continued my wife. Supper was more to the purpose. and with the rest of the family. T ortoiseshell is subjected to the action of heat. My fears as to the safety of the boats were soon dispelled. as the turtle proved delicious. t he cow.' The sledge quickly received its second load from the raft. Fritz. for they were all r ight. My wife was immensely pleased to find that her exert ions in my behalf had not been thrown away. My wife welcomed us joyfully. and warn them of the risk they ran of it seemed unreasonab speedily obliged to had to reprove them being intoxicated. being in haste to return. `Ah! You wonder where this came from. I put his morning dreams to flight. `However. and we all looked forward wit h satisfaction to the prospect of the princely supper they were to have ready fo r us. I inserted a straw at the vent-hol e. Early next morning. for the rogues got so eager and excited that I for their greediness. half sunk in the ground. up into our sleeping-rooms. I got up without rousing any of the others. and begging for a taste.

that I could not resist taking him with me. my boys. but Jack lingered b ehind with such imploring looks. namely. ca refully packed and enclosed within partitions. what appeared to be the separate parts of a pinnace. even to a couple of smal l brass guns. and great was my good wife's surprise. and I hastened to see if the lad was r ight. she started up. He was followed by Fritz.' I continued. we could onl y make a further examination of the cargo. `this will never do! Your beds were too luxurious last night.' In my own opinion. Approaching the tree. the rest turned homewards. we were surprised to see a number of little figures ranged in a row along the water's edge. iron p lates. and became aware of the late hour! `What can have made us oversleep ourselves like this?' she exclaimed.' With much stretching and many yawns. Ernest last. we accomplished this. whose news was still more important. two grindstones. however. As we drew near the shore. I felt there was something else to blame besides th e comfortable mattresses. two wheelbarrows besides Jack's. . was novel and charming. s ee the children are sound asleep still. To Jack the pleasure of hunting about in the hold. I must have our cargo landed in time to get the boats off with the next tide.' By dint of downright hard work. which he kept under his own especial care. `Ah! Here at last come the pigmy inhabitants of the country to welcome us!' cri ed I. when. being uncommonly ready for breakfast. we had barely time to get something to eat and hurry into the boat. they are delightful. so that. with rigging and fittings complete. where were collected our new acquisitions. and I got on board with F ritz as soon as they were afloat. a small barrel of powder. laughing. rubbing their eyes and seeming but half awake. `It must be the fault of those mattresses. roused by the clatter and hullabaloo I made. and very soon a tremendous rattling and clattering heralded his approach with a whee lbarrow. but my pleasure was qualified by a sense of the arduous tas k it would be to put such a craft together so as to be fit for sea. and apparently gazing fixedly at us. when on board. the boys at last came tumbling down from t he tree. Indeed he was. not a sound was to be heard. He had found. The y seemed to wear dark coats and white waistcoats. as though longing to embrace us. in the highest spirits at his good fortune in having found such a capit al thing in which to bring home potatoes. and another o f flints. It took up more time than I expected. `Come. My intention had been simply to take the vessels round to the harbour in Safety Bay. collect a few portable articles and t hen avail ourselves of the sea-breeze which would fail us later in the evening. This was a great discovery.I. tobacco-graters. but really too lulling. but the calm sea and fine weather tempted me to make another trip to the w reck. only every now and then one would extend them g ently. For the present. `and then off to work. `So now for prayers and brea kfast. a copper boiler. a lthough it was broad day.' said I. I see. and I made a mental resolve that the captain's fine ca nary should be dealt with very sparingly in future. as usual. and stood quite still with the ir arms dropping by their sides. not a soul was to be seen.

dived. but going to examine them when we landed. and the examination of our burdens. and it was absurd to s ee how he started up and cuffed them soundly for their boisterous behaviour. so there must be such people you know. that po or little Jack. and also of manioc root. s ome of the fallen arose from their swoon. bu t helpless on land. and little Franz said. only these look rather to o large. ei ther stunned or dead at his feet. `I hope they are Lilliputians! I once read in a b ook about them. The three wheelbarrows then each received a load. my wife. but discoveri ng us. right and left. `We have not before seen them in such numbers. who. the live penguins seated grav ely were trundled along by Jack. I have sown seeds in the ground which was dug up to get them. where did those seeds come from?' `Out of my magic bag. pray. This scene. caused great merriment: the tob acco-grater and iron plates evidently puzzling everybody. upo n which we caught them. and tying their feet together with long grass. and pumpkins and cucumbers!' `Now. and wading ashore.' We were gradually approaching the land as I spoke. This was too much for his patience. thinking that it was worth while to try to tame them. they rushed forward with such forcible demonstrations of delight. My wife had exerted herself in our absence to provide a good store of potatoes. `You have let out my secret! I was to have the pleasure of surprising your father when my plants were growing up. if you remember. the poor disappointed little mother!' said I. penguins and all. As these penguins are disagreeable food. let u s make sure of abundance of food for our mouths. father!' exclaimed Jack. you little chatterbox!' cried she. `Never mind! I am charmed to hear about it. of course!' replied she. Is it possible you are going to make snuff? Do.' `You must be content to give up the Lilliputians and accept penguins. `And each time I have gone for p otatoes. `Ah. They are excellent swimmers.' `Ah. and with his stick laid half a dozen. The unusual noise of our approach set the dogs barking furiously. and no sooner was the water shallow. I was sorry Jack had attacked them. as they can neither fly nor run.' continued she.' said I. `Why. on account of their strong oily taste. than out sprang Jack from his tub. took the unsuspec ting birds by surprise. The rest escaped into the water. my dear J ack. I admired her industry. and I hav e planted potatoes also. you wise little woman!' I exclaimed. `I do not half like the appearance of those tobacco-grate rs you have brought. an d melons. soon after we landed. you are a model of prude nce and industry!' `But. and bid them fasten a pen guin to each by the leg. and di sappeared. ridiculous habit of snuffing into your family! Please to treat my gr . and began solemnly to waddle away. I have not the remotest intention of introducing the dirty.' `Well done. and away we went at a great rate. was fairly ups et. before we think of our noses!' `Make your mind easy. could scarcely manage his barrow. fa ther! I wonder what you will say when mother and I give you some Indian corn. laid them on the sand to wait until we were ready to start. as it was. Only do tell me.`Oh. but Ernest knocked one down. I sent the boys to catch some of our geese and ducks.

which will be excellent bread. Spreading a large sailcloth on the ground. My example was ins tantly followed by the whole party. I want you to make me a nice strong canvas bag.' said I. No one was tempted by the look of the flour to stop and taste it. There are various species of manioc. above the sack another plank. as though to make sure of a meal without depending on my bread. `Or must all this great bagful be used at once? In that case we shal l have to spend the whole of tomorrow in baking cakes. Still. r asping. A strong straight beam was ma de flat on one side. My arrangements for this purpose were as follows. yet they are preferred to the last. the canvas bag w as filled with it. iron bars and masses of lead. The dry pith is wholesome and nourishing. and the flour produced is excellent. I do not mean to taste my cakes. and I have ev en heard that some Europeans there prefer it to the wheaten bread of their own c ountry. beginning to rub a ro ot as hard as I could against the rough surface of my grater.' This my wife willingly undertook to do. father?' inquired Ernest. but she evidently had not much faith in my powers as a baker.' . the flour in barrels will keep fresh a long time. The ro ots of the third kind do not come to maturity for two years. One sort grows quickly.' By this time our supply of roots being reduced to damp powder. and to talk of bread where there are no ovens is only tantalizing. twice. Each took a grater and a supply of well-washed manioc root.' I replied. until I have t ried their effect on our fowls and the ape. and tying it tightly up. one end was passed under a root near the sack. `Will this stuff keep any time?' inquired my wife. however. and its roo ts ripen in a very short time. because they are to be the means of providing you w ith the first fresh bread you have seen this many a long day. if eaten raw. which contains the poison. and the sap flowed from it to the ground. `Cassava bread is highly esteemed in many parts of the New World. and when all were se ated round the cloth--`Once. I mean to try at once what I can do with Ernest's roots. And first of all. `But on these flat iron plates I can bake flat cakes or scones. you must not expect real loaves. for in truth it looked much like wet sawdust. We shall use a great deal of this. such as an anvil. b ecause they are so much more fruitful. if t he scrapings are carefully pressed. and over that the long beam. and I saw her set on a good potful of potatoes before beg inning to work. I attempted to squeeze it. the other project ed far forward.' `What is the good of pressing them. thrice! Off!' cried I. smooth planks were laid across two of the lower roots of ou r tree. The two first are p oisonous. `once dry. which is harmless. as you shall see. The consequent pressure on t he bag was enormous.aters with respect. as each remarked t he funny attitude and odd gestures of his neighbours while vehemently rubbing. however. grating and grinding down the roots allotted to him. And to that we attached all the heaviest weights we could think of.' `Ah. Another kind is of somewhat slower growth.' `What possible connection can there be between bread and tobacco-graters? I can not imagine what you mean. who came to see how we were getting on. on these we placed the sack. amid bursts of merriment. but soon found that mechanical aid was necessary in order to express the moisture.' `Not at all. I summoned my boys and set to work. `It is in order to express the sap.

and bread-baking commenced in earnest. A large fire was kindled. hemlock. and sedative drugs. The potatoes were as usual excellent. are followed by violent convulsions. stimulants. and lively pleasure was in every countenance when Jack.' No sooner said than done. until Fritz turned to me. `But I shall only make one cake today for an experiment. and they silen tly watched them gobbling up the bits of cake I gave them. to remove as much as possible of the noxious substance. `Suppose the cake is poisonous. . as belladonna. While an iron plate placed over a good fire was getting hot. but a pile of nice tempting cakes was at length ready. `There does not seem the least moisture remaining. as opium . or strong coffee to rouse from th e stupor of the narcotics. Next morning every one expressed the tenderest concern as to the health of Knip s and the hens. and with plenty of good milk we breakfasted right royally. it was turned and was quickly baked. It smelt so delicious. or will they suffer pain?' `That depends upon the nature of the poison. hellebore. laid it on the hot plate when. here is supper ready and we need not be afraid to eat roast penguin and potatoes. combined with oils and mucilaginous drinks to soothe and protect the stomach in the case of ir ritants. as colchi cum. and watching the baking most eagerly. whilst feeding the poultry with the fragments of the repast. and they were left as free a s the other fowls. brought news of their perfect good health an d spirits. the meal made into cakes. the plates heated. and forming a thick cake. or. as strychnine. which I intended should again be pressed. each of the boys busi ly preparing his own. that the boys quite envied the two hens and the monkey. and aconite. o f course. such as spirits. what effect will it have on the cre atures? Will they be stupefied. I mixed the meal with wa ter and a little salt.' `Certainly. No time was now to be lost. kneaded it well. one side presently becoming a nice yellow brown colour.' said I. although fishy in taste and very tough. their bonds were therefore loosed. and such remedies should be applied as will best counteract the effect of each poison: emetics in any case. which are perhaps in themselves p oisons. Some cause violent pain. to counteract the over stimulation of the nerves caused by the convulsan t poisons. Others produce stupefaction and paralysis. `But now let us think no more of poisons. Soon after. father?' said Fritz. we left the fowls picking up the least crumb they cou ld find of the questionable food. while others again. by delirium.`Do you think we might begin now. Mistakes occurred. who ran first to make the visit of inquiry. and in high spirits at our success. saying. some not done enough. and assembled to enjoy our evening meal of roa st penguin. ammonia.' I took out a couple of handfuls of flour for this purpose. `The effects of course vary according to the quantity taken. w e must see how it agrees with Master Knips and the hens before we set up a bakeh ouse in regular style. and with a stick loo sened and stirred the remainder. and prussic acid. some of the bread was burnt. the penguin really not so bad as I expected. who were selected as the subjects of this interesting experiment. I obse rved that the captive penguins were quite at ease among them and as tame as the geese and ducks.

when. I was bent on acquiring possession of the beautiful pinnace. I did so with reluctance. `In that way you will live nearer your work. She lay in a most unget-at-able position at the further end of the hold. I might reaso nably hope for success. Preparations for returning to shore were hastily made.Chapter 6 Having now discovered how to provide bread for my family. so that if only I could bestow suffi cient time on the work. stowed in so confined and n arrow a space. and contrive space in which to execute it. and but little impression was made on the mass of woodwork around us. `a . I perceived how carefully every part of the pi nnace was arranged and marked with numbers. which lay within this vast hulk l ike a fossil shell embedded in a rock. I began to coax and per suade my wife to let me go in force with all the boys except Franz. we first paid a visit to the geese and d ucks which inhabited the marsh there. and I shall not quite lose sight of you!' said she. We had to acknowledge that an immense amount of labour and perseverance would be required before we could call ourselves the owners of the useful and elegant little craft. I came to the conclusion that difficulties. She very unwillingly gave her consent at last. well-nigh insuperable. we found my wife and little Franz at Tentholm awaiting us. for so great was their reliance on me. The boys were delighted to go in so large a party. and we landed without mu ch relish for the long walk to Falconhurst. we buckled on each his cork-belt. that removing them to a convenie nt place piece by piece was equally out of the question. At the same time these parts were so heavy. stepped into the tub-boat. neither feeling quite satisfied with the arrangement. but not until I had faithfully p romised never to pass a night on board. `You are a good. and merrily carried provisio n-bags filled with cassava-bread and potatoes. She had resolve d to take up her quarters there during the time we should be engaged on the wrec k. `Fetch axes. kind wife. and we parted. lay between me and the safe possession of the beautiful little vessel. delighted with her plan. that they never doubted the pinnace was to be ours. `Room! Room to work in. my thoughts began to revert to the wreck and all the valuables yet contained within it. I desired the boys to collect whatever came first to hand .' I exclaimed. and. wi th the raft in tow. boys! That's what we need in the first place!' I cried. sensible. that it was impossible to think of fitting the parts together the re. and load the raft to be ready for our return at night. and aware that our un ited efforts would be required to do the necessary work.' To work we all went. I sent the boys away to amuse themselves by rummaging out anything they liked t o carry away. and then we made a minu te inspection of the pinnace. and sat down quietly to consider the matter. to our great surprise and plea sure. When we got on board. and having fed them and seen they were thr iving well. as my sons came to see what plan I had devised. steered straight for the wreck. yet evening drew near. Above all. As my eyes became used to the dim light which entered the compartment through a chink or crevice here and there. and let us break down the compartment and clear space all round. with a pleasant smile. Reaching Safety Bay without adventure.

Our days were now spent in hard work on board. and wa s longing to spring into the free blue sea. is it not?' and he and his brothers exhibited two small casks of butter. my anxiety was unobserved by anyone. bringing each time a valuable freight from the old vess el. but imprisoned within massive wooden walls which defi ed our strength. and the boys. `Perhaps. filled it with g unpowder. if I could carry it out. I told the bo ys I was going ashore earlier than usual. and I was almost in despair. I shall go off at once and see what has happened .' `Come and see what we have brought you. as I did not speak. and the compartment where the pinnace rested was fully revealed to view. where a marvellous sight awaited us. and then in fear and wonder. would effect her release without further labour or delay. mother!' cried Fritz.' replied I quietly. `A good addition to your stores. corn. I hastened after them with a pounding heart. and then putting the parts together. It seemed exactly as though the graceful vessel had awakened from sleep. and calmly desired them to get into th e boat. the water was covered wit h floating wreckage--all seemed in ruins. and an explosion has taken place. I could not bear to think that our success so far should be followed by failure and disappointment. but sprang into the boat. whose a ttention was taken up with the melancholy scene of ruin and confusion around the . when an idea occurred to me which. and then joining them. and many other articles welcome to our care ful housewife. through which I pierced a hole for the insertion of the match. that you may return as soon as poss ible to your dear Falconhurst. turned their eyes towards the sea. A huge rent appeared. whenc e the startling noise came. Then securing it with chains. and spread her wings to the breeze. as I listened with strained nerves for the expected sound . Will anyone come?' The boys needed no second invitation. Then lighting a match I had prepared. It came!--a flash! a mighty roar--a grand burst of smoke! My wife and children. it should blow out the side of the vessel next which the pinnace lay. `we had a fire below when we were cau lking the seams of the pinnace. all was completed. the decks and bulwarks were torn open. with incredible labour. No alteration had taken place in the side at which we usually boarded her. that the recoil might do no damage. `perhaps you have left a light burning near some of the gunpowder. three of flour. and this great petard I so placed. and which would burn some time bef ore reaching the powder. We started earl y and returned at night. and we mad e for the land. The pinnace stood actu ally ready to be launched. the other boat I did not haul up. but kept her ready to put off at a moment's notice. terror-stricken. and we pulled round to the further side.nd we shall work with the greater diligence. looked to me for some e xplanation. Yet no possible means of setting her free could I conceive. We brought the raft close in shore and began to unload it. Without explaining my purpose. to all appearance uninjured. we pulled for the wreck at a more rapid rate than we ever had done before . that when it expl oded. At length.' `Not at all unlikely. secured a block of oak to the top. I got a large cast-iron mortar. while I lingere d to reassure my wife by whispering a few words of explanation. first cutting and clearing an op en space round the pinnace.' said my wife. rice. There sat the little beauty.

with our united strength. while we. of the principle. Come.m. and all necessary arrangements about the pinnace. in enthusiastic delight. were astonished to hear me shout. `Hurrah! She is ou rs! The lovely pinnace is won! We shall be able to launch her easily after all. and then. The boys were deeply interested in examining the effects of the explosion. `Fire!' Bang! bang! rattled out a thrilling report. breathless with haste and ex citement. and we co uld plainly see their alarm and astonishment. and in the explanation I gave them. Casting off from the ship. attac k. move her forward towards the water. and eagerly they followed me into the shat tered opening. cunning father! Oh. and spreading the sail. followed by our s houts and hurrahs. our voyage began. while yet no idea of the surp rise we were preparing for her had dawned upon my wife. that machine we helped to make. the pinnace began to slide from the stocks. s aying that having blown away one side of the ship. horrid. where we accounted for the explosion. I assured them that. I found everything as I could wish and the captive in no way a sufferer from the violent measures I had adopted for her deliverance. they waved joyfully. wonderful people. where. My wife and her little boy rushed hastily forward from near the tent. It was evident that the launch could now be effected without much trouble. we should have good cause to thank God if their fighting powers and new-born valour were never put to the test. we should be able to obtain t he rest of its contents with a very few more days' work. ch eered and waved enthusiastically. and Fritz assisted his mother to come on board. By skilful management we brought the pinnace near a projection of the bank. shall I scold you or praise you? You have frightened me out of my wits! To see a beautiful little . boys. so that by means of levers and pulleys we might.' The boys gazed at me for a moment. which has set her free. wild with excitement. The pinnac e glided swiftly through the water. which echoed and re-echoed among the cliffs. who had kept the secret so well. you clever. the mounting of her two litt le brass guns. and finally slipped gently and steadily into the water. and came quickly to the landing-place to meet us. The pinnace was fully equipped and ready to sail. We then only remained long enough to secure our prize carefully at the most she ltered point. to fire a salute when we entered the bay. A rope was attached by which to regulate the speed of the descent. to my intense satisfaction. and then guessing my secret. let us see if she has suffered from the explosion. Ernest and Jack manned the guns. was o n purpose to blow it up!' cried they. It was wonderfu l what martial ardour was awakened by the possession of a vessel armed with two real guns. and went back to Tentholm. The boys chattered incessantly about savages. `You dear. but speedily recognizing us. I stood at the helm. and I permitted the boys . `You planned it yourself. she exclaimed. where she float ed as if conscious it was her native element. These days were devoted to completing the rigging. and proper way to manage a pet ard. al l hands putting their shoulders to the work. I ha d been careful to place rollers beneath the keel. defence and final annihilation of the invaders. brilliant as their victories would doubtless be. where. and Fritz gave the word of command. fleets of canoes.

`you must come with me. and s pread earth over the roots as they lay. I too shall want fire in a peac eable form.' s aid my wife. piled in order. and cassava-roots. I should have run away with Franz Heaven knows where! `But have you really done all this work yourselves?' she continued. being provided with an anchor. we found a garden neatly laid out in be ds and walks. and see how little Franz and I have improve d our time every day of your absence.' The time passed in happy talk over our many new interests. a nd carefully covered with sailcloths. Next morning. I fear they have been too much neglected. and the young fruit trees. my wife said: `If you can exist on shore long enough to visit Fal conhurst. while our industry. by leading water from the cascades in hollow bamboos. and I shall want you to contrive to irrigate them. `Now. there is space for sugar-canes. Look at my beds of lettuce and cabbages. rather than in mere self-grat ification. and will go to Falconhurst as soon as the raft is unloaded. everyone had the ple asant sensation which attends successful labour. and I especially pointed out to my sons how true. where. the whole arrangement is capital. and her elegant appearan . but the report of your guns made me tremble with fear--and had I not recognized your voices directly after. Now. my rows of beans and peas! Think what delicious dinners I shall be able to cook for you. genuine happiness consists in that.' We all landed and. The pinna ce. was properly moored. we m ust return to the tent for supper and rest.' she replied. and perseverance met with boundless praise. I have planted seeds of maize round them.' `You have done far more than I could have expected.' I replied. when we had been forgiven for terrifying her with our vainglorious salute. although. for both of which we are all quite r eady. skill. I have watered them occasionally. my wife. To shelter th e beds of European vegetables from the heat of the sun. as well as experiencing the joy of affording unexpected pleasure to others. Do you think that is a good plan?' * The author now thinks pineapples grow on vines. with great curiosity. `and p rovided you do not ask me to give up the sea altogether. `This is beautiful! You have done wonders! Did you not find the work too hard?' `The ground is light and easy to dig hereabouts. Up by the sheltering rocks I mean to have pinea pples* and melons. by and by. `We don't frighten people by firing salutes in honour of our performances. but I could not manage to plant them. I most willingly agree to your request. for I could not conceive who might be on board. and everything safely arranged here.' `My dear wife!' I exclaimed. so that the stores were quickly brought up to the tent. and give me credit for my diligence. as sunset approaches. They do not. `I have planted potatoes. and she continued.ship come sailing in was startling enough. `I do indeed. dear husband.' Life on shore was an agreeable change for us all. and received the admiration she deserved. they will look splendid when they spread there. and the boys went actively to work. I should like you to attend to the little fruit trees. The shadow of the tall plants will afford protection from the burning rays. `What a charming little yacht! I should not be afraid to sail in this myself. to our astonishment. followed my wife up the river towards the cascade. fastened down by pegs all round.' After the pinnace had been shown off.

Taking a long cord. such as running. Patagonians. and various tr ibes of South America. I had no reason to fear they would be laid aside. make use of this weapon in hunting. I declined to practise upon a live subject. each a . I encouraged them by saying. but they were i nterested in the Bible reading and simple instructions I drew from it. as I could not have se cured the attention of my hearers to any long-winded discourses. `The Mexicans. after the heat and hard work we had lately undergon e. wild horse.' On the following day. with marvellous dexte rity. in such a way as to make the stone twist many times round the neck.' `Oh. or whatever it may be.' as the large blue eyes looked inquiringly up at me. Several Sundays had passed during our stay at Tentholm. both morally and physically. however. which my wife sang from memory. the stump was entwined by the cord in such a way as to leave no doubt whatever as to the feasibility of the wonderful performances I described. immediately drawing it back. father! Do catch the donkey. the intention is to take the animal. `brave to do what is good and right. wrestling. One end is swung round and round the mounted hunter's he ad. the boys seeming disposed to carry out my wishes by muscu lar exercise of all sorts. they fasten stones to their ropes. I desired my boys to let me see their dexterity in athletic exe rcises. little Franz. `This is a miniature lasso. arresting him even in full career. so as to grow strong active men. I attached a leaden bullet to each end. alive. body or legs of the fugitive. No man can be really courageous and self-reliant without an inward consciousnes s of physical power and capability. and flat uninteresting raft. its peaceful shade seemin g more delightful than ever. Taking an ample supply of everything we should require at Falconhurst. as well as agile and swift-footed to escap e from it. and in that case. and climbing. My success surpassed my own expectations. `I want to see my sons strong. the lasso is thrown.ce quite altered the look of our harbour. and had instantly t o answer a storm of questions as to what this could possibly be for. and either kill or wound his prey. and to fight if necessary. and their young voices joined sweetly in favorite hymns.' said I.' said I. and to hate evil. father. hitherto occupied only by the grotesqu e tub-boat. to be observed with heartfelt devotion and grateful pra ise. I did not attempt too much in the form of preaching. and strong to work. we were soon comfortably reestablished in that charming abode. `Frequently. bu t consented to make a trial of skill by aiming at the stump of a tree at no grea t distance. `that mean s. he can repeat the blow. only. or buffa lo. leaping. I meant to prepare a cur ious new weapon for them. hunt and provid e for themselves and others. having no bullets. and then cast with skill and precision towards the animal he wishes to strik e. while r iding in hot pursuit. In the evening. and I was assailed by petitions from the boys. and the welcome Day of Rest now returned again. which are imme nsely longer than this. only they must promise not to neglect the practise of archery: as to their guns.' Not at all certain of my powers. po werful to repel and cope with danger. telling them that the y must keep up the practise of these things. what a splendid contrivance! Will you try it now? There is the don key.

anothe r with ball for our defence against beasts of prey. for we meant to make a grand family excursion attended by our domestic pets a nd servants! By sunrise we were all astir. who had no idea of being left alone. was to be used for carrying home our gourd manufactures. and early next morning I perceived t hat a gale of wind was getting up. and behind trotted Juno not in very good spirits. without a moment's delay. as well as any o ther prize we might fall in with. but her chief c are was the unpromising condition of her dear little fruit trees. Their mother and I followed. The g ood mother had much to show me demanding my approval. and the lovely prospect enchanted them. Every one was inclined for this expedition. Then came the boys with their guns and game-bags.nxious to possess a lasso of his own. Turk. for. as usual. soon became skilled in the art. consequently the planting of the or chard was carried on with surprising vigour. or assistance. and drawn by the d onkey. Of these she showed me her small cask well filled. This needful work we set about. advice. and everything quickly made ready for a start. therefore. proposing afterwards an exc ursion to the Calabash Wood. and a large bird. A good supply of wild pigeons and ortolans had been snared. As the manufacture was simple. My wife and Franz were to be of the party. of course. and then all sorts of arrangements were made for an early start next d ay. headed the procession. as the case might be. My attention was by no means monopolized by my sons and their amusements. where presently loud barking wa s followed by the quick report of a gun. From the height of our trees I could see that the surface of the sea was in violent agitation. and lassopractise became the order of the day. the great est muscular strength. On this occasion I took two guns with me. safel y moored in the harbour. Here Fritz and Jack turned aside into the bush. which had risen from . having be en forgotten. and recollected that there was nothing to call us to th e wreck for the next few days. in order to manufacture a large supply of vessels a nd utensils of all sorts and sizes. but was not completed until towards evening. Then the nests of various pairs of tame pigeons were exhibited. It was with no small satisfaction that I thought of our hard-won pinnace. they were so dry and withered. poor dog!--because Master Knip s. It was new to my wife and two of the boys. and the magnificent country beyond lay exte nded in all its beauty and fertility before our eyes. The sledge loaded with ammunition and baskets of provisions. that unless planted without further delay. one loaded with shot for game. That night a change came over the weather. besides having. she feared we should lose them. who was the most active and adroit. their wishes were speedily gratified. clad in his coat of mail. must needs ride on her back. Flamingo Marsh was quickly crossed. and their equipment took some tim e. Fritz. partly cooked and p reserved in lard. at once.

`What have you got?' `What has Fritz shot?' cried the boys. which was the scene of the tragicomic adventure by which Fritz became the guardian of the orphan ape. this is just like the fairy tale of the wishing-cap!' cried Ernest. `Ah. and I daresay Mrs. mother? Ah. that neither Fritz nor the dogs could master it. for. struggled and fought fiercely. Bustard here has for gotten all about them. and we must try to cure th e hurt. you are done for this time!' said Jack. looking timidly upwards. `It is most lik ely the same. Ernest was standing apart under a splendid cocoanut palm. It was borne i n triumph to the rest of our party. that her rider was flung unceremoniou sly on the sand. don't you remember. eager to join the chase.' said I. and found Juno holding on nobly by the wing she had seized. we next arrived at the Monkey Grove.' said Ernest. gazing in fixed admiration a t the grand height of the stem.' . This she cleverly accomplished. poor thing!' exclaimed my wife. and with difficulty succeeded in binding its legs and wings. however. dr awing quietly near him. unable to fly.' Resuming our march. in a tone of concern. it sprang to its fee t. Far from resigning itself. she will be a valuable addition to our poultry-yard. `A bustard! Oh. to my surprise. it is the one we missed that day. while the bird. and its beautiful graceful crown of leaves. which proved to be a magnificent bustard. `Why. than to bestow dainty gifts upon us. The boy was quite startled. it is the mother bird. and Juno. kind-hearted wife. `My w ish is granted as soon as formed!' `I suspect the fairy in this instance is more anxious to pelt us and drive us a way. and sprang aside. hotly pursued by th e excited dog. While he amused us all by a lively and graphic description of the scene. The cluster of nuts beneath these evidently added interest to the spectacle. yes. `I think this is a hen bustard. fell heavily to the ground before us. to death or captivity. and the words: `It's awfully high! I wish one would fall down!' Scarcely had he uttered these words. Had we not better let her go?' `Why. while Fritz ran panting in the same direction. Besides. as it st ruck out with its powerful legs and sharp claws. that is splendid!' `To be sure. than. I threw a large handkerchief over it. as if by magic.the thicket. that was weeks and weeks ago! Those little bi rds are all strong and big by this time. and I know she had a brood of young birds. starting up at our approach. down came another. who meantime had been reclining on the sand. Watching my opportunity. you shall roast her for dinner. rushed away with extraordinary speed. when. and. If we succeed. as she darted to intercept the retreat of the active bird. I hastened to their assistance. but its defence was maintained so fiercely. she is badly wounded. sprang aside so suddenly. if w e cannot. `I think there is most likely a cross-grained old ape sitting up among those shadowy leaves and branches. ha! Old fellow. and now they will be le ft unprotected and miserable. my dear. I heard a long-drawn sigh. down plumped a huge nut at his feet.

This is truly one of God's good gifts to man! The boys were much delighted with this curious plant. to the sledge. as with the su gar canes. For a few minutes I could do nothing but laugh.' said Ernest. which soon made him face about. for some are most determined fighters. for it is evidently very fond of eating these nuts. he returned to the charge. `If he hadn't been so hideous. I think. and had fallen. this is an ugly rascal!' cried Jack. pulling off his jacket and spreading it wide out in b oth hands. in c onsequence. Jack raised the butt-end of his gun. laying down all he was carrying. which we opened carefully. suddenly threw his garment over the creatu re. and advised the boys to cut enough to quench the thirst of the whole party. by having to cut away the hanging boughs and creeping plants which inter laced them. Jack. I struck several sharp blows on his bundle. Anxious to discover what was in the tree. I sh ould not have dealt so severely with him. to cut air holes above the joints. `of which there are many varieties. and opening its great claws. but then running to him with my hatchet. the little fellow prepared for a fresh onset. a land-crab. wrapped it well round it. `Hollo! I see him!' shouted Fritz presently. and then pummelled it with all the strength of his fists. and this. and is so precious to the thirsty hunter or traveller. and every eye was fixed on the trunk of the tree. You showed no little presence of mind. too. We all burst into a roar of laughter. which is known in Ame rica. the difficulty of getting at the kernel. since it takes the trouble to cl imb the trees for them. down which a large land-crab commenced a leisure ly descent. as well as the nuts. As we drew near. This they did. as big as a plate. I wasn't a bit afraid. we emerged from the thickets into ope n ground. as he showed it to her. for we were constantly stopped in passing through th e wood. gaping and gazi ng upwards with curious eyes. and go on our way. when it sudden ly dropped the remaining distance. `Well. `Only fancy. sidled after him with considerable rapidity. I assured her it was so. only finding it necessary.' said I. and by and by called me back to see what proved t o be an important discovery. and I recognized the 'liane rouge'.' `But are you certain it is safe to drink this?' asked she.We examined the nuts. and found within the land-crab perfectly dead. wandering for days and days without being near a proper spring of water. What is the cre ature's name?' `This is a crab. upon which he fairly turned tail and ran. including our animals. in fact it might have been more than a match for you otherwi se. Ernest was behind. when you thought of catching it in your jacket. Ernest took a glance round to mark a place of retreat. thinking they were perhaps old ones. is called a cocoanut crab. After struggling onward for a short time. a hideous creature! What can it be? Flat. `Oh. and are very swift too. or at least it deserves the name. mother. Now let us ta ke it. is conside rable. we all surrounded it. and with a pair of horrid claws! Here he comes! He is going to creep down the tree!' At this. but they were not even quite ripe. Jack hit at it boldly. and saw the calabash trees in the distance. little Franz slipped behind his mother. round. naturally. to our infinite amusement. As it approached within reach. their cur . from the several stalks of one of these creepers fl owed clear cold water. and then. `how cheering and refreshing to find this if one were lost and alone in a vast f orest.' Progress became difficult.

`Call the dogs! Stand ready to fire!' And we pressed through the bushes to the spot where Ernest had seen the creature. a s they too recognized their old friend. to see what was going on. for we were speedily established among the trees. and on . but was interrupted by Ernest. cup. jar or platter. brought Ernest and Jack from their po tatoes. you see. but our own runaway sow! Our excitement had been wound to so hig h a pitch. I agreed to accompany them. sure enough. every one engaged merrily in the work of cutti ng. that the discovery was quite a shock. holding on by the great ears. appe ared rather to beseech our interference than to propose to offer a desperate res istance. Very soon after our exploration began. on seeing us. and we beheld our mastiffs one on each side of a large respectable -looking pig. The cooking operations came to a stand soon after the fire was lighted. The ground was grubbed up. guided us to the sce ne of action. and by the sounds we heard had evidently attacked the boar at no great distance. for it appeared that we had no more water in the jars we had brought. I heard a loud snorting and puffing as some large animal pass ed hastily through the thick underwood beyond us. `Much use you two would have been suppose we had required help. unharnessing the ass to graze. and some potatoes lay about. carving. and cook the crab in a hollow gourd. sawing and scooping some manner of dish. lads. And just look at our fine potatoe s!' A good deal of joking on the subject ensued. who drew our attention to fruit resembling apples on the surrounding bushes. and from heat and thirst was suffering greatly until her friendly care revived it. shouting. bowl. snarling and grunting. who was in front. after him!' cried I. showing that we had dis turbed him at his mid-day meal. `After him. therefore. Ernest also wished to join us. `Ernest and I had a sort of a kind of prese ntiment that this was going to be the old sow. lest he should be lost in the woods. their great ambition being to heat the stones red hot. then the absurdity of the whole thing made us laugh heartily. where. turned with a face of terror. as I chose and cut down the gourds most likely to be useful. Their mother. and giving cocoanut milk to the poor little monkey. Fritz and I alone went after the dogs. and at tended to the hungry animals. so the boys propo sed to go in search of a spring. Our laughter resounding through the wood. its fierce spirit greatly tamed by adversity. Ernest and Jack were more disposed to gather the roots than to follow up the chase. and we felt half angry with the creature who had disappointed us. I s aw no objection to leaving their mother and Franz for a short time. hurrying forwards. Ernest. who e agerly pushed on. well. left them to their own devices. and after a time Fritz and Jack began to prepare a firepl ace. who had been obliged to travel in a covered bas ket for some time. the old lady was released from her ig nominious position. `A wild boar! An immense wild boar. and it was tied to a tree and allowed to move abou t. In a moment the truth became apparent! The captive grunter was no fierce native of the forest. We were to dine here. while the animal. and as our intention was to examine merely the surrounding wood. and calling off the dogs. according to his several taste or ability. The wounded bustard had been completely forgotten. `Ah.' cried Fritz. Terrific barking.' returned Jack.ious appearance and singular fruit caused much surprise and also amusement. father! Do come qu ick!' And.

Fritz feared that it might be the poiso nous manchineel. The boys seemed to think me as wonderful a person as a snake-charmer. which rose above the thickets. `would probably only wound the animal. I was glad to assure Jack that the str ange creature he had found was perfectly harmless. At the same time he opened his jaws. I f irst attached a cord and running-noose to a stout stick. for I beheld an iguana. I began to approach the creature with soft. with a grin. which I continued more and more distinctly as I drew near the lizard. thrust my rod into his nostril. stretching his limbs and moving his tail in token of enjoyment. I began gently to stroke and tickle him with the wand. when the boys took fright at the row of sh arp teeth. where w e can't get so much as a mouthful of water!' On advancing to where Jack stood. but arresting his hand--`Your shot. I was about to kill it by piercing the nostril--almost the only vulnerable part in this singular reptile-when Jack received such a slap from its tail. when he suddenly startled us by a loud cry of `A crocodile! Father! F ather! A crocodile!' `Nonsense. parched forest. as sent him rolling over like a nine-pin. slow steps. on which the blood flowed and th e lizard soon expired. but on examining it. drew the cord tight and. which it was furiously driving in all directions. awaking. yet very lively air. are you. in this dry. but. Suddenly. against which I once warned them. Jack preceded us. as well as of the means by which the lizard was slain. we must gain possession of the sleeping beau ty by a gentler method. it would certainly escape us. In another moment Fritz would have fired. All this time not a drop of water had we seen. and we made our way towards a high rock. availing myself of a movement of his head. I cast the noose over it. and the lizard gave signs of pleasurable contentment. and that its flesh being este emed a delicacy. one of the largest of the lizard specie s. and we collected a quantity in hop es that. wh ile the boys looked on with the utmost curiosity. When near enough. I was in duced to pronounce a more favourable opinion. placing my foot on the body. it would be a valuable prize to carry back with us.the grass beneath them. father?' asked Jack. and our own thirst increasing. until. contin uing to whistle the prettiest tunes I could think of. and a truly formidable-looking fellow. if the monkey approved of it as well as the old sow. and the s uccess of my stratagem. w e felt eager to procure some before returning to our resting-place. c . I perceived that his mistake was not so very silly after all. or to discover whence they came. failing.' I said. we might be able t o enjoy a feast ourselves. Presently I began very softly to whistle a sweet. and thinking that the sooner he was dead the better. The sow was making amends for the fright and pain she had endured by munching a nd crunching this fruit at a great rate. and being extremely tenacious of life. I tri ed to rebuke him for his impertinence. were for batteri ng him with sticks. I commenced operations. boy! A crocodile of all things.' `You are not going to kiss it. it seemed to listen with pleasure--raising its head as though better to catch the sounds. but I assuring them my method would kill him more quickly an d without pain. and holding a light swi tch in my other hand.

since they never had heard of the animal. when an unaccountable noise struck our ears. we observed our sow feasting on the acorns. which tasted like excellent chestnuts. There was so much to tell. Our road home lay through a majestic forest of oak trees. to fetch the sledge with the dishes. It was. so much to be seen. in fact. and thinking a large pa rty undesirable on the occasion. Fritz alone accompanied me. and our appearance. some of which we gathered as we went along. Many birds tenanted this grove. for indeed our protracted absence alarmed them. as we had originally intended. looked in vain for a spare seat on its back. until Fr itz fired and shot a beautiful blue jay. and a couple of parakeets. Passing through the wood of evergreen oaks. one a brilli ant scarlet. evidently not a whit the worse for the fright we had given her the prev ious day--in fact. po ssibly considering us as her deliverers from the jaws of the savage dogs. and no one thought even of the water we had vainly gone in sea rch of. befor e night closed in. having slyly possessed himself of some of our new-fo und apples. I felt sure there could be no danger. wh ich we were delighted to have. We shouted joyously in reply. because it appeared like the dull thumping sound of a muffled drum. she appeared more friendly disposed towards us than usual. although the dreadfu l creature on my back startled them not a little. and we thought it best not to enc umber ourselves with the sledge and the greater part of its load. nor of t he method of capturing it so commonly practised in the West Indies. Fritz was in the act of reloading his gun . so. without waiting to cook anything. I fairly took it on my back. beneath which lay num berless acorns. and marched off with it. we could hear the voices of the deserted mother and child calling us in anxious tones. with potatoes and roast acorns. and lit tle Franz. and as the bustard likewise pecked at them without hesitation. With the greatest caution we drew nearer the sound. a nd we were glad to eat the provisions we had brought from home. we all reached Falconhurst in safety. and remind ed us of the possible presence of savages. the other green and gold. we were thankful to recruit our exhausted strength by eating heartily of a piece of broiled iguana. a West Indian plant. this fruit rather sharpened than appeased our appetites. without more ado. and were undisturbed by our movements. concealing ourselves among . and on tasting them. bowls and baskets we had made. tired as he was. I concluded it was the fruit of the guava. intending to explore beyond the chain of rocky hills. as we issued fro m the woods. Chapter 7 The first thing to be done on the following day was to return to the Calabash W ood. and at length. I had a gre at dislike to killing any creature and leaving it useless behind me. I desired the other boys to remain with their mothe r. until Master Knips. Now came the question of how we were to carry this unwieldy burden.alled forth great admiration. The ass was laden with the iguana and the bustard. When supper was ready. that for a time hunger and thirs t were forgotten. As we came towards the Calabash Wood. high time to move homewards. was discovered munching away and enjoying them amazingly--which inst antly gave the boys a strong wish to eat some also. afforded them welcome relief from their fears. and put us instantly on the alert . Although refreshing. but to leave i t until the next day.

the low bushes and thick grass and creepers, until we reached an open glade; whe re, standing on an old prostrate log, was a beautiful bird, about the size of a cock, of a rich chestnut brown colour, finely mottled with dark brown and grey. On the shoulders were curious tufts of velvety black feathers, glossed with gree n. He was ruffling his wings, erecting his tail and neck feathers, strutting and wheeling about in a most strange and stately fashion. After manoeuvring for some time in this manner, greatly to the edification of a party of birds resembling him but without any ruff, who, assembled round the st ump, were enjoying his performances, he spread out his tail like a fan, stiffene d his wings, and began to strike with them in short, rapid beats, faster and fas ter, until a rumbling sound like very distant thunder was produced, and the whir ring wings enveloped him as in a cloud. This was the drumming noise which had alarmed us, increased, as I imagine, by t he wing strokes falling at times on the decayed and hollow stump on which the cu rious pantomime was acted. I was watching it with the utmost interest, when a shot from behind me was fire d, and in a moment the play was at an end; my over-hasty son had changed the pre tty comedy into a sad and needless tragedy. The enthusiastic drummer fell dead f rom his perch, and the crowd of admiring companions fled in dismay. The cruel interruption of a scene so rare and remarkable annoyed me extremely, and I blamed Fritz for firing without my leave. I felt sure the bird was the ruf fed grouse, and a very fine specimen. We placed it on the ass, which was patiently awaiting our return, and went on o ur way. The sledge was quite safe where we had left it; it was early in the day, and I resolved to explore, as I had intended, the line of cliff and rocky hills, which , at more or less distance from the seashore, extended the whole length of coast known or visible to us. I desired to discover an opening, if any existed, by which to penetrate the int erior of the country, or to ascertain positively that we were walled in and isol ated on this portion of the coast. Leaving Calabash Wood behind us, we advanced over ground covered with manioc, potatoes and many plants unknown to us; pleasan t streamlets watered the fruitful soil, and the view on all sides was open and a greeable. Some bushes attracted my notice, loaded with small white berries, of peculiar a ppearance like wax, and very sticky when plucked. I recognized in this a plant c alled by botanists Myrica cerifera, and with much pleasure explained to Fritz th at, by melting and straining these berries, we might easily succeed in making ca ndles, and afford very great satisfaction to his mother, who did not at all appr ove of having to lay her work aside and retire to rest the moment the sun set. The greenish wax to be obtained would be more brittle than bees' wax, but it wo uld burn very fairly, and diffuse an agreeable perfume. Having the ass with us, we lost no time in gathering berries enough to fill one of the large canvas bags he carried, and we then continued our route. Very soon we met with another natural curiosity, the curious appearance of whic h surprised us much. This was the abode, under one roof, of a whole colony of bi rds, about the size of yellowhammers, but of plain brown plumage. The nests were built in a mass round the stem and among the branches of a tree standing alone, and a kind of roof formed of grass, straws and fibres covered them all, and she ltered the community from rain and the heat of the sun.

There were numbers of openings into the irregular sides of the group of dwellin gs, the nests resembling different apartments in a house common to all; twigs an d small branches emerged here and there from the walls, and served as perches fo r the young birds, and resting-places and posts of observation for all. The gene ral appearance of the establishment reminded us of a huge bath-sponge. The feathered inhabitants swarmed in and out by thousands, and we saw among the m many beautiful little parrots, who seemed in many instances to contest possess ion of the nest with the lawful owners. Fritz, being an expert climber and exceedingly anxious to examine the nests mor e closely, ascended the tree, hoping to obtain one or two young birds, if any we re hatched. He put his hand into several holes, which were empty; but at last hi s intended theft and robbery met with repulse and chastisement he little expecte d; for, reaching far back into a nest, his finger was seized and sharply bitten by a very strong beak, so that with a cry he withdrew his hand, and shook it vig orously to lessen the pain. Recovering from the surprise, he again and more resolutely seized the unkind bi rd, and, despite its shrieks and screams, drew it from its retreat, crammed it i nto his pocket, buttoned up his coat and slid quickly to the ground, pursued by numbers of the captive's relations, who darted from the other holes and flew rou nd the robber, screeching and pecking at him in a rage. Fritz's prize was not one of the real owners of the nests, which were those of the sociable grosbeak, but a very pretty, small, green parrot, with which he was greatly pleased, and which he at once determined to tame and teach to speak; fo r the present, it was carefully remanded to prison in his pocket. This curious colony of birds afforded us matter of conversation as we went on o ur way; their cheerful sociable habits, and the instinct which prompted them to unite in labour for the common good, appearing most wonderful to us. `Examples of the kind, however,' said I, `are numerous, in various classes of a nimals. Beavers, for instance, build and live together in a very remarkable way. Among insects, bees, wasps, and ants are well known as social architects; in li ke manner, the coral insect works wonders beneath the ocean waves, by force of p erseverance and united effort.' `I have often watched ants at work,' said Fritz; `it is most amusing to see how they carry on the various works and duties of their commonwealth.' `Have you ever noticed how much trouble they take with the eggs?' inquired I, t o see how far he understood the process; `carrying them about in the warmth of t he sun until they are hatched?' `Ah! That is rather the chrysalis of the antworm, or larva, which is produced f rom an egg. I know they are called ants' eggs, but strictly speaking, that is in correct.' `You are perfectly right, my boy. Well, if you have taken so much interest in w atching the little ants of your native country, how delighted and astonished you would be to see the wonders performed by the vast tribes of large ants in forei gn lands. `Some of these build heaps or nests, four or six feet high and proportionately broad, which are so strong and firm that they defy equally sunshine and rain. Th ey are, within, divided into regular streets, galleries, vaults, and nurseries. So firmly are these mounds built, that with interior alterations, a deserted one

might be used for a baking-oven. `The ant, although respected since the days of King Solomon as a model of indus try, is not in itself an attractive insect. `It exudes a sticky moisture, its smell is unpleasant, and it destroys and devo urs whatever eatable comes in its way. Although in our own country it does littl e harm, the large ants of foreign lands are most destructive and troublesome; it being very difficult to check their depredations. Fortunately they have enemies by whose exertions their numbers are kept down; birds, other insects, and even four-footed beasts prey upon them. `Chief among the latter is the ant-eater, or tamanoir, of South America, a larg e creature six or seven feet in length, covered with long coarse hair, drooping like a heavy plume over the hind quarters. The head is wonderfully elongated and very narrow; it is destitute of teeth, and the tongue resembles somewhat a larg e great red earth-worm. It has immensely strong curved claws, with which it tear s and breaks down and scratches to pieces the hard walls of the ant-heaps; then, protruding its sticky tongue, it coils and twists it about among the terrified millions disturbed by its attack; they adhere to this horrible invader, and are drawn irresistibly backward into the hungry, toothless jaws awaiting them. `The little ant-eater is not more than about twenty-one inches in length, has a shorter and more natural looking head, and fine silky fur. It usually lives in trees.' I was pleased to find my memory served me so well on this subject, as it intere sted my boy amazingly; and occupied us for a considerable time while we traveled onward. Arriving presently at a grove of tall trees, with very strong, broad, thick lea ves, we paused to examine them; they bore a round fig-like fruit, full of little seeds and of a sour harsh taste. Fritz saw some gummy resin exuding from cracks in the bark, and it reminded him of the boyish delight afforded by collecting gum from cherry-trees at home, so that he must needs stop to scrape off as much as he could. He rejoined me presen tly, attempting to soften what he had collected in his hands; but finding it wou ld not work like gum, he was about to fling it away, when he suddenly found that he could stretch it, and that it sprang back to its original size. `Oh father, only look! This gum is quite elastic! Can it possibly be india-rubb er?' `What!' cried I, `Let me see it! A valuable discovery that would be, indeed; an d I do believe you are perfectly right!' `Why would it be so very valuable, father?' inquired Fritz. `I have only seen i t used for rubbing out pencil marks.' `India-rubber,' I replied, `or, more properly, caoutchouc, is a milky resinous juice which flows from certain trees in considerable quantities when the stem is purposely tapped. `These trees are indigenous to the South American countries of Brazil, Guiana, and Cayenne. The natives, who first obtained it, used it to form bottles by smea ring earthen flasks with repeated coatings of the gum when just fresh from the t rees, and when hardened and sufficiently thick, they broke the mold, shook out t he fragments, and hung the bottles in the smoke, when they became firmer, and of a dark color.

`While moist, the savages were in the habit of drawing rude figures and lines o n the resin by way of adornment; these marks you may have observed, for the bott les obtained from the natives by the Spaniards and Portuguese have for years bee n brought to Europe, and cut into portions to be sold for use in drawing. Caoutc houc can be put to many uses, and I am delighted to have it here, as we shall, I hope, be able to make it into different forms; first and foremost, I shall try to manufacture boots and shoes.' Soon after making this discovery, we reached the cocoanut wood, and saw the bay extending before us, and the great promontory we called Cape Disappointment, wh ich hitherto had always bounded our excursions. In passing through the wood, I r emarked a smaller sort of palm, which, among its grand companions, I had not pre viously noticed. One of these had been broken by the wind, and I saw that the pi th had a peculiar mealy appearance, and I felt convinced that this was the world -renowned sago-palm. In the pith I saw some fat worms or maggots, and suddenly recollected that I ha d heard of them before as feeding on the sago, and that in the West Indies they are eaten as a delicacy. I felt inclined to try what they tasted like; so at once kindling a fire, and p lacing some half dozen, sprinkled with salt, on a little wooden spit, I set them to roast. Very soon rich fat began to drop from them, and they smelt so temptingly good, that all repugnance to the idea of eating worms vanished; and, putting one like a pat of butter on a baked potato, I boldly swallowed it, and liked it so much, that several others followed in the same way. Fritz also summoned courage to par take of this novel food; which was a savoury addition to our dinner of baked pot atoes. Being once more ready to start, we found so dense a thicket in the direct route , that we turned aside without attempting to penetrate it, and made our way towa rds the sugar-brake near Cape Disappointment. This we could not pass without cut ting a handsome bundle of sugar-canes, and the donkey carried that, in addition to the bag of wax berries. In time we reached the sledge in Calabash Wood: the ass was unloaded, everythin g placed on the sledge, and our patient beast began calmly and readily to drag t he burden he had hitherto borne on his back. No further adventure befell us, and we arrived in the evening at Falconhurst, w here our welcome was as warm as usual--all we had to tell, listened to with the greatest interest, all we had to show, most eagerly examined, the pretty green p arakeet enchanting the boys most particularly. An excellent supper was ready for us, and with thankful hearts we enjoyed it to gether; then, ascending to our tree-castle, and drawing up the ladder after us, we betook ourselves to the repose well earned and greatly needed after this fati guing day. The idea of candle-making seemed to have taken the fancy of all the boys; and n ext morning they woke, one after the other, with the word candle on their lips. When they were thoroughly roused they continued to talk candles; all breakfast-t ime, candles were the subject of conversation; and after breakfast they would he ar of nothing else but setting to work at once and making candles. `So be it,' said I, `let us become chandlers.' I spoke confidently, but, to tel l the truth, I had in my own mind certain misgivings as to the result of our exp

until we had collected sufficient liquid wax for our purpose. and Falconhurst was for the first time brilliantly illuminated. `You are indeed cleve r. `Here.' They did so. be the weather bad as it might. In this cradle they placed the gou rd of cream. I will see what I can do. The green sweet-scented wax was rapidly melted. and to them fastened a square piece of sai lcloth by four cords attached to the corners. and dipped them one after the other int o the wax. In the first place. rolled it backwards and forwards continuous ly for half an hour. with my compliments. Day after day. repeating the operation several times. under my direction. and the boys. we hung these in a cool shady place t o harden.' I took the gourd. and each taking a side.' I cried. I rather doubted how far my memory would recall the va rious operations necessary in the manufacture. and that same night we sat up like civilized beings three whole hours after sunset. a clumsy vehicle it wa s. Besides this. were so on at work. and became rea l sturdy candles. but strong enough for any purpose to which we might put it. an d between them we laid down a tolerable road. this I partially filled with cream an d then corked up the hole tightly. which is necessary to make candles burn for any length of time with brilliancy. they at length assumed very fair proportions. that is due to the Hottentots.' I replied after a little consideration. handing them as I did so to Fritz. of immense use to us in collecting the harvest. Our wax being at an end. `not that I can claim the honour of the invention of my plan. They fixed four posts in the ground. I t hen took the wicks my wife had prepared.' said my wife. I have the annoyance of seeing a large supply of go od cream go bad under my very eyes. We planted the vines round the arched roots of our great mangrove.eriment. boys. simply because I have no use to which to put it. The walnut. which we had planted in a plot ready for transplanting. by repeating the opera tion several times. We first picked off the berries and threw them into a large shallow iron vessel placed on the fire. This we skimmed off a nd placed in a separate pot by the fire. Of all this. bring me one of our gourd bottles.' `I think that perhaps I can help you. and the rest . but. With my son's assistance the cart was in time completed. Invent a plan. looking up from my work. with a small hole at one end and well hollowed-out and cleaned. `I only wish that with your ingenuity you would show me how to make butter. however. I said nothing. as it proved . I knew that we lacked a very important ingredient-animal fat. We then turned our attention to our fruit trees. Jack. who hung them up on a bush to dry. please do. cherry. one of those I had previously prepared. was not very thick. an d then set about my own work. rising to the surface of the juice yielded by the berries. We were all delighted with the success of our experiment. The coating they thus obtained. and. and my good wife's eyes were delighted with the sight of a large l ump of capital fresh butter. `you can continue the operation while I turn carpenter an d make a cart to take the place of our sledge. ready for use. that we might have no difficulty i n reaching Tentholm. `Now. and chestnut trees we arranged in parallel rows so as to form a shady avenue from Falconhurst to Family-bridge.' said I. `open the gourd and take the contents to your mother.' I gave them their directions.

of the trees in suitable spots. should they appear. at a spot from whence we might obtain a g ood view of the wreck. and we returne d on shore. `Come. that it was having a less satisfactory effect upon their clothes. boys. tables. Not satisfied with this. to pay another visit to the wreck. b arrels of pitch. I also saw. most untidy and disreputable. before we started again. a sullen roar boomed across the sea. were now. the train lighted. in s pite of mending and patching. I have left two ba rrels of gunpowder on board. Darkness came on. and it was with pleasure that we sa w the shore lined with a rich store of planks and beams. rummage her out to the very bottom of her hold. My first care. I determined. and on that day always especially thanked God for our continued health and safety. that when the ship we nt up it might float. to replenish our wa rdrobe and to see how much longer the vessel was likely to hold together. We soon returned with our tub-boat in tow. six weeks of hard ye t pleasant labour. and after a few more trips nothing w as left on board. `and there will be the end of the brave ship which carried us from Switzerland.' said I to my wife. and I now turned all my attention thither.' Before we lighted the fuse. We loaded the pinnace and went on shore. Next morning all our sadness was dispelled. all were soon in a heap on the deck. window shutters. to adorn Tentholm.' cried I. man or beast. a few more planks had gone. It was not my ambition to make it beautiful. therefore.' They took me at my word: sailors' chests. however. however. bales of cloth and linen. bolts and locks. We had planned the destruction of the vessel. but to form of it a safe place of refuge in a case of emergency. The supper was laid outside the tent. and mean to blow her up. but that was all. and sw imming. I made fast to it a couple of empty casks. `One more trip. leaping. capable of protec ting us from any wild animal. We greeted each Sunday and its accompanying rest most gratefu lly. I discovered a large copper cauldron which I though t I might save. benches. and this I encouraged by making them practise running. Six weeks slipped away while we were thus busily occupied. climbing. as t hough we had lost a dear old friend. and yet that night we went to bed with a feeling of sadness in our hearts. and on a couple of hillocks mounted two guns which we brought from the wreck. which. and we knew that our g ood old ship was no more. Three of the boys and I went off in the pinnace. though a short time before remarkably neat. was to plant a thick prickly hedge. I soon saw that this hard work was developing in the boys remarkable strength. therefore. ball and shot. Suddenly a vivid pillar of fire rose fr om the black waters. The old ship seemed in much the same condition as when we had left her. and forming a tolerable obstacle to the attack of even savages. a couple of small guns. we knew that it was for the best. The barrels were placed. Tentholm had been the subject of serious thoughts to me for some time past. `not an article of the slightest value must be left on b oard. we fortified the bridge. and with whose angry mouths we might bark defiance at any enemy. and others away over Jac kal river. some near Falconhurst. the remnants of the wre .

and there I called a halt. for I wished to gather a s ack or two of the berries that we might renew our stock of candles. `Now for the caoutchouc tree.' said I. this I got on shore. and passing gaily through the plantations of potatoes. and they pr esently appeared waddling past us. and. a large supply of ammunition. Everyone was delighted. and I announ ced my intention of paying them a visit. and pouncing out on us at nig ht. As Fritz was the only one besides myself who had visited Cape Disappointment an d the surrounding country. and this resolved me to make an expedition next day to cut bamboos f or their support. No. I much prefer our nest in the tree.' The sight of these birds reminded me of our family at Falconhurst. crossing the palm wood. bringing with us th e cart. for I intended to make a great collection o f fruits and the produce of different trees. imagine a great tiger lying in wait in the thicket yonder. supper pr epared. `Hurrah!' cried Ernest. entered upon a delightful plain bounded on one side by an extensive field of waving sugar-cane. some to cut bamboos. We must make this our headquarters for the present. my wife and the younger boys begged hard to be allowe d to accompany me. a large fire lit. and hauling it up among the rocks. Ca ll a halt and pitch the tent. It was a lovely morning.' To the caoutchouc tree we directed our steps.' Our beasts were quickly unyoked. the copper cauldron which was successfully floated by the casks. As we approached Falco nhurst I noticed that several young trees in our avenue were considerably bent b y the wind. `now for waterproof boots and leggings t o keep your feet dry. the tent arranged. `We'll be able to afford duck and green peas some day s oon. and while we were t hus engaged my wife brought us good news. and some to . it is the most convenient spot we shall find. too. we came to the nests of the sociable grosbeak. though perhaps dangerous. thank you. calm and noiseless.' replied I. for. It would be jolly. drawn by the cow and ass. The berries were soon plucked. and we dispersed in various directions. `Let us pitch our tent here and stay here alwa ys instead of living at Falconhurst. `and so would be the attacks of wild beasts. the sight o f which charmed the children immensely. I soon found. We again moved forward. and a ll sorts of implements and utensils. I consented. and everyone would come with me. however. and I stored them away amongst the bushes. We reached the wax trees. marking the spot t hat we might find them on our return. and laden with everything necessary for an exp edition of several days--a tent. We greeted them joyfully. and imagine we're once more civilized mortals. stored under it the powder casks we had landed the day before. and were soon busily engaged in stabbing the bark and placing vessels beneath to ca tch the sap. and next morning we started. Collecting all these valuables gave us some little trouble. on the oth er by a thicket of bamboos and lovely palms. apparently vastly well-pleased with their per formance. or our impregnable po sition at Tentholm. while in front stretched the shinin g sea. She had discovered that two ducks and a goose had each reared a large family among the reeds by the river. Ernest. manioc and cassavas.' `Very likely. `How beautiful!' exclaimed Jack. no.

and with a loop of rope passed round their body and the trunk o f the tree. No sooner had he done so than Fritz and Jack burst into a roar of laughter.collect sugar-cane. Taste i t. what are you waiting up there for?' `I am coming presently. `Here. `We can climb. `You have retrieved your character. no assistance was to be had from either monkeys or land-crabs.' he exclaimed. come down and receive the thanks of the company. for. and which I now bound on to their legs. `Here.' he said. and. you young athletes. I hope it will be as fully appreciated as the first. throwing down the best fruit from each. and have provi ded for it.' He spoke truly: the cabbage-palm is rare. and the tuft of leaves at its summit is greatly prized by the South Americans for its great delicacy and highly nutri tive qualities.' said Fritz. `Your very good healt h. boys. They then returned. and in a merry tone he shouted: `Jack. `I foresaw this difficulty. `Bravo!' I cried. quickly reached the summit. he sprang to h is feet. and together we watched the boys as they ascended tree after tree. presented her with the nutshell he had taken up with him. who had been quietly browsing near us. they decided to obtain some cocoanuts. before they had accomplished one quarter of the distance they found themselves slipping rapidly to the ground. excellent. as it seemed in a fit of anger. B ut a bright smile greeted me.' said he. and they gaz ed up with longing eyes at the fruit above them. and . `Give me a cocoanut shell. I gave him one. on this sarcastic remark. mother. We then returned. my dear boy!' We drank the rosy wine in turn. He had swarmed a tree which bore no nuts. Thus equipped they again attem pted the ascent.' So saying I held up buskins of shark's skin which I had previously prepared. surprised at such a display of temper. with an agility which surprised us all. The professor had been lying on the grass gazing at the palms. our donkey. and while we were enjoying our supper before our tent. `up with you. This time. bright and sparkling. and. advancing to his mother. and he put it in his pocke t.' cried I. that is only half my co ntribution. `Excellent. and it is worth all your nuts put together. as supper was still not quite ready and the boys were hungry. howe ver.' The shell was filled with a clear rosy liquor. My wife tasted it. `is a wine which the greatest connoisseur would prize. but to no purpose. Ernest apparently heard them. which f ell to the ground. he drew his knife and severed the leafy crest. I glanced up at him.' In a short time he slipped down the tree. `with the second half of my contribution. suddenly set up a loud bray. `Willingly. and seizing a pair of buskins he quickly don ned them. It was getting late. right vigorously they struggled upwards.' Jack and he each rushed at one of the smooth slippery trunks. My wife joined me. pick that palm-cabbage up and take it to father. quickly reache d the top. and jestingly begged Ernest to produce the result of his labour. but.' he replied.' she exclaimed. and Ernest received hearty thanks from all. and. He ran to a tree.

and. I was annoyed by this incident. and. we were obliged to abandon the chase. threw up his heels. They bellowed loudly. and we quickly set out. I bade them sle ep with their weapons by their sides. as I required the dogs to assist me in the searc h. browsing on the rich grass. the reeds themselves make masts for their canoes. pricked up his ears. but without moving. I now almost turned back in despair. `Back to the thicket. and bade Jack get ready for a d ay's march.' I consented. and as we discussed the possibility of cutting one down and carrying a portion of it home. we reached the border of the marsh. which is greatly prized by the Indians on account of its extreme usefulness. and galloped off into the thicket of bamboos. and I sent the dogs in chase. Jack would have fired. for the donkey seem ed to have joined in with a herd of some larger animals. Sometimes we lost the track for a while. I explained this to Jack. wi shing to ascertain whether this was so. in spite of our shouts and efforts to restrain them. and sometimes plunging knee-deep through a swamp. directed by the print of the ass's hoof s. through bushes. and emerged upon the plain. They looked up.' said he. Do let us go on. `For. and get as near as possible to the animals without disturbing them. We at length reached the border of a wide plain. but they returned without our friend. and. I was delighted. I determined to leave and looked out. This arrangement delighted him. and even alarmed. while each joint will form a c ask or box. I said nothi ng of this to my family. for I had little doubt that the bamboos we were among were of the same species. making up an unusually large fire. in the dista nce. and we again pushed forwards. For an hour or more we trudged onwards. and. and tore it up with their horns. The bamboos were huge. with whose hoof-prints his had mingled. for not only had we lost the ass. A bright morning awoke us early. and stared at us inquisitively. and seized a buffalo calf. We hurriedly breakfasted. and. and then dashed madly towards us. thinking that perha by the light of the fires. I knew not whether he was aware. I resolved to make a detour through a ba mboo marsh. but I checked him. as we made our way through them. I left my elder sons to protect their mother. pawed t he ground. but I knew not what had occasioned his sudden flight. and have seen. `if we once get upon a hill we shall see such a large herd as th is must be at almost any distance. and I rose ps our poor donkey might have been attracted returned. but Jack urged me to continue the search. as it was late. father. not a sign of him was to be e so valuable a beast. many of them over thirty feet in height.' I said. and on it. without the least apparent cause. and over torrents. Finally this guide failed us altogether. `and keep back the dogs!' We began to retreat. Alas. of the approach of some fierce wild beast. It struck me tha t it might be the very herd to which our good donkey had joined himself. and we all lay down. We . I remembered an account of the giant cane of South Americ a. the dogs joined us. and then again discovered it as we r eached softer soil. but before we were again under cover. by instinct. but.. I could see a herd of animals. As we could not afford to los no attempt untried to regain him. There we suddenly found ourselves face to face with the herd which we sought--a herd of buffaloes. We followed for a short distance. they dashed forwards. s ometimes cutting our way with an axe. This was a signal to the whole herd to attack us.

An amusing contest ensued. and I could not hesitate. and a couple of steaks. I knew not. if we could but capture him alive. lying panting on the ground. thus secured. for I knew that the bird or two he might kill would be of no use to us. returned reinforced by others who swarmed to the spot. We again made our way through the bamboos. with discordant cries. He fell dead at my feet. but with their utmost efforts could not bring him to the ground. suddenly devised a plan for their aid. turned tail and galloped off across the plain. with that marvellous instinct which always l eads them to a dead body. I drew a pistol and fired. and as it was getting late. while his shot would not drive away the re st. sw ooped down upon the buffalo. packing them in salt in my wallet.' said Jack. vultu res. was follo wing us passively. and to return to our camp. and when the blood flowed less free ly. which was coiled round his body. passed a stout cord through the hole. the largest of whose joints would form capital little barrels. crows and other birds of prey. were not to have undisputed possession of the carcase. `what are we to do with him?' `I will show you. `Now we have got him. abandoned the rest to the dogs. How to assist them without shooting the poor beast. wished to send a shot in amongst the robber band. we might i n time manage to tame him. His fall checked the advance of the rest. with a dog on either side and the rope through his nose. I de termined to give up for the present the search for the ass.' The bull. as often. as he looked at the poor beast. Jack. and subdued and overawed. he followed us without resistance. as the young bull f lung up his heels. and this I was unwilling to do. and the animal was at ou r mercy. They fell upon it greedily. and. I cu t down one of the smallest of the reeds. I now turned my attention to the dead buffalo. They were gone. but the dogs still held gallantly to the calf. he cast it and caught him by his hind legs. and in a twinkling the beast was upon the ground. Both we and the dogs were at length satisfied. and we presently induced him to submit to a package of our go . however. and. but before we left the thicket. could not move. and we retired under the shade to enjoy a meal after our hard work. `help me to fasten his forelegs together. freed the animal. and you sh all see the next operation. however. but it was a case of necessity. The dogs. for I hoped that. quickly filled the air. and they. So close was he that my gun was useless. They halted. I contented myself with cutting off the most delicate parts. but as I could not then skin it. snuffed the air. its tongue. He unwound the lasso.' said I. We fastened the other end of the cord round a stout bamboo. even had we wished it. set him upon his legs. They dragged and tussled with him. I felt some repugnance at thus paining the animal. the dogs again and again drove off the intruders. but I prevented him. and with his usual promp titude he at once put it into execution. Jack's clever littl e head. We united the ends of the cord. with his usual impetuosity.had not time to step behind a rock before the leader was upon us. while those near the tapering top would serve as moulds for our next batch of candles. called off the dogs. and. and while Jack held his head I drew my knife and pierced the cartilage of his nose. and use him as a beast of burden. The buffalo. The noose drew ti ght.

It wa s late before we reached our camp. without pity for their youth or beauty. the palisa de round the hut had been partly destroyed. and give a plain and unvarnished account of the affair. and had. had he saved them. but with so m uch boasting and self-glorification. a troop of apes had visited the tent. for I firmly believe that. Directly Jack heard this. the potatoes thrown about. and presently emerged bearing i n his arms a handsome cub of a beautiful golden yellow and about the size of a s mall cat. We peered into the darkness. Fritz had gone down to the shore and. Jack eager to display our lat est acquisition. No one would have guessed what had occu rred from the delicious supper we were eating. that I was obliged to check him. Both dogs instant ly flew at the animal. As it was I considered th at one jackal was. and when they return ed. Franz and his mother had collected dry wood. and as we sat at that meal. Jack would have insisted upon bringing up the whole litter. contrived to fel l it. every box had been peeped into. The sight of the new animals delighted the children immensely. of which a huge heap now stoo d before the tent sufficient to keep up a fire all the rest of the time we shoul d stay on the spot. with graphic power certainly. We pushed rapidly forward. and in their opi nion amply compensated for the loss of our poor donkey.ods laid upon his back. Supper-time arrived. This he did. am . Industriously had the boys worked to repair the damage. nothing had been left untouched. After matters had been again arranged. whose long sharp leaves form an excellent barrier if it is planted as a hedge. quickly overpowered an d throttled her. the milk drunk and spilt. He was the only one of the brood he had managed to save. and when we returned no t a sign was to be seen of the disorder. During the halt we had made. Jack had to answer a hos t of questions concerning their capture. Fritz had gone off shooting and had secured a good bag. While they had been thu s variously employed. for which Jack and I were hear tily thankful. Ernest had discovered a sago-palm. I recognized it as the dwarf-palm. The provisions were e aten and gnawed. a nd after a while. Juno da shed ahead. and that he was quite sure the old one was not there. I did no t much regret this. where we found our family anxiously awaiting our return. As we repassed the rocky bed of a stream we had crossed in the morning. for I thought it possible that the male jac kal might be still lying in wait within the cave. had worried all the rest. with our young bull. and to give a minute account of the aff ray with the buffaloes. followed closely by the dogs. Jack declared he could discern the little yellow jackals. and was about to rush into a cleft between the rocks. quite sufficient an addition to our live stock. From the way the beast had shown fight. they found the place ransacked and turned upside down. and though she fought desperately. I concluded that her yo ung must be close by. he wished to creep in and bring out the young jackals . and as I now was again about to move on. I hesitated to allow him to do so. for Turk and Juno. my wife and her party proceeded to give an account of their day's work. after much labour. however. every pot and pan had been divested of its lid. He then crept in. I had fastened the buffalo to a small tree. probably within the very cleft Juno was about to enter. I determine d to return and get some young plants to strengthen our hedge at Tentholm. when the appea rance of a large jackal suddenly checked her further progress.

As the sun rose above the horizon. Is my plan wor th consideration?' `Indeed it is. and with the tools we had with us attempted to split the t runk. avoiding anything lik e a thicket. be made to carry water from Jackal River to Tentholm. each mus t look after his own. and we lay down and were soon fast asleep . `Look here though. This new oc cupation kept us busy until the evening. . whether beast or bird. with difficulty. At daybreak we were on foot. after some persuasion he consented. from the tough wood fibres. our task was less difficult. we might make a couple of long useful troughs which migh t. we. Mark that and remember it!' My wife looked greatly relieved at this announcement.' said Ernest. I would put off our departure for a day. a store of cocoanuts and our other possessions.' They were all delighted.' said I. and I sent Ernest and Jack aside to visit the store we had made on our outward journey. I hope. and even little Franz begged to be allowed to help. disengagi ng it. at each end. Jack took his little pet in his arms. `Now. however. This accomplished. and soon put his strengt h to the work and brought the cart along famously. and then with an axe and saw managed to insert a wedge. Before we retired for the night I prepared the buffalo-meat I had brought. could not pass directly by the candleberry and caout chouc trees. I am going to teach yo u to knead.' I replied. a goodl y caravan. therefore. and when it was at length completed we loaded the cart with the sago. we packed up our tent and set forth. we set to work right heartily. and I am not going to have your mother troubled with the care of them all. and determined if possible to make the young buffalo take the place of our lost donkey. I set it at liberty. As we had the trough slung un der the cart we had to choose the clearest possible route. From one half of the trunk we then removed the pith. `you have no idea what a trouble it was to cut it down. `and at all events we must not abandon such a valuab le prize as a sago-palm.' We went to the palm. t hat we might be ready to start early on the following morning. for with a heavy mallet we forced the wedge in further and further. I left a portion of the pith untouched. `You are not going to despise my sago. As the dough was formed and properly kneaded. boys. I thought it unfair to the cow to make her drag such a load as we now had alone. Er nest brought a couple of pitchers of water. I lit a large fire of green wood. `you are now collecting a good many pets. We then properly secured all the animals. and began to prepare for a return to Falconhurst. and throwing it in amongst the pith. when we had removed the pith from the other half of the tr unk. and I have been thinking too that if we co uld but split the tree. We first sawed off the upper end. and if I find one neglected. I handed it to my wife who spread it out on a cloth in the sun to dry. he was much pleased with his discov ery. rather than le ave it behind. I think. and in the smoke of this thorou ghly dried both the tongue and steaks.' said I. thus forming a trough in which to work the sag o. until at length the trunk wa s split in twain. and I recommended him to bring the bird up and try to train it to hunt as a falcon. boys. had discovered a young eaglet which Erne st declared to be a Malabar or Indian eagle. `off with your coats and turn up your shirt-sleeves. and the boys promised to obey my directions.ongst the rocks at Cape Disappointment.

Ernest. so that he must inhale it. raised his head. `don't kill the poor creature. gazing stupidly at the young smoker. determined that his pet should at present do no harm.They had not long been gone when I was alarmed by a most terrible noise accompa nied by the furious barking of the dog and shouts from Jack and Ernest. I w ill accept Knips as a mark of your gratitude. give him to me. we left her alone with her family and proceeded to Falconhurst. no. secured hi m by the leg to a root of the fig-tree and uncovered his eyes. and were lying prostrate on the ground.' Fritz hesitated. and as each cloud circled round the eagle's head he became quieter and quieter. and his savage nature from that moment subdued. however. and received us with manifesta tions of joy.' he said. darted to the full length of his chain. A most ludicrous scene awaited me when I reached the spot. I did not join my boys in their triumphal dance. and he was about to put an end to the savage bird. `Capital!' cried Fritz. he is but following his nat ural instincts. and I wished the wound in his nostrils to become comp letely cicatrized before I again put him to work. They were dancing an d shouting round and round a grassy glade. `I will tell you my plan. In a moment the a spect of the bird was changed. others were bent. We were not a moment too soon. The animals were delighted to see us back again.' Fritz was rather inclined to ridicule the plan. he flapped his wings. lay our old sow. and immediately returned to t he cart to obtain biscuits and potatoes for the benefit of the happy mother. Fritz. I ran to their assistance. and diggin . The buffalo we left behind. `I don't want really to kill the bird. and I will tame him. surrounded by a promising litter. and you shall have Master Knips. who still struggled f uriously. but I was nevertheless very mu ch pleased at the sight of the flourishing family. `capital. as he hooded the bird. and I as nearly as possible followed their example. some few only remained erect. and send the smoke all round his head. for in the centre. and as we could not then take the sow with us. but knowing that Ernest general ly had a good reason for anything of the sort that he proposed. and puffed cloud after cloud upwards. previously so alarming. by degrees he will beco me stupefied. many of the young trees which before threatened to fall had now fulfilled their promise. `No. tell me how to tame him. with his sight returned all his savage instincts. and tore it to pieces. He soon seated himself beneath the bird. and before anyone could prevent him seized the unfortunate parrot which stood ne ar. Fritz's anger rose at the sight.' `Very well. Jac k and Ernest meanwhile pushed further on. for his services were not needed.' replied Ernest. We raised the trees. whose squeals. were now subsiding into comfortable grunts of recognition. Thinking that the boys had been attacked by some wild beast. and. but looked askance at the new pets. and brought back the sack of candleber ries and the caoutchouc. Take a pipe and tobacco. if it succeeds. The eagle especially came in for shy glances. he consented to make the attempt.' said Ernest. but I can't give him up. until he sat quite still.' Chapter 8 Next morning the boys and I started with the cart laden with our bundles of bam boos to attend to the avenue of fruit trees. and promised to be no favourite. Knips is yours . `Stop.

about seventy years befor e Christ. `are these wild or tame trees?' `Oh. `Hazelnuts also come from Pontus.' `Do you think all these trees will grow?' asked Fritz. when the Romans invaded England they found nothing in the way of fruit t rees but the crab-apple. gravely. `where did the slips of good fruit come from. while in England and Germany. and in a year or two the branch which it would then grow would be laden with good ap ples. not such fruit as the original stock wo uld have borne. in many parts of the world.' asked Ernest. they are of the greatest antiquity. if we have a sour crab tree. pista . papa?' `They are not wild. `It is only in the cold climate of our par t of the world that they require this grafting. they shall have a ring through their noses like the buffalo!' `That's not true. in Asia. a state of Pontus. insert it in an eye of the former. but such as the tree from which it was taken would have produced . and raspberries were produced.' I replied. No European tree bears good fruit until it is grafted!' I saw a pu zzled look come over the little boy's face as he heard this new word.' I continued. filberts. they are called cherries from Cerasus. a knot or hole in the branch of another. walnuts. the most luscious fruit trees are indigenous t o the soil. and I hast ened to explain it. `but grafted or cultivated or. `Grafting. but by grafting on thes e. whence the y were brought to Europe by Lucullus. these same trees require the utmost exertion of horticultural skil ls to make them bring forth any fruit whatever. a Roman general. and ev en in France. not even the name of the m.' laughed Jack. as we crossed Jackal Riv er and entered our plantation at Tentholm.' `I am afraid we cannot even claim cherries as our own. `Thus. as you call them . and an apple tree bearing fine ribston pipp ins. `and we are tyi ng them up lest they should run away. if you remember. pomegranates. and bramble bushes. without the slightest care of attention being bestowed upon them. Which are these.' replied Franz. we will t ame them. Th is twig or slip then grows and produces.' `But. and flourish and bear sweet. father? May we not even call cherries Swiss? I always thought t hey grew nowhere else. wholesome fruit. came originally from Persia. nut bushes. and they have been brought from one place to another unt il they now are to be found in most parts of the civilized world. tame trees. most ferocious trees. drove in stout bamboo props.g deeply at their roots. to which we lashed them fi rmly with strong broad fibres. `Papa. `Here are lemons. of Noah cultivating vines. again. as we were thus engaged. we would take a slip of the latter. and it was the same in our own dear Switzerland--all our fruit trees were imported.' `Were cherries. and the tame ones in t he garden like the pears and peaches at home. that is. Oh. As for grapes. Thus. `is the process of inserting a slip or twig of a tree into what is called an eye. in m ore southern latitudes than ours. We hear.' said Franz. if none grow without grafting?' `From foreign countries. the wild ones grow out in the woods like the crab-apples. and he handed me the fibres as I r equired them.' I replied. `but there are wild and tame trees. these are wild trees. and in a little while we will untie them a nd they will trot about after us and give us fruit wherever we go. fine apples.

if the trunk be sufficiently hollow to contain a swarm of bees.' Master Jack. which has enabled us to import and cultivate the trees of other lands. I think that the nest itself is perfect. who were the tenants of this interesting trunk . It was with difficulty that we got rid of the angry insects. in their eagerness. `and I went to look at them and one flew right ag ainst my face and stung me. and turned over every plan for its accomp lishment.' I replied. but I should like to be able to get to it without scaling that dre adful ladder every time. `However. They forgot. come from France. I think my good wife was almost alarmed at the way we fell upon the corned beef and palm-cabbage she set before us. who had been the first to reach the hole. they swarmed round them.' said I.' We thus talked and worked until every tree that required the treatment was prov ided with a stout bamboo prop. The rest followed his example. `we are evidently within the tropics. `that you would invent some other plan for climbing to the nest above us. settled in their hair. the figs originally from the island of Chios. `to make stairs outside. `It would be impossible. and pursued them as they ran to me for assistance. could you not make a flight of steps to reach it?' I carefully thought over the project. disturbed by this unusua l noise. and I almost cried. and they were all soon climbing about like squirrels peeping into the hole.' said my wife. plums from Damascus in Syria. and mulberries. we returned to Falconhurst. with appetites which a gourmand might w ell have envied. and Italy. practical as usual. and neck. Spain. it may be for all we can tell hollow the greater part o f its length. and the pears of all sorts fro m Greece. for the bees. for like the willow in our own country it might draw all its nouri shment through the bark. They were soon reminded of it. Did you not tell me the other day that you noticed bees coming from a hole in the tree?' `Oh. face.' `I have little doubt of it. stung them on the hands. yes.' said I. and were able to a ttend to the boys. I am afraid.chio nuts.' said little Franz. More than once have I thought that this trunk mi ght be hollow or partly so. now. As we sat re clining after our labour and digesting our dinner we discussed the various proje cts we had in contemplation. with an angry buzz burst out and in an instant attacked the causers of the annoyance. but wit hin the trunk it might be done. instantly sprang to his feet to put my conject ure to the proof. had fared the . I really wish for no thing better. `These pines. if our countries have not been blessed in the same way with fruit. and one after another declared himself satisfied. and then. however. and if such be the case our task would be comparativ ely easy. the olives from Armenia and Palestine. and tapping the wood to discover by sound how far down the cavity extended. and in spite of its real unsoundness retain a flourishi ng appearance. `I wish. now.' `Brave little boy. but at length these good things produced th e desired effect. `Well. we have been given wisdom and skill. but I didn't. the preaches and ap ricots from Persia. Jack. w here such trees as these are sure to flourish.

worst and was soon a most pitiable sight. It was well I did so. we did not take out. As rapidly I then took every atom of wax and honey from their storehouse. that. we might not lose them entirely. as the bees returned to consciousness. now se ttling here and now there. and then when all the bees had a gain returned to their trunk. They seemed astonished at finding this uninhabitable. We first separated the honey from the honeycomb and poured it off into jars and pots. with Fritz's assistance I carefully stopped up eve ry hole in the tree with wet clay. backwards and forwards between the gourd and tree. when we had driven the insects from their present abode. his face swelled to an extraordinary degree. and was su bsiding into a mere murmur. for. placing it upon a board nailed horizontally within the trunk. The humming and buzzing that went on within was tremendous. f or I intended to make a beehive. until. we cut a small door by the side of the ho le. Nothing more however could then be done. at length. `quick with a hammer and chisel. I then cut an arched opening in the front for a doorway. To prevent the possibility of this occurrence I took a quantity of toba cco. that the bees might not issue forth next morn ing before we could begin operations. they left the ir pretty hive and buzzed away to the trunk of the tree. Very early were we up and at work. By the time I had finished this second pipe all was still. The bees were now safely removed from the trunk. and inserted one end through the clay into the tree. and. as they clung in clusters to the sides of the tree. The buzzing was now becoming less noisy. and. Carefully but rapidly we removed the insects. I lighte d it and allowed it to burn slowly that the fumes might fill the cavity. and putting my thumb over the end of the cane. I first took a large calabash gourd. I first took a hollow cane. and we ventured to ope n the cask in which we had stored our plunder. and an immense deal of noisy humming ensued. and placed them in the hive prepared for their reception.' said I. Fritz. They were all eager to commence an organized attack upon the bee s at once. The lower half of the gourd I f lattened. and put i t in a cask I had made ready for the purpose. after due consideration. then giving the bees a final do se of tobacco smoke. but for an hour or more by reason of their pain they were unable to r ender me much assistance. and it was only by the constant application of cold earth that the pain was alleviated. the bees were stupefied. I waited till dark. but I could not tell whether. we opened it. I finished my first pipeful. they took possession of the hive and abandoned their former habitation to us the invaders of their territory. I gave the pipe to Fritz to refill. this door however. and insist on returning to their old q uarters. H e did so and I again smoked. for the irritated bees were still angr ily buzzing round the tree. made a straw roof as a protection from the rain and heat. In the meanwhile I made my arrangements. and the little house was complete. the bees evidently could not understand what was going to happen. By the evening they were quite quiet. down this tube with pipe and tobacco I smok ed most furiously. but we left it attached by one corne r that it might be removed at a moment's notice. they might not refuse to occupy t he house with which I had presented them. the rest we then took and threw into a vessel of water placed over a slow . `Now then. Roun d and round they flew. and stand here besi de me.' He was up in a moment. when they revived from their temporary stupor. together.

in this we cut n otches to receive the steps. The honey was thus soon forced out. but. To make the ascent of the stairs perfectly easy we ran a hand-rail on either si de. The steps themselves we formed carefully and neatly of plan ks from the wreck. one round the centre pillar. We were. which was now perfect ly healed. besides being a capital steed for the boys. t o his joy. as he said. we tied round their necks little bells. found it readily adopted. in spite of the entreaties of the children. and by the end of that period. readily and willingly. too. until we were flush with the top of the centre pole. hinges and all. but also. as we stood below. to a dmit light and air. and securing it firmly. and wa s a very useful beast of burden. On this pole we erected another to reach the top of the tree. to prevent them straying to any great distance. This we placed in a clea n canvas bag. This task occupied us a whole month. so at the base of the trunk we cut away the bark and formed an opening just the size of the door we had brought from the captain's cabin. and clenched them firmly in their places with stout nails. and were being usefully trained. to save himself consider able trouble. I could not consent to keep more than two. however. Juno. and. for I knew it would be of great use to me in the manufacture of candles. and subjected to a heavy pressure. b uilt in the same way round it until we at length reached the level of the floor of the nest above. By degrees h e permitted this to be done without making the slightest resistance. to accustom him to carrying a burden. I began his education by securing round him a broad girth of buffalo-hide and fast ening to it various articles. and soon ca rried the panniers. Upwards and upwards we built. before borne by the ass. we could look up the trunk. Then after a hard day's work we turned in. after giving us much trouble. A door had first to be ma de. a nd. so accustom ed had we become to having a definite piece of work before us that we began to c onsider what other great alteration we should undertake. To console the mother. It soon boiled and the entire mass became fluid. which was like a great smooth funnel. and which. The clearing of the rotten wood from the centre of the trunk occupied us some t ime. The buff alo. and the other following the curve of the trunk. had a fine litter of puppies. The internal architecture of the tree had now to be attended to. cutting windows in the trunk as we required. was ready to be hung. and. The wax that remained in the bag I also carefully stored. and this served the purpose just as a bit in the mouth of a horse. which we had found on boa rd the wreck. and we stored it in a cask. and which would assist us to track them. and early the following morning we prepared for the labourious task. for we had no wish to lose them. I suspect. though not perhaps quite equal to the form er batch in quality. There were all the animals to be attended to. it was yet capital. and first we erected in the centre a stout sapling to form an axis round which to build the spiral stairs. and the rest disappeared i n that mysterious way in which puppies and kittens are wont to leave the earth. Jack placed his little jackal beside the remaining puppies. and corresponding notches in the tree itself to sup port the outer ends. the goats and sheep had bot h presented us with additions to our flock. but at length we had the satisfaction of seeing it entirely The y guided him by a bar thrust through the hole in his nose. of course not neglecting the details of our colonial establis hment. and these frisky youngsters had to b e seen after. had now become perfectly domesticated. . and see the sky above. The other pets were also flourishing. It was now ready for the staircase.

I took a piece of inflam mable wood from a tree. to keep sweat and dirt from lodging in the neckband of the shirt. M y wife. I therefore determined to divide the moulds lengthways. and their appearance was unsightly. and that he would train him. having grease d them well. he determined that Fangs could be trained. To give the proper shape and smoothness to the candles. and fixed in the centres of the moulds. which I thought would serve ou r purpose. this I cut into long slips. but only on his own account. cons equently poor Jack was never able to save from his jaws anything but the tattere d skin of his prey. and he should put an untimely end to some of our feathered pets. and as my wife positively refused to allow u s to devote our ties and handkerchiefs for the purpose. I determined to use the bamboo moulds I had prepared. and fi nally allowed Fritz himself to mount. when he stooped and struck his quarry in most sportsmanlike manner. Jack was not so successful in his educational attempts. Fritz every day shot small birds for his food. A collar at this time was a separate piece of cloth. but I was s oon convinced that this plan would not succeed. buttoned on and worn only for at least semi-formal occasions. as he had christ ened his jackal. too. and to bring down their fruit in the hamper. These. now that he was in his possession. which she d eclared would beat mine completely out of the field. Thus equipped he was taught to mount cocoan ut palms and other lofty trees. and so be able to take out the candles when cool without injuring them. which he so arranged with straps that it might be ea sily fitted on to the monkey's back. Though the former batch had greatly delighted us at first. afforded us the rest and recreation we require d while engaged in the labourious task of staircase building. * Not what we today call neckties. having been taught to obey th e voice and whistle of his master.I then made Master Knips sit upon his back and hold the reins I had prepared fo r him. wished to train him to be of some use. Among my minor occupations. we might pour the melted wax into the two halves bound tightly toge ther. that the animal might become accustomed to the feeling of a rider. my wife. The wicks were my next difficulty. Neither was Master Knips allowed to remain idle. My first idea was to pour the wax in at the end o f the mould. Fangs. We put them to the proof. and these he placed sometimes between the wide-spreading horns of the buffalo or goat. in which we prepared . and sometimes upon the back of the great bustard. On a large fire we placed a pot. but rather a soft band of cloth worn loosely around the neck and used as a sweatband. These lessons had their due effect. however. With Jack's help he made a little basket of rushes. that he m ight become accustomed to pounce upon living prey. The education of the eagle was not neglected. which I had previously used as wicks. was soon allowed to bring down small birds up on the wing. begged me to find some substitute for the threads of our cotton neck-ties*. and then. prepared some wicks from the fibres of the karata tree. and then when the candles were cooled to slip them out. used his fangs indeed. We kept him well away from the poultry-yard lest his natural instincts should s how themselves. and suchlike employments. too. a native of the Antilles. I applied myself to the improvement of our candles. for Ernest. yet we were soon obl iged to acknowledge that the light they gave was imperfect. and the bird. Not disheartened. nothing cou ld persuade him that the animals he caught were not at once to be devoured.

This was an immense convenience. One objection to Falconhurst was the absence of any spring close by. Layer after layer of caoutchouc I brushed over it. I filled them with sand. so that th e boys were obliged to bring water daily from the stream. the roaring or bellowing of a wild beast. it was proposed that we should carry the water by pipes from the stream to our present residence. for I had promised myself a pair of waterproof boots. secured with nails a strip of buffalo-hide to the soles. I sent them out to protect the animals below. which we placed near our dwelling. the candles taken out and subjected to the cr iticism of all hands. that I could not imagine by what animal it was uttered. The decisio n was unanimous: neither gave such a good light as those with the cotton wicks. orders poured in from all sides. One morning. a llowing each layer to dry before the next was put on. and soon everyone in the fami ly was likewise provided for. and half with wooden splint wicks-stood on their ends in a tub of cold water. Jack thought it perhaps a lion. respectable-looking wate rproof boots. though rather flaring. that it was a hyaen a. and joined my family. and from which the superfluou s water flowed off through the hole made in it by Fritz's harpoon. I was delighted. I then turned shoemaker. sud . up with you all to th e nest while I secure the door. nothing was to be seen. and giving it such fin ish as we were capable of. Taking a pair of socks. this was soon hardened in the sun. A dam had to be thrown across the river some w ay up stream.' Then arming the dogs with their collars. `we must prepare to receive it. and was ready for use. while Ernest gave it as his opinion. they were formally tested. Thus day after day brought its own work. When night drew on. for the former. and I had a pair of comfortable. as we were completing our spiral staircase. we were suddenly alarmed by hearing a most terrific n oise. a nd day after day saw that work completed. We had no time to be idle. burned brilliantly. ready to receive the wax. but even my wife declared that the light from mine was far preferable to that em itted by hers. and I thought it possible that he was right. The sound drew nearer. Every gun was loaded. or to lamen t our separation from our fellow creatures. and then all was still. The moulds carefully prepared--half with karata fibre. so strange a sound was it. durable. closed the door. every eye was upon the watch. `Whatever it is. and now determined to make them. I determined to descend and reconnoi tre. and Fritz and I carefully crept down. They were filled.' said I. brushed that over wit h caoutchouc. Fritz hazarded a gorilla. and this involving no little trouble. with our guns at full cock we glided amongst the trees. noiselessly and quickly we pushed on further and further. I dried them. and we formally inaugurated the trough by wash ing therein a whole sack of potatoes. the wax cooled.our wax mixture--half bees' wax and half wax from the candleberries. that the water might be raised to a sufficient height to run to Fa lconhurst. From the reservoir thus made we led the water down by pipes into the turtle's shell. until at length I consider ed that the shoes were of sufficient thickness. and then coated them over with a thin layer of clay to form a convenient mould. broke out the clay . while the latter gave out such a feeble and flickering flame that it was almost useles s.

bit it through. though cruel. a nd as a last expedient I resolved to adopt a plan which. Fritz raised his gun. and was about to take some of the tempting food. She was as unruly as ever. and burst into a hearty fit of laughter. struggled violently to get free. by whom it is practis ed. stood stock-still. hee-haw. when the animal was subdued by h unger. All her endeavo urs were vain: the cords were stout. who was likewise prevented from playing truant. and having given her the stronges t curb and shackled her feet. From that moment we were her masters. Proud. an d. quivering violently . and she carried them obediently and quietly. Next morning I found the onager after her night's rest as wild as ever. started back. The stranger. and there I tied her up close to the donkey. and seizing her long ear in my teeth. In a moment the noose left Fritz's adroit hand and fell round her neck. Every expedient was tried. an ass no doubt. hee-haw. I sprang upon the onager's back. on seein g Fritz. holding in one hand the noose. advanced to take it. Watching a favourable opportunity. and at the other end made a r unning noose. and our ass braying his approach right merrily appeared in sight. We watched thei r movements anxiously. which naturalists and travellers have declared to be beyon . but finding her companion show no signs of alarm. and soon approached sniffing. did I feel as I watched this animal. We made one end of the cord fast to a tree. and as I looked at the handsome creature I almost despaired of ever taming her proud sp irit. the animal ceased plunging. Fritz then rose. and after a while she quieted down and stoo d exhausted and quivering.' I whispered. and I was glad to observe also brought some oats and salt. `that is an onager. the noose drew ti ght. we heard the terrific sound again. and then left her to recover herself . Silently we watched the animals as they approached. however. and she fell to the earth half strangled. Fritz al lowed him to do so. which for the present formed our stables. which I knew would be of use to me should I get near the animal. seeing his favourite food thus held out. loosened the ro pe and replaced it by a halter. and. close by. in spite of her kicking and plunging.denly. giving vent to angry snorts. the children mounted her one after the ot her. She lashed out with her heels on every side. was rea ssured. was I kne w attended with wonderful success by the American Indians. I at once ran up. Everyone hastened up to examine the beautiful animal as she rose from the groun d and cast fiery glances around. quietly browsi ng. and placing the pincers upon her nose. but al most as quickly again dropped it. I cut a bamboo and split it halfway down to form a pair of p incers. The ass. Creep back to Falconhurst and bring m e a piece of cord--quietly now!' While he was gone. and he was soon munching contentedly. but slim and graceful as a horse. `Fritz. resounded through the forest. I thought I might venture to mount her. with a single bound she sprang backwards the full length of the cord. I attempted to do so. Fritz s oon returned with the cord. indeed. There was no mistaking those dulcet tones--hee-haw. secured h er by two cords fastened between two trees. and at length. I then approached: she suffered me to lead her to the roots of our tree. our friend was not alone: behind him trotted an other animal. To our surprise. The result was marvellous. and in the other some oats a nd salt.

we had f ifteen beautiful little Canadian chicks. and below divided the building into several compartments. forming the frame work of bamboo canes which we laid close together and bound tightly down. while. with his foot. screaming bird in e ither hand. and we had but to store them with food. and then cut the reeds in slips. Our winter-quarters were now completed. and a capital roof impervious to the severest fall of rain. three broods of chickens had been successfully hatched. and sending the two younger boys home with the ir mother and the cart. `Bring me the leaves!' she exclaimed. a moment afterwards. As we were thus engaged. with which the nest was woven. and with Fritz and Ernest. She was no less delighted th an I was. tied Lightfoot to a neighbouring tree. guided hither and thither by my youngest son. others we fixed below as supports. th e former mounted on his onager. to our great delight. and you shall soon have sh . Stables. for Franz to play at sword-drill with.d the power of man to tame. we obtained a f irm balcony. and in a few days. poultry yard. what a delightful discovery! No one shall now be clothed in rags. but having no small companion on whom to exercise his valour. Day after day we worked. `Come and help me! I've got a couple of birds and their egg s. broad grass. As we were one evening returning from gathering potatoes. Their tissue was composed of long silky fibres. and plait ed them to form a whip for Lightfoot. and remo ving the eggs from the nest. kitchen. issued such strange cries that Ernest fol lowed to see what could be the matter. bringing in provisions of every description. `Come!' he shouted. made a detour towards the Acorn Wood. from which. I ran a light rail round the balcony to give it a more ornamental appearance. placed them in Ernest's hat. that I examined them to see to what fu rther use they might be put. We then loaded the onager with the acorns and moved homewards. hay and provision lofts. just make me a spindle. The leaves seemed so pliable and strong. I could not rest till I had announced this invaluable discovery to my wife. and began rapidly t o fill the sack. and which grew luxuria ntly around. Franz was greatly pleased with the 'swords' his brother brought him. We reached the spot. The interstices were filled up with clay and moss. it struck me that we should take in a store of acorns. The eggs I cover ed carefully with dry moss. We quickly tied the legs of the birds. and coating the whole over with a mixture of tar and lime-water. that they might be kept warm. We began by making a roof over the vaulted roots of our tree. Knips sprang suddenly into a bush clos e by. were my wife's pride and delight. I took a large canvas bag. There was Ernest with a fluttering. A s udden thought struck me--this must be New Zealand flax. Additions to our poultry yard reminded me of the necessity of providing some su bstantial shelter for our animals before the rainy season came on. forty in al l. and as soon as possibl e I handed them over to my wife who managed the mother so cleverly that she indu ced her to return to the eggs. he amused himself for a shor t time in hewing down imaginary foes. dairy. Quick! Ruffed grouse!' We hurried to the spot. larder and dining-hall were united under one ro of. Kn ips. `Oh. while he gathered some of the long. and the little creatures. he was endeavouring to prevent his greedy litt le monkey from seizing the eggs. and the latter carrying his little favourite.

This must be retted. to which she attached hoods. and bring your mother more leaves!' We could not help smiling at her eager zeal. To perform this duty Fr itz and I used to sally forth every evening. at the upper and broader end is built a little platform to contain the eggs. These are most curiously and skilfully made of glutinous clay. Daily did we load our cart with provisions to be brought to our winter-quarters : manioc. she then fixed to these duck trousers . my wife. between which sat Franz and Knips. too. and as regularly every evening did we return soaked to the skin. and who therefor e might be imagined to know how to shift for themselves. As we were employed in making beds for the flax and placing it in them. contrived waterproofs: she brushed on several layers of caoutchouc over stout shirts. . sweet acorns. our animals housed. hemmed us in on every side. each laden with a great bundle of flax. Our corn was sowed. cocoanuts. but in time even that seemed to become more bearable. on whi ch the female bird sits. needle and thread I will make you any article of clothing you choose. until t he little birds are hatched and can take to the water. who feared these continual wettings might injure our health. spun and woven. Our dwelling was indeed crowded: the animals and provisions b elow. by dint of patience and better packing. potatoes. They are formed in the shape of blunted cones. by degrees. was not a greeable. but Fritz and Ernest sprang on the ir steeds. with her long legs in the water on either side. by degrees. To make more space. clad in which we might brave the severest rain. all good homespun! Quick. we turned such animals as we had captured. and then taking it out and drying it thoroughly in the sun. and placed point downwards. and our beds and household goods around us. For a fortnight we left the flax to steep. To obviate this. and next morning we set out thither. where we carried such of our domestic furniture as might have been in jured by the damp. we obse rved several nests of the flamingo. ou r provisions stored. bringing them under the arched roots only at night. and sharp showers w arned us that we had no time to lose. and we were obliged to retreat to the trunk. outside during the dayt ime. and thus prepared for each of us a complete waterproof suit. so strong that they can neither be overturned nor washed away . To continue in our nest we found impossible. `Capital!' she exclaimed. I described to my boys as we went along the process of retting. The smoke from the fire.irts and stockings and trousers. we obtained sufficient room to work and lie down in. were all collected and stored in abundance--for grumbling thunder.' We decided that Flamingo Marsh would be the best spot for the operation of stee ping or `retting' the flax. lowering skies. Fritz. `I shall now show you that I am not at all behindhand in ingenuity. stored it for future use at Falconhurst. and soon the onager and buffalo were galloping home again. The boys dismounted and deposited their offering a t their mother's feet. and then with scisso rs. sugar-canes. and explained t o them how steeping the flax leaves destroys the useless membrane. which we were occasionally obliged to light. while the rest of us followed with spades and hatchets. when down came the rain. carded. we became accustomed to the continual no ise of the animals and the smell of the stables. and laden with the bundles. the cart drawn by the ass. while the str ong fibres remain.

with minds bent on success. The damage done to F alconhurst was as nothing compared to the scene that awaited us. it looked indeed dilapidated. No prisoners set at libert y could have felt more joy than we did as we stepped forth from our winter abode . we might not. the time dragged heavily. and as early as possible I built a drying-oven. and in a few days it was again h abitable. the little boy reeling off the thread his mother spun. refreshed our eyes with the pleasant verdure around us. the provisions soaked. manufactured a beetle-reel and spinning-wheel. and began our undertaking. and two casks of powder utterly destroyed. All nature was refreshed. The combs I made with nails. the rain ceased to fall--spring had come. Ou r mornings were occupied in tending the animals. I thought. which I placed head downwards on a sheet of tin about an inch wide. pickaxes and crowbars. beasts and flowers with which he had met during the past months. chisels. Our plantations were thriving vigorously. and assisted me in the manufacture of carding-combs and a spindle f or their mother. hew out a cavern of sufficient size to serve as a room. the canvas torn to rags. and then prepared it for her use. The pinnace was safe. which I then folded down on either side of them to keep them perfectly firm. I do not think that the hole would have been a satisfactory shelter for even Master Knips. Fritz pro posed that we should hollow out a cave in the rock. but our faithful tub-boat was dashed in pieces. and then. The tent was bl own to the ground. hammers. we battered away. Some days afterwards we left Falconhurst with the cart laden with a cargo of sp ades. the sun shot his brilliant rays through the ri ven clouds. Fritz and I made an excursion thither. I was anxious to visit Tentholm. Six days of hard and incessant toil made but little impression. We worked hard. and our ears with the merry songs of a thousand happy birds. We immediately spread such things as we hoped yet to preserve in the sun to dry. but . aft er some trouble. while my wife was busy with her needle and Ernest making sketches of birds. and though the difficulties such an undertaking would present appeared almost insurmountable. the boys amused themselves with their pets. and drank in the pure balmy air of spring . My wife begged that I would now start her with the flax. holding the nails in their proper positions I poured solder round their heads to fix them to the tin.In spite of our endeavours to keep ourselves busy. and she and Fran z were soon hard at work. Week after week rolled by. In the evening. On the smooth face of the perpendicular rock I drew out in chalk the size of the propo sed entrance. Fritz and Jack taught little Franz to read. I wrote a journ al of all the events which had occurred since our arrival in this foreign land. and the i rreparable damage we had sustained made me resolve to contrive some safer and mo re stable winter-quarters before the arrival of the next rainy season. Incess ant rain battered down above us. Chapter 9 The winds at length were lulled. Our nest was our first care: filled with leaves and broken and torn by the wind . but we might at least make a cellar for the more valuab le and perishable of our stores. and. when our room was illuminated with wax candles. I also. The seed we had sown was shooting thr ough the moist earth. constant gloom hung over the desolate scene. Week after week saw us still close prisoners. I yet determin ed to make the attempt. for I feared that much of our precious stores might have suffered.

no difference was made. if th e place be small. it takes the fireworks to create a dequate circulation. as our persevering blows were falling heavily. With a shout ell. and our minds were relieved. `perhaps it has dropped into Europe--you must not lose a good crowbar. which then brings in more oxygen. really. Nothing could I feel. `Unless air is i ncessantly renewed it becomes vitiated. Fri tz handed me a long pole. We sprang to his side. the boys battered vigorously at the rock. I tried the depth with that. the air was purified. and I thrust the handle of my hammer into the hole he sp oke of. The flame was extinguished the instant it en tered. Jack had stowed in the cart all th . lighted up the mighty circumference and displayed. and soon ture. The next torch is able to blaze not because the air is puri fied. I could turn it in any direction I chose. Great must have been the effect of Jack's eloquence on those at home. Some flew like radiant meteors round. of joy. `and fatal to those who breathe it. All were in the highest state of excitement.we still did not despair. I saw that we must apply some more efficacious remedy. The safest way of restoring it to its original state is to subject it to th e action of fire. our work progressed. sufficiently purify the air within to allow us to enter withou t danger.' laughed Fritz. Though bundles of blazing grass were thrown in. A t hin wall. do come and see!' he shouted excitedly. but because the oxygen is now sufficient to feed the fire. We let fly some dozens of these fiery serpents. thunder ed away to Falconhurst to bear the great and astonishing news to his mother. It burned clearly. and were presently rewarded by coming to softer and mo re yielding substance.' `But. while Jack. Oh. in this case. a few handfuls of blazing hay thrown into this hole may. was all that intervened between us and a great cavern. it is through. and I then again threw in lighted hay. I heard it crash d own inside. it met with no opposition. which went whizzing in and disappeared at apparently a va st distance from us. as by a magician's wand. shouted: `Gone. Fritz and I enlarged the opening. The flame goes out if the oxygen supply is insufficient for its supply. my bar has gone through the mountain!' `Run round and get it. the action of the flame increases air circula tion. Jack. and sent the boys for a chest of signal-rockets we had brought from the wreck. father! Fritz. then. and shouting to my sons to stand off. I leaned against t When I came to myself I explained to them the danger of approaching any cavern or other place where the air has for a long time been stagnant.' We tried the experiment. and was us air turned he rock. I stepped near the aper about to make a further examination. a sparkling glittering ro of. when a sudden rush of poisono me giddy.* * What actually happens is that the oxygen supply becomes low. We waited for a little while after these experiments. for the t imbers of the bridge were soon again resounding under the swift but heavy tramp of his steed. They looked like avenging dragons driving a foul malignant fiend out of a be auteous palace. On the tenth day. and he was quickly followed by the rest of our party in the cart. who was working diligently with a hammer and crowbar. If there is suff icient oxygen to maintain a flame. springing on his buffalo. piece by piece f the hole was large enough for us to enter. it went right through the rock.' I said.

while our cave should be formed into a winter house and impregnable castle. where we fitted the wind ow-cases we had brought from the officers' cabins. were better. so dry that I saw at once that we might safely take up our abode therein. as less likely to attract the notice of wild beasts or savages should they appro ach during our absence. now dwindled away in our opinion to nothing. Nothing was now talked of but the new house. . we. would keep us in constant peril. Silently we marched--my wife. had fallen to the ground. We did not intend to be again smoke-dried. This was a cavern of rock-salt. without the slight est fear of danger from damp. The opening in the trunk of the tree I determined to conceal with bark. and the left o ur stables. from Falconhurst. too. this. sounding the ground as I advanced with a long pole. in the dark recess of the cave. The cave itself we divided into four parts: in front. that there were no more pieces tottering above us. We brought the door. and ther efore concluded that the concussion of the air. detached from the roof. which. how it should be fitted up. The safety and comfort of Falconhurst. There was no doubt ab out it--here was an unlimited supply of the best and purest salt! But one thing detracted from my entire satisfaction and delight--large crystals lay scattered here and there. the candles reflected on the walls a golden light. which had at first s eemed so great. We returned to Falconhurst w ith minds full of wonder at our new discovery. The floor of this magnificent palace was formed of hard. was our storehouse and powder-magazine. we knew well its discomforts. and plenty of space was left in our workshop that we should not be hampered in even the most extensi ve operations. I led the way. the right-hand division. our stable arrangements. that we might not fall unexpectedly into any great hole or chasm. had c aused their fall. I tasted a piece. contrived a properly built firepl ace and chimney. occasioned by the rockets. which sparkled and glittered with all the colours of the rainbow. Light and air were to be admitted. and plans for turning it to the b est possible advantage. I examined some of the masses and discovered that they had been all recently separated. and we now. dry sand. while great crystal pillars rose from the floor like mighty trees. however. mingling their branches high above us and drooping in hundreds of stalactites. if apt to recur. and even the dogs seeming overawed with the grandeur and beauty of the scene We were in a grotto of diamonds--a vast ca ve of glittering crystal. shouldered our arms and ent ered.e candles he could find. containing our kitchen and workshop. we discharged our guns from the entrance. Having already undergone one rainy reason. and fitted it in the aperture we ha d made. how it should be arranged. Nothing more fell--our magnificent abode was safe. behind all this. I suspected their nature. therefore. it should be kept u p we decided merely as a summer residence. To satisfy ourselves. subdivided into our sitting. too. From the appearance of the brilliant crystals round about us. so we hewed a row of windows in the rock. a large compartment into which the door opened. and th ought of many useful arrangements in the laying-out of our dwelling. bri ght as the stars of Heaven. Our attention was now fully occupied with this new house. lighting these. and watched the ef fect. eating and sleeping apartmen ts. the boys.

Our frequent residence at Tentholm revealed to us several important advantages which we had not foreseen. Numbers of splendid turtles often came ashore to depo sit their eggs in the sand, and their delicious flesh afforded us many a sumptuo us meal. When more than one of these creatures appeared at a time, we used to cu t off their retreat to the sea, and, turning them on their backs, fasten them to a stake, driven in close by the water's edge, by a cord passed through a hole i n their shell. We thus had fresh turtle continually within our reach; for the an imals throve well thus secured, and appeared in as good condition, after having been kept thus for several weeks, as others when freshly caught. Lobsters, crabs and mussels also abounded on the shore. But this was not all; an additional sur prise awaited us. As we were one morning approaching Tentholm, we were attracted by a most curiou s phenomenon. The waters out to sea appeared agitated by some unseen movement, a nd as they heaved and boiled, their surface, struck by the beams of the morning sun, seemed illuminated by flashes of fire. Over the water where this disturbance was taking place hovered hundreds of bird s, screaming loudly, which ever and anon would dart downwards, some plunging ben eath the water, some skimming the surface. Then again they would rise and resume their harsh cries. The shining, sparkling mass then rolled onwards, and approac hed in a direct line our bay, followed by the feathered flock above. We hurried down to the shore to further examine this strange sight. I was convinced as we approached that it was a shoal or bank of herrings. No sooner did I give utterance to my conjecture, than I was assailed by a host of questions concerning this herring-bank, what it was, and what occasioned it. `A herring-bank,' I said, `is composed of an immense number of herrings swimmin g together. I can scarcely express to you the huge size of this living bank, whi ch extends over a great area many fathoms deep. It is followed by numbers of gre at ravenous fish, who devour quantities of the herrings, while above hover birds , as you have just seen, ready to pounce down on stragglers near the top. To esc ape these enemies, the shoal makes for the nearest shore, and seeks safety in th ose shallows where the large fish cannot follow. But here it meets with a third great enemy. `It may escape from the fish, and elude the vigilance of sharp-sighted birds, b ut from the ingenuity of man it can find no escape. In one year millions of thes e fish are caught, and yet the roes of only a small number would be sufficient t o supply as many fish again.' Soon our fishery was in operation. Jack and Fritz stood in the water with baske ts, and baled out the fish, as one bales water with a bucket, throwing them to u s on the shore. As quickly as possible we cleaned them, and placed them in casks with salt, first a layer of salt, and then a layer of herrings, and so on, unti l we had ready many casks of pickled fish. As the barrels were filled, we closed them carefully, and rolled them away to t he cool vaults at the back of our cave. Our good fortune, however, was not to en d here. A day after the herring fishery was over, and the shoal had left our bay , a great number of seals appeared, attracted by the refuse of the herrings whic h we had thrown into the sea. Though I feared they would not be suitable for our table, we yet secured a scor e or two for the sake of their skins and fat. The skins we drew carefully off fo r harness and clothing, and the fat we boiled down for oil, which we put aside i n casks for tanning, soap-making, and burning in lamps.

These occupations interfered for some time with our work at Rock House; but as soon as possible we again returned to our labour with renewed vigour. I had noti ced that the salt crystals had for their base a species of gypsum, which I knew might be made of great service to us in our building operations as plaster. As an experiment, I broke off some pieces, and, after subjecting them to great heat, reduced them to powder. The plaster this formed with water was smooth and white, and as I had then no particular use to which I might put it, I plastered over some of the herring casks, that I might be perfectly certain that all air w as excluded. The remainder of the casks I left as they were, for I presently int ended to preserve their contents by smoking. To do this, the boys and I built a small hut of reeds and branches, and then we strung our herrings on lines across the roof. On the floor we lit a great fire of brushwood and moss, which threw out a dense smoke, curling in volumes round t he fish, and they in a few days seemed perfectly cured. About a month after the appearance of the herrings we were favoured by a visit from other shoals of fish. Jack espied them first, and called to us that a lot o f young whales were off the coast. We ran down and discovered the bay apparently swarming with great sturgeon, salmon, and trout, all making for the mouth of Ja ckal River, that they might ascend it and deposit their spawn amongst the stones . Jack was delighted at his discovery. `Here are proper fish!' he exclaimed, `non e of your paltry fry. How do you preserve these sorts of fish? Potted, salted or smoked?' `Not so fast,' said I, `not so fast; tell me how they are to be caught, and I w ill tell you how they are to be cooked.' `Oh! I'll catch them fast enough,' he replied, and darted off to Rock House. While I was still puzzling my brains as to how I should set to work, he returne d with his fishing apparatus in hand: a bow and arrow, and a ball of twine. At the arrow-head he had fastened a barbed spike, and had secured the arrow to the end of the string. Armed with this weapon, he advanced to the river's edge. His arrow flew from the bow, and, to my surprise, struck one of the largest fis h in the side. `Help, father, help!' he cried, as the great fish darted off, carrying arrow an d all with it. `Help! Or he will pull me into the water.' I ran to his assistance, and together we struggled with the finny monster. He p ulled tremendously, and lashed the water around him; but we held the cord fast, and he had no chance of escape. Weaker and weaker grew his struggles, and, at le ngth, exhausted by his exertions and loss of blood, he allowed us to draw him as hore. He was a noble prize, and Fritz and Ernest, who came up just as we completed hi s capture, were quite envious of Jack's success. Not to be behindhand, they eagerly rushed off for weapons themselves. We were s oon all in the water, Fritz with a harpoon, Ernest with a rod and line, and I my self, armed like Neptune, with an iron trident, or more properly speaking, perha ps, a pitchfork. Soon the shore was strewn with a goodly number of the finest fi sh--monster after monster we drew to land. At length Fritz, after harpooning a g reat sturgeon full eight feet long, could not get the beast ashore; we all went

to his assistance, but our united efforts were unavailing. `The buffalo!' proposed my wife, and off went Jack for Storm. Storm was harness ed to the harpoon rope, and soon the monstrous fish lay panting on the sand. We at length, when we had captured as many fish as we could possibly utilize, set a bout cleaning and preparing their flesh. Some we salted, some we dried like the herrings, some we treated like the tunny of the Mediterranean--we prepared them in oil. Of the roe of the sturgeon I decided to form caviare, the great Russian dish. I removed from it all the membranes by which it is surrounded, washed it in vineg ar, salted it, pressed out all the moisture caused by the water-absorbing proper ties of the salt, packed it in small barrels and stowed it away in our storehous e. I knew that of the sturgeon's bladder the best isinglass is made, so carefully collecting the air-bladders from all those we had killed, I washed them and hung them up to stiffen. The outer coat or membrane I then peeled off, cutting the r emainder into strips, technically called staples. These staples I place in an iron pot over the fire, and when they had been redu ced to a proper consistency I strained off the glue through a clean cloth, and s pread it out on a slab of stone in thin layers, letting them remain until they w ere dry. The substance I thus obtained was beautifully transparent, and promised to serve as an excellent substitute for glass in our window-frames. Fortunately, in this beautiful climate little or no attention was necessary to the kitchen garden, the seeds sprang up and flourished without apparently the sl ightest regard for the time or season of the year. Peas, beans, wheat, barley, r ye and Indian corn, seemed constantly ripe, while cucumbers, melons, and all sor ts of other vegetables grew luxuriantly. The success of our garden at Tentholm e ncouraged me to hope that my experiment at Falconhurst had not failed, and one m orning we started to visit the spot. As we passed by the field from which the potatoes had been dug, we found it cov ered with barley, wheat, rye and peas in profusion. I turned to my wife in amaze ment. `Where has this fine crop sprung from?' said I. `From the earth,' she replied, laughing, `where Franz and I sowed the seed I br ought from the wreck. The ground was ready tilled by you and the boys; all we ha d to do was to scatter the seed.' I was delighted at the sight, and it augured well, I thought, for the success o f my maize plantation. We hurried to the field. The crop had indeed grown well, and what was more, appeared to be duly appreciated. A tremendous flock of feathe red thieves rose as we approached. Amongst them Fritz espied a few ruffed grouse , and, quick as thought, unhooding his eagle, he started him off in chase, then sprang on his onager and followed at full gallop. His noble bird marked out the finest grouse, and, soaring high above it, stooped and bore his prey to the grou nd. Fritz was close at hand, and springing through the bushes he saved the bird fro m death, hooded the eagle's eyes, and returned triumphantly. Jack had not stood idle, for slipping his pet Fangs, he had started him among some quails who remai ned upon the field, and to my surprise the jackal secured some dozen of the bird s, bringing them faithfully to his master's feet. We then turned our steps towards Falconhurst, where we were refreshed by a most delicious drink my wife prepared for us; the stems of the young Indian corn cru shed, strained, and mixed with water and the juice of the sugar-cane.

We then made preparations for an excursion the following day, for I wished to e stablish a sort of semicivilized farm at some distance from Falconhurst, where w e might place some of our animals which had become too numerous with our limited means to supply them with food. In the large cart, to which we harnessed the bu ffalo, cow, and ass, we placed a dozen fowls, four young pigs, two couple of she ep, and as many goats, and a pair of hens and one cock grouse. Fritz led the way on his onager, and by a new track we forced a passage through the woods and tal l grasses towards Cape Disappointment. The difficult march was at length over, and we emerged from the forest upon a l arge plain covered with curious little bushes; the branches of these little shru bs and the ground about them were covered with pure white flakes. `Snow! Snow!' exclaimed Franz. `Oh, mother, come down from the cart and play sn owballs. This is jolly; much better than the ugly rain.' I was not surprised at the boy's mistake, for indeed the flakes did look like s now; but before I could express my opinion, Fritz declared that the plant must b e a kind of dwarf cotton-tree. We approached nearer and found he was right--soft fine wool enclosed in pods, and still hanging on the bushes or lying on the gro und, abounded in every direction. We had indeed discovered this valuable plant. My wife was charmed; and gathering a great quantity in three capacious bags, we resumed our journey. Crossing the cotton-field, we ascended a pretty wooded hill. The view from the summit was glorious: luxuriant grass at our feet stretching down the hillside, d otted here and there with shady trees, among which gushed down a sparkling brook , while below lay the rich green forest, with the sea beyond. What better situation could we hope to find for our new farm? Pasture, water, s hade and shelter, all were here. We pitched our tent, built our fireplace, and, leaving my wife to prepare our r epast, Fritz and I selected a spot for the erection of our shed. We soon found a group of trees so situated that the trunks would serve as posts for our intende d building. Thither we carried all our tools, and then, as the day was far advan ced, enjoyed our supper, and lay down upon most comfortable beds which my wife h ad prepared for us with the cotton. The group of trees we had selected was exactly suited to our purpose, for it fo rmed a regular rectilinear figure, the greatest side of which faced the sea. I c ut deep mortices in the trunks about ten feet from the ground, and again ten fee t higher up to form a second storey. In these mortices I inserted beams, thus fo rming a framework for my building, and then, making a roof of laths, I overlaid it with bark, which I stripped from a neighbouring tree, and fixed with acacia t horns, and which would effectually shoot off any amount of rain. While clearing up the scraps of bark and other rubbish for fuel for our fire, I noticed a peculiar smell, and stooping down I picked up pieces of the bark, som e of which, to my great surprise, I found was that of the terebinth tree, and th e rest that of the American fir. The goats, too, made an important discovery amo ngst the same heap, for we found them busily routing out pieces of cinnamon, a m ost delicious and aromatic spice. `From the fir,' said I to the boys, `we get turpentine and tar, and thus it is that the fir tree becomes such a valuable article of commerce. So we may look fo rward to preparing pitch for our yacht with tar and oil, you know, and cart-grea se, too, with tar and fat. I do not know that you will equally appreciate the te rebinth tree; a gum issues from incisions in the bark which hardens in the sun,

I could not think of breaking in upon their happy beautiful existence by firing among them. Two fell. feeling a t the same time much puzzled to know what sort of animal it could possibly be. hard as we had worked. for all at once I heard a plunge. and als o completely webbed. I noticed with delight that it was covered wi th the rice plant growing wild in the greatest profusion. we formed merely of a latticework of laths to adm it both air and light. to serve as a sleepin g-apartment for ourselves. at a short distance off. that we might know more exactly the character of the country near our farm. brought them to our feet. in which their stately forms and graceful movements were reflected a s in a mirror. we followed the little animal and found him devouring delicious strawberries. we wove strong l ianas and other creepers together to form the walls to the height of about six f eet. the fur being of a lighter shade under the belly. the sight of numbers of black swans.and becomes as transparent as amber. when we should find it necessary to pay the place a v isit. This singularity seemed to us so droll that we both laughed heartily. and pursu ing one another playfully in the water. the rest. its feet were furnished with large claws. old and young sw imming together in the peaceful enjoyment of life. when burned it gives forth a most delicious perfume. and a third. up to the roof. we found that the provisions we had brought with us would be exhausted before we could hope to be able to leave the farm. and secured the fruit from his p ilfering paws with leaves fixed firmly down. Passing over a brook which flowed towards the wall of rocks. This curious little animal was of a soft dark brown colour. had we not hurried up and taken it from her. with deeply set eyes and ears. whi ch she would have torn to pieces. and saw her drag out of the water a most peculiar-looking creatu re. Presently we reached the borders of the pretty lake which we had seen beyond th e swamp. and as we dail y filled the feeding-troughs with the food the animals best liked. at whic h both Ernest and I let fly. During their absence. and when dissolved in spirits of wine. I then took a sample of the rice seeds to show my wife. seeking their food. we gave it the name of the `Beast with a Bill'*. Here and there only we re there any ripe plants. F or want of a better. one subdivi ded into stalls for the animals. and Ernest . a second fitted with perches for the birds. and Fangs. we reached a large marsh. and still more so. forms a beautiful transparent v arnish. something like a small otter. and as we walked round it. disporting themselves on the glas sy surface. they showed n o inclination to desert the spot we had chosen for them. Knips skipped from the back of his steed Juno and began to rega le himself on some fruit. It was delightful to watch these splendid birds. The nearer aspect of its calm blue waters greatly charmed us. but not above twenty-two inches in length. we filled the hamper Knips always carried. Yet. and terminat ing in a broad flat bill like that of a duck. As we advanced. simply furnished with a rough table and benches. Within we divided the house into three parts. and from these rose a number of ruffed grouse. Ernest and I made a short excursion in the neighbourhood. who was with us. but our dog Juno was by no means so considerate. I therefo re dispatched Jack and Fritz for fresh supplies.' The completion of our new farm-house occupied us several days. the head small. In a short time the dwelling was most comfortably arranged. Having enjoyed the fruit oursel ves. and we continued our jo urney.

willingly undertook to carry it, that it might be stuffed and kept as a curiosi ty. * A platypus. The next time they encounter one, he knows its name. After this we returned to the farm, thinking our messengers might soon arrive, and sure enough, in about a quarter of an hour, Fritz and Jack made their appear ance at a brisk trot, and gave a circumstantial account of their mission. *****NOTE: To get supplies, about fourteen paragraphs earlier. But what else di d they do? Something is left out. I was pleased to see that they had fulfilled their orders intelligently, carryi ng out my intentions in the spirit and not blindly to the letter. Next morning we quitted the farm (which we named Woodlands), after providing am ply for the wants of the animals, sheep, goats and poultry, which we left there. Shortly afterwards, on entering a wood, we found it tenanted by an enormous num ber of apes, who instantly assailed us with showers of fir-cones, uttering hideo us and angry cries, and effectually checking our progress, until we put them to flight by a couple of shots, which not a little astonished their weak minds. Fritz picked up some of their missiles, and, showing them to me, I recognized t he cone of the stone-pine. `By all means gather some of these cones, boys,' said I; `you will find the ker nel has a pleasant taste, like almonds, and from it we can, by pressing, obtain an excellent oil. Therefore I should like to carry some home with us.' A hill, which seemed to promise a good view from its summit, next attracted my notice, and, on climbing it we were more than repaid for the exertion by the ext ensive and beautiful prospect which lay spread before our eyes. The situation altogether was so agreeable, that here also I resolved to make a settlement, to be visited occasionally, and, after resting awhile and talking th e matter over we set to work to build a cottage such as we had lately finished a t Woodlands. Our experience there enabled us to proceed quickly with the work, and in a few days the rustic abode was completed, and received, by Ernest's choice, the grand name of Prospect Hill. My chief object in undertaking this expedition had been to discover some tree f rom whose bark I could hope to make a useful light boat or canoe. Hitherto I had met with none at all fit for my purpose, but, not despairing of success, I bega n, when the cottage was built, to examine carefully the surrounding woods, and, after considerable trouble, came upon two magnificent tall straight trees, the b ark of which seemed something like that of the birch. Selecting one whose trunk was, to a great height, free from branches, we attach ed to one of the lower of these boughs the rope ladder we had with us, and, Frit z ascending it, cut the bark through in a circle; I did the same at the foot of the tree, and then, from between the circles, we took a narrow perpendicular sli p of bark entirely out, so that we could introduce the proper tools by which gra dually to loosen and raise the main part, so as finally to separate it from the tree uninjured and entire. This we found possible, because the bark was moist an d flexible. Great care and exertion were necessary, as the bark became detached, to support

it, until the whole was ready to be let gently down upon the grass. This seemed a great achievement; but our work was by no means ended, nor could we venture t o desist from it, until, while the material was soft and pliable, we had formed it into the shape we desired for the canoe. In order to do this, I cut a long triangular piece out of each end of the roll, and, placing the sloping parts one over the other, I drew the ends into a point ed form and secured them with pegs and glue. This successful proceeding had, however, widened the boat, and made it too flat in the middle, so that it was necessary to put ropes round it, and tighten them until the proper shape was restored, before we could allow it to dry in the sun . This being all I could do without a greater variety of tools, I determined to c omplete my work in a more convenient situation, and forthwith dispatched Fritz a nd Jack with orders to bring the sledge (which now ran on wheels taken from guncarriages) that the canoe might be transported direct to the vicinity of the har bour at Tentholm. During their absence I fortunately found some wood naturally curved, just suite d for ribs to support and strengthen the sides of the boat. When the two lads returned with the sledge, it was time to rest for the night; but with early dawn we were again busily at work. The sledge was loaded with the new boat, and everything else we could pack into it, and we turned our steps homewards, finding the greatest difficulty, however , in getting our vehicle through the woods. We crossed the bamboo swamp, where I cut a fine mast for my boat, and came at length to a small opening or defile in the ridge of rocks, where a little torrent rushed from its source down into the larger stream beyond; here we determined to make a halt, in order to erect a gr eat earth wall across the narrow gorge, which, being thickly planted with prickl y pear, Indian-fig, and every thorny bush we could find, would in time form an e ffectual barrier against the intrusion of wild beasts, the cliffs being, to the best of our belief, in every other part inaccessible. For our own convenience we retained a small winding path through this barrier, concealing and defending it with piles of branches and thorns, and also we contr ived a light drawbridge over the stream, so that we rendered the pass altogether a very strong positron, should we ever have to act on the defensive. This work occupied two days, and continuing on our way, we were glad to rest at Falconhurst before arriving (quite tired and worn out) at Tentholm. It took some time to recruit our strength after this long and fatiguing expedit ion, and then we vigorously resumed the task of finishing the canoe. The arrange ments, I flattered myself, were carried out in a manner quite worthy of a shipbu ilder; a mast, sails and paddles were fitted, but my final touch, although I pri zed it highly and considered it a grand and original idea, would no doubt have e xcited only ridicule and contempt had it been seen by a naval man. My contrivance was this: I had a couple of large air-tight bags, made of the sk ins of the dog-fish, well tarred and pitched, inflated, and made fast on each si de of the boat, just above the level of the water. These floats, however much sh e might be loaded, would effectually prevent either the sinking or capsizing of my craft. I may as well relate in this place what I omitted at the time of its occurrence . During the rainy season our cow presented us with a bull-calf, and that there

might never be any difficulty in managing him, I at a very early age, pierced hi s nose and placed a short stick in it, to be exchanged for a ring when he was ol d enough. The question now came to be, who should be his master, and to what sho uld we train him? `Why not teach him,' said Fritz, `to fight with wild animals and defend us, lik e the fighting bulls of the Hottentots? That would be really useful!' `I am sure I should much prefer a gentle bull to a fighting one!' exclaimed his mother. `But do you mean to say tame oxen can be taught to act rationally on th e defensive?' `I can but repeat what I have heard or read,' replied I, `as regards the race o f Hottentots who inhabit the south of Africa, among all sorts of wild and feroci ous animals. `The wealth of these people consists solely in their flocks and herds, and for their protection, they train their bulls to act as guards. `These courageous animals keep the rest from straying away, and when danger thr eatens, they give instant notice of it, drive the herd together in a mass, the c alves and young cows being placed in the centre; around them the bulls and stron g oxen make a formidable circle with their horned heads turned to the front, off ering determined resistance to the fiercest foe. `These fighting bulls will even sometimes rush with dreadful bellowing to meet the enemy; and should it be a mighty lion or other strong and daring monster, sa crifice their own lives in defence of the herd. `It is said that formerly, when Hottentot tribes made war on one another, it wa s not unusual to place a troop of these stout-hearted warriors in the van of the little army, when their heroism led to decisive victory on one side or the othe r. `But,' continued, I, `although I can see you are all delighted with my descript ion of these fine warlike animals, I think we had better train this youngster to be a peaceable bull. Who is to have charge of him?' Ernest thought it would be more amusing to train his monkey than a calf. Jack, with the buffalo and his hunting jackal, had quite enough on his hands. Fritz wa s content with the onager. Their mother was voted mistress of the old grey donke y. And I myself being superintendent-in-chief of the whole establishment of anim als, there remained only little Franz to whose special care the calf could be co mmitted. `What say you, my boy--will you undertake to look after this little fellow?' `Oh yes, father!' he replied. `Once you told me about a strong man, I think his name was Milo, and he had a tiny calf, and he used to carry it about everywhere . It grew bigger and bigger, but still he carried it often, till at last he grew so strong that when it was quite a great big ox, he could lift it as easily as ever. And so you see, if I take care of our wee calf and teach it to do what I l ike, perhaps when it grows big I shall still be able to manage it, and then--oh, papa--do you think I might ride upon it?' I smiled at the child's simplicity, and his funny application of the story of M ilo of Crotona. `The calf shall be yours, my boy. Make him as tame as you can, and we will see about letting you mount him some day; but remember he will be a great bull long

before you are nearly a man. Now what will you call him?' `Shall I call him "Grumble", father? Hear what a low muttering noise he makes!' `"Grumble" will do famously.' `Grumble, Grumble. Oh, it beats your buffalo's name hollow, Jack!' `Not a bit,' said he, `why, you can't compare the two names. Fancy mother sayin g, "Here comes Franz on Grumble, but Jack riding on the Storm." Oh, it sounds su blime!' We named the two puppies Bruno and Fawn, and so ended this important domestic b usiness. For two months we worked steadily at our salt-cave, in order to complete the ne cessary arrangement of partition walls, so as to put the rooms and stalls for th e animals in comfortable order for the next long rainy season, during which time , when other work would be at a standstill, we could carry on many minor details for the improvement of the abode. We levelled the floors first with clay; then spread gravel mixed with melted gy psum over that, producing a smooth hard surface, which did very well for most of the apartments; but I was ambitious of having one or two carpets, and set about making a kind of felt in the following way. I spread out a large piece of sailcloth, and covered it equally all over with a strong liquid, made of glue and isinglass, which saturated it thoroughly. On it we then laid wool and hair from the sheep and goats, which had been carefully c leaned and prepared, and rolled and beat it until it adhered tolerably smoothly to the cloth. Finally it became, when perfectly dry, a covering for the floor of our sitting-room by no means to be despised. One morning, just after these labours at the salt-cave were completed, happenin g to awake unusually early, I turned my thoughts, as I lay waiting for sunrise, to considering what length of time we had now passed on this coast, and discover ed, to my surprise, that the very next day would be the anniversary of our escap e from the wreck. My heart swelled with gratitude to the gracious God, who had t hen granted us deliverance, and ever since had loaded us with benefits; and I re solved to set tomorrow apart as a day of thanksgiving, in joyful celebration of the occasion. My mind was full of indefinite plans when I rose, and the day's work began as u sual. I took care that everything should be cleaned, cleared and set in order bo th outside and inside our dwelling: none, however, suspecting that there was any particular object in view. Other more private preparations I also made for the next day. At supper I made the coming event known to the assembled family. `Good people! do you know that tomorrow is a very great and important day? We s hall have to keep it in honour of our merciful escape to this land, and call it Thanksgiving-Day.' Everyone was surprised to hear that we had already been twelve months in the co untry--indeed, my wife believed I might be mistaken, until I showed her how I ha d calculated regularly ever since the 31st of January, on which day we were wrec ked, by marking off in my almanac the Sundays as they arrived for the remaining eleven months of that year. `Since then,' I added, `I have counted thirty-one days. This is the 1st of Febr uary. We landed on the 2nd; therefore tomorrow is the anniversary of the day of

and let you superintend and regulate everything connected with the lapse of time. and went to sleep. Professor Ernest! We must elect you astronomer royal in this our ki ngdom. and cut a notch in it every day. turning to his hammock. we all went quietly to breakfast. Afterwards we sat together for a long time. expressive of joyful praise and thanksgiving.' `Oh. `Fritz! Dress quickly and come with me!' cried I. in consideration of the good inten tion which had prompted the deed. and seconds in a year or two. satisfied that the day had at least been duly inaugurated. so that even t he youngest among us was impressed and solemnized at the recollections of escape from a terrible death. and talking of all that had taken place on the memorable days of the storm a year ago. make a day. Nothing less than a roar of artillery startled me from sleep at daybreak next m orning.our escape. as well as many beautiful vers es from the Psalms.' Before they went to sleep.' returned he p romptly. Lo. for I desired that the awful events of that time should live in the remembrance of my children with a deepening sense of gratitude of our deliveran ce. As my bookseller has not sent me an almanac for the present year. I was hastily dressing. Ernest?' `The year contains 365 days. I sprang up and found my wife as much alarmed as I was by the noise. when their voices were heard. 48 minutes and 45 seconds. wouldn't you?' `Not at all! Every four years I would add them all together. to see how the weeks and months and years go by. Therefore I read aloud passages from my journal. oth erwise I should have been inclined to believe it fancy. Altogether bewildered. and in the year. I could hear my boys whispering among themselves. stick it into February. `We must have a long stick.' said Ernest. li ke Robinson Crusoe. enjoying the calm beauty of the mor ning. and. and call that year leap year. if you know for certain the number of days in each mont h. without considering that an unexpected cannon-shot would s tartle us unpleasantly from our slumbers. far more surprising than my simple plan for their diversion . little guessing that the rogues had laid a counter-plot. smiling.' `Well done. that will be good fun for us. ab out `father's mysterious allusions' to next day's festival and rejoicings. but I offered no explanation. We readily forgave the authors of our alarm. `Perfectly correct!' said I. i t was empty! Neither he nor Jack were to be seen. and also led to bless and praise the name of the Lord ou . clocks and watches included. minutes. Fritz hastened t o apologize for the thoughtless way in which they had sought to do honour to the Day of Thanksgiving. `but you would get in a mess with those s pare hours. we must henceforth reckon for ourselves.' `That is all very well. an d they rushed in shouting: `Hurrah! Didn't we rouse you with a right good thundering salute?' But perceiving at a glance that we had been seriously alarmed. What do you say. 5 hours. and count them up every now and then.

r Deliverer. and then I started a running match. who began to bustle about in eager preparations for t he contest. It was then fixed in the attitude most characteristic of the creature. Ernest hit the body once. in which Fritz again came off victor. by a lucky chance. `Shooting. where the ducks and geese were quietly resting. and in this practise I saw with pleasure that my elder sons were really skilful. foreseeing that a time might come when ammunit ion would fail.' Uttering these last words in a stentorian voice and wildly waving my arms towar ds a shady spot. Each of the three competitors was to fire twic e. Fritz. swimming. Ernest and Jack were to run to Falconhurst. away went the racers in fine style. climbing. to the infinite amusement of the children. and the distance for firing measured off. running.' said I. a penknife I had accidentally left on the table in my sleeping-room. had the absurd effect I intended. Fritz and Jack. gabbling and quacking loudly. riding. After this followed arc hery.' repl ied I. and I then announced for the afternoon a `Grand Display of Athletic Sports'. we will have an exhibition of your skill in all. As for Jack. At a given signal. This target was admired. shot the ears clean away from the head. Dinner followed shortly after this happy service. He re is a mark I have got ready for you. I threw a little board a s high as I possibly could up in the air. Then desiring the competitors to load with small shot. producing a board roughly shaped like a kangaroo. while even little Franz acquitted himself well. and of about the size of one. what a grand idea!' `Oh. Fritz hit the kangaroo's head each time. A second trial with pistols ensued. which feat raised a sho ut of laughter. Up they all started in a fright. and begging to know with what they were to begin. `Father. In this I found to my surprise that the sedate Ernest succeeded quite as well a s his more impetuous brother Fritz. A pause ensued. each in turn aiming at and endeavourin g to hit it before it touched the ground. his flying board escaped wholly uninjured. Now for it! `Trumpeters! Sound for the opening of the lists. The first to reach the tree was to bring me. which I liked to encourage. putting . `Let us have shooting first. by the most direct path. and Jack. and a long leather strap for a tail. in which I and my wife were to b e spectators and judges. in proof of his success. father?' `The judges offer prizes for competition in every sort of manly exercise. how jolly! Are we to run races?' `And prizes! Will there be prizes. but Jac k could not rest satisfied till he had added ears. leaping. and the rest when the heat of the day declines.

and holding the end of a long cord he made the animal. in a most di verting way. and made him gallop home with me. my wife havi . And when he put on the shark-skin buskins. Ernest exhibited too much anxiety and eff ort. then flinging himself off. and then on the other. and after hearing all particulars about the running. Ernest holding up the knife in token of being the winner. prepare to see something quite new and wonderful! Th e great bull-tamer. and soon became exhausted. But long before we expected to see them back. I caught Storm. desires the honour of exhibiting before you . he played antics like a squirrel or a monkey: peeping and grinn ing at us. walk.forth all their powers. when little Franz appeared from the stable in the cave. Master Jack?' He shouted merrily as he dashed up to us. By this time.' Then taking a whip. leadin g young Grumble the bull-calf. and a bridle passed through his nose ring. no movement b etokened either exertion or weariness. The child saluted us with a pretty little air of confidence. a tremendous noise of galloping c aused us to look with surprise towards the bridge. Lightfoot and old Grizzle chose to join me--I neve r invited them!' By and by the other boys arrived. He ascended with remarkable agility th e highest palms whose stems he could clasp. Riding followed. to be in time to se e the others come puffing in. most learned judges. and marvellous feats were performed. and the competitors found a plun ge in salt water very refreshing after their varied exertions. thundering along on his buffalo. exclaiming: `Now. we returned to our dwelling. which I predicted he would be better able to mai ntain than such a furious rate as his brothers. At home in the element. and Jack made his appearance. The sports were concluded by swimming-matches. so renouncing all idea of the prize. at t he word of command. and showed off Grumble's somewhat awkward paces. `What sort of foot-race do you call this. I thought the riding was over. while Jack was far too violent and hasty. `that I hadn't a chance. but could not come near the grace and skill of t heir active and lively young brother. who started at a good steady pace. trot and gallop in a circle round him. Franz gave token of future skill. as it was getting late. He afterwards m ounted. which enabled him to take firm hold of larger trees. and the whole party in the wildest spirits. Fritz and Ernest climbed well. and saluti ng us in a playful way: `I very soon saw. at first on one side of the stem. and that he ha d reached Falconhurst two minutes before Fritz. Fritz and Jack proving th emselves very equal in their management of their different steeds. with a neat saddle of kangaroo hide. running in advance of Ernest. Fritz showed himself a master in the art. Milo of Crotona. In this exercise Jack performed wonders. took the lead at once.' said he. we proceeded to test the climbin g powers of the youthful athletes. `Hollo!' cried I. with the onager and the donkey tearing after h im riderless.

which we thought would be of use to him in the character of bull-trainer. pretending to play various instruments in imitation of a b and. and a driving whip made of rhinoceros hide. The boys marched in. where sure enough we found the first detachment of the birds already busy with the fruit. we removed with all speed to our home in the tree. I advanced. who make it of fresh caoutchouc mixed with oil. we hastened home. with even greater success than before. in all stages of ripeness. We found her seated in great state. Fritz. Soon after the great festival of our grand Thanksgiving Day I recollected that it was now the time when. regretting the time it would take to go such a distance. that nothing would serve them but another salvo of art illery in order to close with befitting dignity and honour so great a preceded us in order to make arrangements for the ceremony of prize-giving. which she accepted with equal surprise and delight. I was beginning to propose an expedition to the Gourd-tree wood. and of so good a quality that it has been known to c atch even peacocks and turkeys. immense flocks of ortolans and wild pigeons were attracted thither. as winner of the running-match. stood before her. The whole entertainment afforded the boys such intense pleasure. Fritz and Jack were therefore dispatched to collect some fresh caoutchouc from the trees. both of which gave him extraordinary pleasure. in which to bring the gum. dishes. when my wife reminded me of her plantation near the pota to-field. s hortly afterwards we joined in family worship and retired to rest. and solemnly presented t o my wife a lovely work-box. I resolved to concoct a strong sort of bird-lime. which she bestowed with a few words of praise and encouragement. flasks and spoons of all sorts and sizes . In order to spare ammunition. awaiting the reward of valour from the Queen of Beauty. They took a supply of calabashes. Franz received a pair of stirrups. plates. and a beautiful hunting-knife. and crops of go urds and pumpkins. laying aside t he building work. and a riding w hip. to his immense delight. Jack had a pair of silver-plated spurs. a splendid double-barrelled rifle. Selecting a great number suited to our purpose. and as we had found those pres erved last year of the greatest use among our stores of winter provisions. the figs at Falconhurst being ripe. with the prizes set out by her side. For climbing and riding. There to our joy we found that all the plants were flourishing. covered the ground. To Ernest. they nothi ng loth set off. and we found it hi gh time to manufacture a fresh stock of these useful vessels. and began the manufacture of basins. and therefore. and then at las t their excited feelings seeming relieved. like the victors in a tournament of old. of which I had read in some account of the Palm Islanders. we were able to sit down to supper. bowing respectfully. and as this involved a good gallop on Storm and Lightfoot. . filled with every imaginable requirement for a lady 's work-table. and their spir its rose to such a pitch. and then all four. They gave me no peace till they had leave to squander some gunpowder. received as the prize for shooting and swimming. I wou ld not miss the opportunity of renewing our stock. When the ceremony was supposed to be over. was given a handsome gold watch.

that it is used as a sort of universal medicine. This they did in a way that nearly choked us with laughter. till per . in cultivating the soil! Being curious to make out what they were at. the sheep and goats scattered. and crept near enough to see that the apes were most industriously grubbing up and eating roots. and an animal which they called a marmot. and there prized and valued beyond everything. being supposed to prolong human life.' said Jack. and thought them very nice. We tasted them. and has lately been discovered in Canada. and a curious root which they introduced by the name of the monkey plant. and bid him unfasten the shutters--you know what nimble fin gers they have. so we loosed the dogs. A crane. for when the root was rat her hard to pull up.' answered Fritz. and then I daresay the cunning rascals put a little monkey in at some small opening. and hunted the fowls and c reatures about. First they must have got into the yards and sheds. but I imagined it might be what is called in Chi na 'ginseng'. `And pray wherefore "monkey plant". turpentine and wax berries for candles. i t is cultivated in Pennsylvania. and guards are pl aced round land where it grows. may I ask?' `Well. leaving plenty of the roots about. the fowls t errified. because the Americans introduce it secretly int o China as smuggled merchandise. and covered with mud and dirt. `The emperor alone has the right to permit it to be gathered. Will you try one?' The plant was quite new to me. and the leaves were torn off. but which to me seemed much more like a badger. but mercy on us! What a confusion the plac e was in! Everything smashed or torn. shot by Fritz. `Ginseng is to be found in Tartary. `it was easy to see that those dreadful monkeys had done it al l. father. conjuring up i n her imagination hordes of savages who would soon come and lay waste Falconhurs t and Tentholm as well as Woodlands. the contents of the rooms dashed about as if a whirlwind had swept through the house. we tied up the dogs. I continued: `In China it is considered so strengthening and wholesome. for this reason. they had also collected. and up came the root unable to resist the leverage! `Of course we wanted to see what this dainty morsel was like. Aniseed. `We came upon an open space in the forest near Woodlands. for example. `How can that have happened? Did you discover the authors of all this mischief? ' `Oh. The children being curious to hear more about this ginseng. Then of course the whole posse of them swarmed into our nice tid y cottage and skylarked with every single thing they could lay paws on. while my wife looked horrified at the news.' Fritz then continued: `After this we went on to Woodlands. and perceived a troop of monkeys. they seized it firmly in thei r teeth. and the apes cleared out double quick. and flung themselves fairly heels-over-head in the most ludicrous fashi on you ever saw.When the riders returned with the caoutchouc. apparently engaged as Jack said. as well as Storm and Lightfoot. they brought several novelties be sides.' `What!' I exclaimed.

`We thought now was our time to get a shot at the cranes and cautiously approac hed. would require to be used with caution. the monkey pla nt. got some turpentine and a bag of rice--a nd set off for home. and bethought them of the "ginseng". and threw him into the air. `Hastening forward. just as if the ba nd had begun to play a quick march after a slow one. the mov ements of the leaders. and found them very palatable. upon which the whole flock arose and followed them with a rush like a sudden squall of wind. causing wild confusion among the cranes. as you ca ll it. and it was useless to attempt a shot. but unwilling to miss the chance of securing at least one of the birds. we went regularly to work with the bird-lime. would soar again upward with a strong but somewhat heavy flight. They began gradually to d escend. `With a piercing cry he soared away high above them. the whole multitude. Many darted to the ground. a struggle followed . however. and began to feast on the fresh g rain. as though at the word of command. alighted on the rice-fields. sought to defend itself. and at a slower rate. who instantly sprang into the air utte ring loud trumpet-like cries. just touching it. and they came together to the ground not far from where we stood. luckily unhurt.' Fritz's interesting story being ended. and rapidly descended to ea rth in a variety of lively ways. taking the direction of the lake. `Some alighted at once. out in the woods yonder.' pursued Frit z. while others hovered sportively over them. `we heard a sound of rushing wings and strange ringing cries as of multitudes of birds passing high above us. The e agle. adhesive mixture of c . `After gambolling in this way for a time. if it really proved to be the ginseng of the Chinese. lest they should take alarm. then shot downwards like a n arrow. and as soon as breakfast was over . and looking up we perceived them flying quickly in a wedge-shaped flock at a great height in the air. and supper ready. `We were quite startled. they quickened their motion. but dared not show ourselves or follow th em. `Presently. and we came unexp ectedly upon their outposts or sentinels. and. and with one accord. being of an aromatic and heating nature. but they were too cunning to let themselves be surprised. the mischievous villains!' `While we were gazing at all this ruin in a sort of bewilderment. The tough. where we found them so busy refreshing themselve s. either boiled or stewed. who appeared to be examining the neighbourhood. and separated into a number of small d etachments which followed in a long straight line.haps they got hungry all at once. We could now see what large birds they must be. and near enough for us to see that they must be cranes. We resolved to transplant a supply of both roots to our kitchen garden. Chapter 10 On the following morning we were early astir. we made trial of the n ew roots. I hastily unhooded my ea gle. was rewarded with a small pigeon from my game-bag. `The one which the eagle attacked. `After this we went back to Woodlands. to my grief I found the beautiful crane already dead.

confusion prevailed among the terrified birds. which I smeared over. it was as much as my wife and Franz could do to gather up the quantities of pigeons that soon lay on the ground. The prodigious number of the pigeons. bearing the sticks with them. unlike the rest. and put in the bags. but thei r use was speedily apparent: for darkness having come upon us almost before we r eached the wood. We turned homewards. the bird-lime acted well: the pigeons alighting. and at length. who fluttered helplessly through the branches. with piteous cries. so that we could find time for nothing else. dazzled and bewildered.aoutchouc oil and turpentine turned out well. When we beat and struck the branches. which we wished to preserve until their numbers greatly increased. I determined to make a raid upon them by torchlight. reminded m e that we had not then. who were roosting ther e in amazing numbers. a mere party of stragglers. a nd many falling. and perceived. fell to the ground. placing it then in a wic ker cage. after the manner of the colonists in Virginia. roasting and stewin g. we set out for the wood of sweet acorns. fresh lime spread. far beyond those of last year. they had become quite wild. as he felt unwilling to kill it. Jack presently brought a very pretty pigeon. as now. and we de rived no advantage from them: whereas now we would have a cot. that every branch was thickly laden with ortolans and wild pigeons. large flocks were there congregated. The birds were then removed. The sack s were speedily quite full. I went to prepare torches. boiling. and gently cleaned its feet and wings with oil and ashes from the stiff. where the fruit was plentiful. Seeing this. The boys brought rods. and made them place among the uppe r branches. even before we began to use the sticks. Meantime. but had seen only the last body of the season. and insufficient to the children. I took the trembling captive. were picked up. that measures might there be taken to prevent a r epetition of the monkey invasion. pu t our booty in safety. as I expected. Suddenly aroused by the glare of light. I hoped. Thi s he did. and we secured several pairs. witnessed their arrival at their feeding-places. stuck fast. provided merely with long bamboo canes. to show me. When evening drew on. greatly to my satisfaction. The sweet acorns of the evergreen oaks were also patronized. and the s nare set again. sticky mess with which it was bedaubed. and on reaching Falconhurst. The following day was wholly occupied in plucking. with pinewood and turpentine. These weapons appeared very curious. could I but catch the mischievous ras . comp ared to the masses which now weighed down the branches of all the trees in the n eighbourhood. and gladly withdrew to rest. and from the state of the ground under the trees it was evide nt that at night they roosted on the branches. torches and canvas sacks. and telling Jack to bring me any others like it which were caught. I lighted the torches. for t he night attack. the more completely were they bedaubed with the t enacious mixture. The more they fluttered and struggled. le aving it to them. and the birds most congregated. but next morning a great expedit ion to Woodlands was arranged. The boys quickly became able to carry on the work without my assistance. and seeing that it must be one of our own European b reed. so. and pigeon-pie wh enever we liked. as having ne cessarily let them go free when we landed.

thus making a kind of labyrinth. ourselves unseen. however. to inflict upon them such a chastisement as w ould effectually make them shun the neighbourhood of our farm for the future. while she. They seemed innumerable. all in turn became besmeare d with our bird-lime on head. till. made our way silently behind the thicke ts. paws. The wretched predicament of the apes increased every instant. and chattering. too. so as to form an irregular paling round the house. I took with me abundance of specially prepared birdlime. some scrambling on to the roof. with Franz and Turk. Gradually. and all being then acco mplished. as they rambled over the place. rapid way in which they swarmed hith er and thither. and stuck fast together: the mo . with horrid c ries. Night came without any interruption to our proceedings. as we were likely to be ab sent several days. we could command a view of all that went on. some rushing at t he eatables. We armed ourselves with strong clubs and cudgels. plenty of string. made it difficult to judge accurately of their numbers. The dog s. lest they should roam about. Everything was plentifully besmeared with bird-lime. The buffalo carried all these things. looking the picture of bewildered despair. My wife provided us with a good store of provisions. were tied up. racing and tumbling a cross the grassy space towards the house. back or breast. well concealed by thick bushes and underwood.cals at their work of destruction. tried to clean themselves. and in due time we arrived at a convenient spot in the for est. a number of short posts. winding string in and out in all directions between them. which they trailed abou t after them. and str ange indeed was the scene which ensued! The noise of rustling. Some sat down. through which it would be impossible to pass without touching either the stakes or the cords. and holding the dogs in leash. at once attracted by the novelti es they saw. endeavoured to help one another. such as we knew betokened the approach of a large number of apes. and a supply of cocoanut shells and gourds. and I lost no time in preparing for the reception of visitors. remained at home. and shrieks. and betray our presence. where we made a little encampment. and basins of the mixture were set in all directions. again. increased to a degree sufficient to make us p erfectly giddy. crackling and creaking among the branches. with a view to forcing an entrance. and one or two of the boys besides. They das hed fearlessly through and over the palings in all directions. springing. Very early in the morning we heard a confused noise. and with the most ludicrous gestures. and out of sight before they arrived. Others were hopelessly entangled in stakes and cordage. when. but the confused. hoping to be all ready for them. We found the cottage quite quiet and deserted. pitching the small tent and tethering the animals. We drove the stakes lightly into the ground. and then out from the forest poured the whole disorderly rabble of monkeys. they made for the jars and bowls. and other dainties for bai t. we retired to rest beneath the shelter of our little tent. near Woodlands. I mys elf bestrode the ass. scrambling. where they commenced tugging at the wooden pegs. far stronger than that which we used for the pigeons. strewed with rice. Others. leaping from the trees. maize.

Numbers took to flight. wher e we were joyfully welcomed. and he blundered about. wher e they remained in woeful durance. . and I was pleased to think of domesticati ng them. many apes found themselves fixed to. as we had spread bird-lime on several of the trees around. yelling. hastened to turn their thou ghts to active employment in removing and burying the slain. In a few days. burning the stakes. fully sharing their feelings. and the boys began to be quite sad an d downhearted. for we were obliged to do our part with the clubs and sticks. for the shell stuck to his forehead and whiskers. Much can be done by m they pulled. having met with descriptions of its resplendent g reen. caught on some of t he limed sticks we had placed loose in the branches. bronze. `Do you expect to catch more like these?' `Not exactly catch them. At least forty apes lay mangled and dead. Woodlands was once more set in order. as though burning with zeal to execute justice upon desperate criminals. goats. containing palm wine. hoping to settle them once more peacefully in their yar ds and sheds. Fritz!' Further explanation I declined to give. After that we betook ourselves to the task of restoring order to our dismantled cottage. bowls. whose impatience had been almost uncontrollable. Most ridiculous of all was the condition of one old fellow. we g radually collected them. I loosed the three dogs. or hanging from the branches. On going to look. everything concerned in the execution of our deadly stratagem. cordage. was immediately fitted wi th a mask. in every conceivable tone of rage and pain. and establishing them as first tenants of a suitable dwelling near the cave. and who now rushed to the attack of the unfortunate monk eys. and tugged. of course covering his eyes. I mean to practise a secret art. Many had the gourds and cocoanut shells lumbering and clattering about with the m. so that we returned without further adventure to Falconhurst. who had found a cal abash. to make the proposed pige on-house in the rock. the worse became their plight. till the din of howling. we repeatedly heard a sound as of something heavy falling f rom a tree. we found three splendid birds. the third I ass umed to be the Nicobar pigeon. bar king. till I. and everything settled and comfortable. struggling and shrieking horribly. their paws having been caught when they sought to obtain the rice or fruit we had put for bait. eagerly drinking it. cutting the wildest capers in his efforts to g et rid of the encumbrance. w e made arrangements for a prolonged stay. and poultry. Two of these proved to be a variety of the Blue Molucca pigeon. While thus engaged. and kicked. The place soon had the appearance of a ghastly battlefield. The panic being now general. and steely-blue plumage. `First tenants. but. Several other things there also requiring our attention. father!' said Fritz. and. and we looked with a shudder on the shocking spectacle around us. Every one agreed that we must go at once to Tentholm. gave place to an awful silence . and seeking for the scattered flock of sheep.

and s crambled up the ladder to peep in at a little pane of glass I had fixed in front . while I muttered a seeming in cantation. finally darting quite out of sight.' `I shall want some oil of aniseed besides. father. the whole party took wing. pressing it strongly: the result answered my purpose. and summoning Fri tz: `Now. and I waved a wand with mock solemnity. . or shutters. and arrange a cord on the sliding door of the dove-cot. as Fritz called it. bring me the mortar and some oil. they reappeared. then. Presently out popped the pretty heads of the captives. the noble foreigners. they withdrew. While we were yet gazing after them. I se t the other children to work at some distance from our cavern. and become s cented with what will attract the wild pigeons. of which I will compound a mixture. as though suddenly startled. therefore. fac ing towards Jackal river. You must know such gentry are very i ngenious. All my preparations being completed. aniseed and salt.' said I. When.' When this was strongly impregnated with the aromatic oil from the seeds (for I did not purpose to distill it in regular style). I strained it through a cloth. and circling above us.My plan for the pigeon-house was to hollow out an ample space in the cliff.' `I can easily get you those things. up sprang the three blue pigeons. not only in keeping their own pigeons safe. understanding that some ceremony was to attend the event. Also he poured fresh aniseed oil all about th e entrance. telling t hem that if they liked to make haste. Yes. and settled quietly on th e dove-cot. with the shrill whizzing sound peculiar to the flight of pigeons. by which it cou ld be opened or closed from below. and walk about. but in adding to their num bers by attracting those of other people. the soft eyes glanced ab out in all directions. for whom chiefly I had planned the house. we thought it was fit for habitation. slides. `to put on the pigeon-holes . the pigeons were installed in their new re sidence. All I want is some soft clay. and the slides closed. This I can obtain by pounding an iseed. Everybody came to the dove-cot. and awoke the rest of the family.' said I. where the birds could rest. so that the birds' feathers may touch it as they pass in and out. after which we returned. and then gave Fritz a sign to draw up the sliding panel. higher. and pecking at the `magic food '. laughing at his puzzled look. with entrance-holes. and when the other boys came home. `I me an to play a regular pigeon-dealer's trick. they came timid ly out on `the verandah'. and directed him to ascend the rope ladder. and rising in circles high in air. and the smell of which will bring others to share it with them.' I continued. and close to our rocky home. they might see me let the pigeons fly. as little Franz expressed it. but as we congratulated ourselves on a return which showed they acce pted this as a home. they ventured forth again. after the work of a few weeks. winged their rapid way direct towards Falconhurst. fitting that up with part itions. and a broad platform in f ront. Early on the third morning I aroused Fritz. `it is time to conjure the new colonists to their settlement here. although he did not betray my secret arts to his brothers . which our birds will like very muc h. they rose higher. while a large wooden front was fitted on to the opening. they saw them all contentedly picking up grain. perches and nesting-places. The European birds were by this time quite frien dly with the three beautiful strangers. my faithful assistant. and the scent would certai nly remain for some days.

Accordingly a general rush was made out of the cave. and to our delight the second blue pigeon arrived. likewise with a mat e. The third and handsomest of the new pigeons was the last in making his appearan ce. is gathered from the bark of old tree s. that I fear ed them lost to us for ever. sidling. for he was billing and cooing to a mate. we fully expected them. but the ch ild returned directly. Endeavouring to console ourselves by petting our four remaining birds. Besides. they soon made themselves at home. Pull the cord and close the panel!' shouted the boys . . Nothing. in the West Indies. after a pretty little flirtation scene of real and assumed modesty on h er part. and we saw with delight th at the third stranger also had returned with a lovely bride. however. exclaiming that we must hasten to the dove-cot to see som ething beautiful. and hangs in great tuft-like beards. `Now. for he popped in and ou t at the door. `I fully believe we shall see them all soon!' Out ran everybody to the dove-cot. Late in the day Franz and his mother went out to provide for supper. apparently inviting her to enter his dwelling. Jack sprang in full of exc itement. until the shy little lady yielded to his blandishments. let's shut the door. `You want to play us a trick. Nicobar' as a matter of course.Their departure had such air of determination and resolve about it. and cooing. he succeeded in leading home. I observed a long grey moss or lichen. `Stop!' cried I. However. and thought it might very possi bly be the same which.' `Why should it be "nonsense"?' cried I. whose keen eye marked the bi rds afar. Perhaps he had greater difficulty than the others in finding a mate as disti nguished in rank and beauty as himself. and among the materials collected by t he birds. the others will be coming--would you shut the door in their fac es?' `Here they come! Here they come!' exclaimed Fritz. whom. in a most irresistible manner. to be sure! Hurrah! Hurrah!' `Oh. and Mrs. where it grows. sure enough. exclaiming: `He is there! He is come! He really is!' `Who? Who is there? What do you mean?' `The blue pigeon. and tripped daintily in. when most of us were hard at work inside the cavern. we could not forget this disappointment. but not alone. and there. `Let the string alone! I won't have you frighten the little da rlings. a stranger of his o wn breed. and encouraged by t he presence of the first arrivals. making a rush at the string. stood the pretty fel low. and the boys talked of the arrival of `Mr. to be used instead of ho rse-hair for stuffing mattresses. was seen of the fugitives until about the middle of next day. nonsense!' said Ernest. bowing. and all day long the dove-cot remained the cent re of attraction. In a short time nest-building commenced.

My wife no sooner heard of it. which made a firm place on which to lean. `And I thank God for it. until at length Jack. and they were ca refully planted in our orchard. which were close by. at which we could have laughed. that I tried to get at them. right over the swamp. and crawled. and get rid of the slimy traces of your disa ster! You have brought me splendid canes. while Fangs ran yelping backwa rds and forwards between me and the bank. than her active brain devised fifty plans for ma king it of use. This time. my boy!' cried I.' replied he. but nobody came. Would we but collect enough. for I knew she un derstood weaving. and splitting them carefully . sometimes luggi ng them along with me. and you have shown great presenc e of mind. He dragged and pulled. sometimes on my reeds like a raft. but in I wen t deeper and deeper. so despair drove me to think of an expedient. saddles. muddy and green li ke himself. much finer than those close by the edge. pillows. He went off early on one of his own particular private expeditions. was to help me to make a row. and waded.' `A fortunate escape indeed. I wonder you did not hear us! The very rocks rang. got into a scrape causing thereby no little excitement at home. `There I sat. I meant to try to construct a loom for my wife. a great bundle of Spanish canes was on his back. I can tell you. however. so I chose two fine strong reeds. till at last I slipped and sank over m y ankles. seeming surprised I did not follow. she would clean and sort it. He was in the habit of doing this that he might surprise us with some new acqui sition on his return. exactly what I want for a new scheme o f mine. Now go with your mother. he had lost a shoe. I managed to get astride on the r eeds. For some time no event of particular note occurr ed. and cushions she would st uff with it. Su ddenly I thought of catching hold of his tail. `At last who should appear but my faithful Fangs! He knew my voice and came clo se up to me. and th ere would be no end to the bolsters. but all the poor beast could do. that when dry they might be quite straight and equa . because I wanted to weave some baskets and hen-coop s. `I jumped from one firm spot to another. and bound them together into this bundle. bound them together again. and altogether presented a ludicrous picture of misery. till we luckily got back to terra firma. covered with mud and green slime. had he not seemed more ready to cry! `My dear boy! What has happened to you? Where have you been?' `Only in the swamp behind the powder magazine.' The fact was. and after much struggling. and I saw such beauties a little way off in the marsh. but nothing came of it. while I worked and kicked about to fre e my feet and legs. till I was above the knees in thick soft mud. But I had a near squeak for it. and there I s tuck! `I screamed and shouted. I cut down all the re eds I could reach round and round me. and I can tell you I was in a regular fright. `I went to get reeds for my wickerwork. I tried to get on towards the reeds. For the discovery of nutmegs we had also to thank the pigeons. he came back in most wretched plight. supported above the mud and slime. Fangs ha s really acted a heroic part as your deliverer. and I spra wled. father. as usual.

The supply was good. load after load arriv ed at the cavern. guavas. a son of the onager. heavy groundswells drove masses of water his sing and foaming against the cliffs. We established some of the animals with ourselves at the salt-cave. and especially incon venient on washing days. Everything heralded the approaching rains. It was now near the beginning of the month of June. fruits. and we had twelve weeks of bad weather before us. as th e demand for more sacks and bags was incessant. All nature joined in sounding forth the solemn overture to the grandest work of the year. and the comfort of having it close at hand so gre at. About this time.'* * He has forgotten his dictum about truth even in jest. and great was the in-gathering of roots. and torrents of rain s wept over the face of nature from time to time. rice. Heavy clouds gathered in the hori zon. Lightfoot. and grains. as they always said. that my wife declared she was as well pleased with our engineering as if we had made her a fountain and marble basin adorned with mermaids and dolphins. The sea was in frequent commotion. until a t last the raft was knocked to pieces. . The interior arrangements of the cavern being now well forward. sweet acorns. and fit for a frame. As I wanted to do this before the rainy season began. The cow. The name of `Swift' was given to him. was added to our stud. we soon saw how usefu l he would be. Pipes of hollow bamboo answered the purpose well. my wife knowing nothing of it. and my wife's active needle was in constant requisition. The boys did this for me without in the least knowing their use. I applied mysel f to contriving an aqueduct. and great fun they made of `father's monster toothpicks'. that fresh water might be led close up to our cave. with thunder. and he was to be trained fo r my own riding. I replied mysteriously: `Oh. and its tubs made to do duty in the store -rooms. I pressed forward all work connected with stores for the winter. her joy was only equalled by the amus ement and interest with which the children watched her movements while `playing the loom'. and passing storms of wind. I set about it at once. Anticipating the setting-in of the rains. while Knips. Smaller reeds were cut into pieces and sharpened for the teeth of the comb. for it was a long way to go to fetch it from Jackal River. Casks and barrels of all sorts and sizes were pressed into the service.l. th e ass. while to the incessant questions of the children. pine-cones. Storm and the dogs. a beautiful little foal. mother will know how to pl ay upon it. The weather became very unsettled and stormy. were all necessary to us. In time all the various parts of the loom were made ready and put together. lightning. Fan gs and the eagle were sure to be a great amusement in the long evenings. potatoes. and a large cask formed the r eservoir. And when the time came for presenting it. and as he promised to grow up strong and tractable. it is an outlandish sort of musical instrument.

arranged the workshops. and natural history ( several containing fine coloured illustrations). also a good assor tment of maps. and made further progress during a visit to England. all which we had found in the ship. travels. Ernest and Franz unde rtook the library. and setting the books in order. s trong bamboo. But in reality. capable of affording eve ry sort of educational advantage. fixing shelves. and a large chest of tools were set in convenient places. Ernest and Franz were highly successful as librarians. and I never ceased contriv ing fresh improvements. by means of which. With French we were well acquainted. divinity. Much remained to be done in order to give the cave a comfortable appearance. mathematical and astronomical instruments. This we planted in the earthen floor. while Fritz and I. indeed. could speak that language pretty well. benches. tables. which would reach right up to the vaulted roof. when unpacked and arranged. . The carpenter's bench. as better a ble for heavy work. bellows. it afforded a very fair amount of light. Jack and his mother took in hand the sitting-room and kitchen. I drew up a large ship's lantern. as well as standard fictions in several languages. cupboards. proved to be a most valuable collection. charts. is found to constitute the main element of happiness.The boys would ride over to Falconhurst very often to see that all was in order there. This . I foresaw much interesting study on discovering that we possessed the grammars and dictionaries of a great many languages. the more there was to do the better. and I set myself to invent a reme dy. who had once been intimate with a Dutch family. complete. well supplied with oil. and fetch anything required. Jack ascended this pole very cleverly. being fully aware of the importance of constant employme nt as a means of strengthening and maintaining the health of mind and body. and as there were four wicks. Besides a variety of books of voyages. Several days were spent in arranging the different rooms. packed together. when he d escended. with fire-place. and an vil. Our rocky home was greatly improved by a wide porch which I made along the whol e front of our rooms and entrances. a nd sheltering it with a verandah of bamboo. we still found in all directions work to b e done. and ready to set up. securing it well by driving wedges in round it. I called in Jack's assistance. An adjoining chamber was kitted up as a forge. The darkness of the inner regions annoyed me. The books. and we got a very tall. with a consciousness of continual progress toward a desirable end. Their mother. After some thought. supported by pillars of the same. the turning l athe. and we often thought of the e normous amount of work necessary to maintain the comforts and conveniences of li fe which at home we had received as matters of course. pegs. door-handles a nd bolts--there seemed no end to our requirements. by levelling the ground to form a terrace. taking with him a hammer and chisel to e nlarge a crevice in the roof so as to fix a pulley. and an excelle nt pair of globes. there were histories and scient ific works. and many tools a nd instruments hung on the walls. a subject for which we all had a tas te. wh ich became more desirable now that we had to live indoors. Shelves. movable steps. Fritz and Ernest had begun to learn English at school. When the great affairs were settled.

a musical-box. already possessing considerable knowledge of Latin. a pair of cotton-wool carders. and a spinning-wheel for my wif e. The uproar of the elements came to an end at last. Thunder roared. Our family circle by and by represented Babel in miniature. elegant writing tables and handsome chai rs. a pair of co nsole tables with polished marble tops. and that of Rockburg was chosen unanimously. wished to continue to study it. there should be at leas t one of the family able to communicate with them. torrents rushed towards the sea. . and felt as though we were strutting about in borrowed plumes . lashed to fury by t he tempests of wind which swept the surface of the deep. and presently Fritz wi th his sharp eyes observed something on the small island near Flamingo Marsh. The children begged me to decide on a name for our salt cave dwelling. for a walk along the coast. he said. lightning blazed. The weeks of imprisonment passed so rapidly that no one found time hang heavy o n his hands. and the storms fiercer than ever. so as to be able to make use of the many works on natural history a nd medicine written in that language. the weather for a while became wilder. and soon all traces of the rav ages of floods and storms would disappear beneath the luxuriant vegetation of th e tropics. which came in raging billows to meet them. I myself was interested in the Malay language. Gladly quitting the sheltering walls of Rockburg to roam once more in the open air. Nature resumed her attitude of repose. and by degrees our abode was fitted up like a palace. Books occupied me so much that but little carpentering was done.After a great deal of discussion. Occasionally we amused ourselves by opening chests and packages hitherto untouc hed. yet I made a y oke for the oxen. long and rounded. so th at in the event of meeting with people of other nations. ea ch sporting his newly acquired word or sentence on every possible occasion. for scraps and frag ments of all these tongues kept buzzing about our ears from morning to night. All determined to improve our knowledge of German and French. Jack announced that he meant to learn Spanish `because it sounded so grand and imposing'. knowing it to be so widely spoke n in the islands of the Eastern Seas. and thinking it as likely as any other to be useful to us. wardrobes. and brought unexpected treasures to light--mirrors. prop ounding idioms and peculiar expressions like riddles. clocks of various descriptions. In this way. to puzzle the rest. resembling a boat bottom upwards. As the rainy season drew to a close. wh ich was. we crossed Jackal River. her smiling aspect of peaceful beauty. we agreed to study different languages. The two elder boy s were to study English and Dutch with their mother. and everyo ne came to know a few words of each language. the labour of learning was very considerably lightened. and a chronometer were found. so that sometimes we wond ered at ourselves. Ernest.

' `Oh father!' cried Fritz.' said I. `Don't you know there are iron wheels in the clockwor k of the large kitchen-jacks? I'm sure mother would give them up. it required some repairs. let us amuse ourselves with them for the present. gave him quite sufficient idea of shipwreck on an uninhabited island. and it is much pleasanter to gather these lovely shells.' `Is coral of any use?' demanded Jack suddenly. and asked my permission to do so. I found them only half-way to the great fish. and we resol ved to make it the object of an excursion next day. and that his lively imagination must supply the rest. which commanded a view of t he mainland from Rockburg to Falconhurst. but we found a landing-place on the further side. than to cut up blu bber. as a solitar y family. The worst of it is.' `Yes. The boys found it hard work to row back. `You lazy fellows!' returned I. The boat was accordingly got in readiness.Examining it with the telescope. `but in the a fternoon. and began to beg of me to exert my won derful inventive powers in contriving some kind of rowing machine. tho ugh.' We were soon ready to return to the boat. that he might experience. It proved to be a huge stranded whale. The island being steep and rocky. perhaps I might be able to relieve your labours. assuring him that our fate. could you not?' `By the time I have manufactured a rowing-machine out of a roasting-jack. `Give me the great clockwork out of a church to wer.' said Ernest. father. my dear Fritz. I would not consent. . make train oil. indulging in a variety of surmises as to what we should fi nd. and then we made for t he point of interest. one does not well see what use t o make of the huge carcase. just look at the glorious shells and coral branches we are finding ! How does it happen that there are such quantities?' `Only consider how the recent storms have stirred the ocean to its depths! No d oubt thousands of shellfish have been detached from their rocks and dashed in al l direction by the waves. the sensations of Robinson Crusoe. it was necessary to be careful. On rejoining my sons. for an hour or two. `I can't say he's a beauty. being delighted to resume ou r old habit of starting in pursuit of adventure. and see if we can turn the stranded whale to good account. I am f ar from despising the hint. but Ernest had a fancy for remaining alone on the island till we came back. to be sure. I thi nk your arms will be pretty well inured to the use of your oars! However. while I clambered to the highest point of the islet. however.' `Well.' `Why. and you could make something out of them. which have thrown ashore even so huge a creature as th e whale yonder. we will return with the necessary implements. isn't he a frightful great brute!' cried Fritz. and as I dr ew near they shouted in high glee: `Oh. and fresh pitching. when the sea is calmer. To this. The boys hurried by the nearest way to the beach where lay the monster of the deep. I could form no other conjecture. `Ever so much larger than he seemed from a distance.

`The coral fishery gives employment to many men in the Persian Gulf. raise foundation s. were now empty. i t is greatly prized by savages. we may chance to be detained on the island. coral consists of the calcereous cells of minute animals . water and a compass. secured together at right angles. which will afford us e qual pleasure and instruction. labouring incessantly. `For the present we will arrange these treasures of the deep in our library. fertile islands appear. for a great deal was used in the large lantern which burn t day and night in the recesses of the cave. many. `The branches of the coral become entangled in the hemp and network. To this I gladly consented. the labour of the oar being greater than ever. and loaded with stones. it has stems and bran ches like a shrub. were put on board.`In former times it was pounded and used by chemists. these coral insects. an d inhabited by man. and made into beads for necklaces et cetera. and I believe tiny insects inhabit the cells. vegetable. . by which the apparatus is let down from a boat. an d make them the beginning of a Museum of Natural History. so built up as to form a tree-like structure. or forced to land at a considerable distan ce from home. but did you notice that the wind had changed. and we took a good ly fleet of these in tow. and are drawn to the surface of the water. we might ve ry possibly find a store of coral useful in bartering with them. `the sea has only just ceased from its r aging. now that our freight was so much increased. `For. they are b roken off from the rock. potted pigeons and other winter stores.' `One might almost say that coral belongs at once to the animal. once full of pickled herr ings.' remarked Fritz. and preparations set on foot. indeed. `Left undisturbed. in course of time. The more oil we co uld obtain the better. here we are at the landing-place!' exclaimed Jack. to the middle of which is fastened one end of a strong rope. clothed with verdure.' Dinner was quickly dispatched. The instrument commonly used consists of two heav y beams of wood.' `Why father. do they not. `It has seemed quite easy to pull since you began to tell us such interesting t hings. and the boys' climbing buskins. inspired my wife and Franz with a g reat wish to accompany us. and the proposed work for the afternoon. and other places. on which. Hemp and netting are attached to the under side of the beams. and guided to the spots where the coral is most abundant.' `Very interesting. but it is now chiefly use d for various ornaments. Knives. Fritz. `it is hard like stone. hatchets. fa ther?' `You are right. only stipulating that we should go provided with fo od.' said I. and being at the best of times of uncertain and capricious nature. and we set forth. Jack?' remarked Ernest as he shipped his oar. of course. the sight of the lovely shells and cora ls. therefore all available casks and b arrels were pressed into the service. As such. The animated recital of our adventures. the Medite rranean Sea. and were we to fall in with natives. and mineral kingdoms.

`Driving with open mouth through the congregated shoals of these little creatur es. not much larger than those of an ox. and separating it from the water. and went to work directly. what can the monster eat?' exclaimed Fritz. cutting out slabs of blubber. and repose on the surface of the sea. and medusae form his diet. then. and s wallows them at his leisure. `The nostrils. and the girth between thirty and forty. my first care was to place the boat. and continues his d estructive course until he has sufficiently charged his mouth with prey. he breathes atmospheric air. or blow-holes.The sea being calm. and the ears almost undiscernable. and splitting in to a sort of fringe at the extremity. `The breathings are called "spoutings. `he can never swallow a prope r mouthful down this little gullet!' `The mode of feeding adopted by the whale is so curious. and was nearly sixteen feet in length. so as to reach the whale bone. various molluscs. boys. while his mother and Franz helped as well as they could to put it in casks. `that I mu st explain it to you before we begin work.' I replied. lobsters. a large quantity of which was detached and carried to the boat. scrambling over the back to the head. Ernest laboured manfully at the creature's side. are placed. `Why. sometimes to a height of twenty feet. the whale engulfs them by millions in his enormous jaws. and the enormous head about one-third of the length of the entire hulk. Presently we had a multitude of unbidden guests. as well as the casks. in per fect security. you see. Its enormous size quite startled my wife and little boy. solid at the base. and the tide suiting better. The air was filled by the shri ll screams and hoarse croaks and cries of numbers of birds of prey. small f ish. frequents those parts of the oc ean best supplied with the various creatures on which he feeds. after which we proceeded to a close inspection of our prize. in order that the whale may rise to breathe. through the interstices of the whalebone. the length being from sixty to sixty-five feet. on the upper part of the hea d.' cried I. showing very little of his huge carcase." because a column of mixed vapor and wat er is thrown from the blow-holes. and full of oil. the opening of the thro at wonderfully small. `And now. masses of which appeared all along the jaws. The color was a uniform velvety black. they flew ar . `fasten on your buskins. the most c urious part of its structure being the remarkable substance known as whalebone. and cutting it up.000 lbs. scarcely two inches in diameter. where they assisted me to cut away the lips. th e water which he has taken with his prey. while the weig ht could not have been less than 50. `Closing his jaws and forcing out. the eyes quite small. we found it easy to land close to the whale. and let me see if you can fa ce the work of climbing this slippery mountain of flesh. soft. This arrangement is for the purpose of aid ing the whale in procuring its food. The tongue was remarkably large. he retains the captured animals. and would be drowned if too long detained bel ow the surface of the water). The jaw opened very far back. `This animal (for I should tell you that a whale is not a fish. this animal.' Fritz and Jack stripped. he possess no g ills. Shrimps.

clean clothes. snatching morsels greedily from under the very strokes of our knives and hatchets. we abandoned the remains to the birds of prey. This time we laid aside our clothes and wore only strong canvas trousers when w e commenced operations. with a full cargo. and made what haste we could to reach home and cleanse our persons from the unpleasant traces of the disgusting work in whi ch we had spent the day. The boys thought the tongue might prove equally palatable. but I valued it only on account of the large quantity of oil it contained. they could no t assist. Esquimaux and others. On the way. It was my intention to open the carcase completely.' We were right glad to land. father? Are t hey of any use?' `There are countries. and had no inclination to witness it. Necessity. A refreshing bath. to think of substitutes. they alighted close to us. We kept them off as well as we coul d by blows from our tools. like black di ce. then. having read that this is considered quite a delicacy. My wife and Franz were left behind. string and cordage. and other leather-work. and. and becoming bolder as their voracity was exc ited by the near view of the tempting prey. it appeared to strike the boys (who had made not the slightest obje ction to the singularly unpleasant task I had set them) as very strange that I s hould wish to possess what they had been working so hard to procure for me. which were vigorously carried on during the whole of the day. and. were no greater robbers than we ourselves. the mother of all the m ore valuable inventions. has taught the inhabitants of those countries. It was nearly time to leave the island. after all . Greenlan ders. thinking that it would be poss ible to convert the larger ones into vessels fit for holding the oil. and several were killed. as well as the skin. when properly dressed and cut in little cubes. harness. and supper. Next morning we started at dawn. who.ound us in ever narrowing circles. penetrating the interi or. to be used for traces. and we slept i n peace. set sail for land. by enthusiastic (and probably very hungry) travellers. . and they use the intestines of the whale for one purpose. to cocoanut and cream-cheese. and very soft and oily--but I knew it would sh rink and be tough and durable. of our unpleasant mat erials. With a heavy freight we put to sea. `What can have made you wish to bring away that brute's entrails. `where no wood grows of which to make barrels . Our work was seriously interrupted by these feathered marauders. and no hemp for thread. for the present. cheered us all up. my wife taking possession of them immediately for the sake of the feathers. and get rid.' I replied. to obtain various portions of the intestines. has been compared. but first I stripped off a long piece o f the skin. It was about three-quarters of an inch thick. which. I also took a part of the gums in which the roots of the baleen or whalebone wa s still embedded. for our pr oposed work was even more horrible than that of the preceding day. the sinews and nerves for the other. the further preparation of which was work in store for the following day . satisfied that we could do so with a clear conscience.

in which. said she. arms and food which would be required. Everyone wanted to go on board. A trip next day. it caused the bar to revolve rapidly. nevertheless. delighted to behold what they consider ed my brilliant success. among other things. as the chi ldren called our roughest store-room. in casks and bags made of the intestines. so that when it was wound up.Chapter 11 `Now for the finishing up of this dirty job. was promised to Cape Disappointme nt and the little settlement of Prospect Hill. she very urgently recommended that the new island should be the headquarters for another colony. especially from the boys. as in a cart wheel . merrily. of cours e turning with it the paddles fixed at either end. were fixed obliquely. And after the regular work was done. they confessed it would be better to allow wind and storms. This proposal met with hearty approval. Intending to be out all day. The sea was smooth . This day's work was far from agreeable. who were alwa ys charmed with any new plan. which when laid across the middle of the boat projected about a foot each way. and went off on a trial trip across the bay. However. and I determined to at tempt to make one. for I wished to get young cocoanut trees and shrubs of different kinds. that. which. and take a cruise. Although this contrivance left much to be desired in the way of improvement. with spades and mattocks. so that the purest and finest oil overflowed i nto vessels underneath. we splashed along at such a famous rate. who. we commenced o perations by raising a stand or rough scaffold on which the tubs full of blubber were placed and heavily pressed. Then the jack was arranged to act upon the machinery in the middle of the iron cross-bar. These were intended to do the rowers' part. was safely stowed away in the `cellar'. the house was left in good order. and by skimming and straining through a coarse cloth. The idea of a rowing-machine kept recurring to my brain. and the like'. strain train oil. endured it with her accustome d good temper. st ill when Fritz and I wound up the machinery. that the shores rang with the cheers and clapping of the whole family. and the dreadful smell oppressed us all . however. This proposal satisfied everybody. or paddles. I took an iron bar. and where you would find it so ver y convenient to boil whale-blubber. and reducing the whale to a skeleton before we revisited the island. as we all woke up next morning at daybreak. We directed our course towards the opposite side of the bay. and we retired early to rest. The evening was spent in preparing the dress es. and they were eager to act upon it at once. I provided this bar in the middle with rib bed machinery. in such a way that one of its strong cogwheels bit firmly into the ri bs. and begin our plantation there. and we departed on our expedition. birds and insects to do their work in purging the atmosphere. we might land on Whale Island. The blubber was afterwards boiled in a cauldron over a fire kindled at some dis tance from our abode. we s ucceeded in obtaining a large supply of excellent train oil. which consequently struck the water so as to propel the boat. more especially my poor wife. `any animals we leave would be safe from apes and other plunderers. where. on our way back. but as it was getting late. four flat spokes.' cried I. I could not consent. and at each end with a sort of nave. provided. But wh en I reminded them of the putrefying carcase which lay there.

whose visit would have been hailed with delight in so many homes. shouting loudly: `Father! Mother! Do come and look. and we found that a long sandbank. and I with my dear family. del icious cocoanuts and goat's milk put everyone in good humour again. we put about at once. who had never seen the face of man. On landing. The orig inal animals had forgotten us. He re. but the promontory maintained the character of its name. wh ich. advanced unnoticed to this lonely cottage. by the use of the lasso. and my wife caught as man y as she wished for. they soon obtained a supply of excellent milk which was poured from th e cocoanut shells they used into calabash flasks. leaving their mother and me to finish the work. the recollection of many a ride and walk at home. and the fresh. as well as young plants. with dismal face. and one af ter another went off in search of shells and coral. directed our course towards Whale Island.. We were by this time very ready for dinner.' begged for some pickled herrin g to take away the taste of train-oil. But woeful was the disappointment when the tongue was tasted! One after another . we enjoyed at our ease the panorama of all the coast scenery. and I experienced a sudden rush of emotion as the sound recalled in a degree painfu lly vivid. and the cold provisions we had with us were set forth. ran out a great way into the sea. by the boys' desire. and chickens. until. Before coming in sight of the cottage at the farm. then giving them salt to lick. I began at once to plant the sugar-cane shoots we had brought. lambs. the chief dish consisting of the piece of whale's tongue. Fritz espying breakers ahead. bound their legs. The boys found it impossible to milk the goats. There is an enormous skeleton lying here. my rowing-machine performed its work easily. The boys assisted me for a while. I felt a strong wish to round Cape Disappoint ment and survey the coast immediately beyond. pronounced it 'horrid stuff. we heard the cocks crow. Before returning to Whale Island. Fortunately there was a sufficient supply of other eatables. and then returned to the shore and again embarked. kids. but for the unconscious animals. and to their progeny. Presently Jack came back. Landing near Prospect Hill. and leaving Safety Bay and Shark Island behind us. and walked through the woods to our little farm. we seemed an army of fierce foes. The fowls were enticed by handfuls of grain and rice. So long had been our absence that our arrival created a perfect panic. as well as hidden reef s and rocks. th . they captured them one after the other. obtaining some fresh cocoanuts. utter solitude and silence prevailed. so that we could take with us what was not required at dinner. and willingly bestowed on Fangs the cheri shed dainty. While the mother packed everything up. when we would be gr eeted by just such familiar sounds as we approached some kind friend's house. on th e way. but wearied somewhat of the occupation. Fritz and I got some sugar-cane shoots w hich I wished to plant. had been cooked with a special view to this entertainm ent. we moored the boat. and aided by a light breeze .

simply in being of a holl ow construction. or a reading-des k for the museum. and in all this we see c onspicuously the wisdom and goodness of the great Creator. and was wi thin a few paces of it. the bats. father. of cours e. although Ernest was valiantly holding on by one of its h ind legs. This mammoth is ever so much bigger. all hoofed animals. so I ran to look closer. secreting the liq uid known as milk. Come and see !' As I was about to follow the boy. But now it is time to return home. than Jack's. but real go od. the wha le? What else could it be?' `Oh no. whales and the ir allies.' This appeal being more pressing.' `Whales are generally considered as fishes by those little acquainted with the animal kingdom. and the broken ja ws where we had hacked out the whalebone. when I saw no fish bones. It is waddling bac k to the sea as hard as it can go. `What can have made you take up that fancy about a mammoth. make a few chairs. as well as more important. I suppose Ernest was joking. Bring the boat round to whe re the turtle awaits his fate. proved to be neither more nor less than that of the whale. and went to inspect Jack's mammoth skeleton. `The bones of the whale differ from those of animals. fully eight feet long. I should think. for the same reason. I sprang down the bank. `have you forgot our old acquaintance.' `What a marvellous structure it is. th e monkey tribes. and perhaps by sawing them up afterwards. " a breast. the last on the list being the sloth. and is given to them because all the species belonging to this class are furnished with a set of organs called the mammary glands. father!' said Fritz. He said there seemed to be the skeleton of an antediluvian monster there. `The name by which they are distinguished is derived from the Latin word "mama. It was a huge specimen. beast bones. and being now quite helpless. huge. and we can't stop it. but they belong to the class of mammals. Sure enough a large turtle was scrambling quickly towards the water. I don't know what can have become of the whale--f loated out to sea most likely. honest.' `Why Jack!' returned I laughing. my boy?' `Ernest put it into my head. and filled with air so as to render the carcase more buoyant.e skeleton of some fearful great beast--a mammoth. with other animals. This thing has not fish bones. T he bones of birds are also hollow. `What a ponderous mass of bones! Can we not make use of any of them?' `Nothing strikes me at this moment. I convinced him of the fact by pointing out the marks of our feet on the ground. it is not the whale. we left it sprawling. by which the young are nourished. we must settle how to deal with him. the dogs and cats. I snat ched up an oar and hastened to their assistance. and I never thought of the whale.' . and making use of the oar as a lever. we will leave them to bleach here yet awhil e. a voice from another direction suddenly cried : `Father! Father! A great enormous turtle! Please make haste. father. which. which comprises man. we succeeded with some difficulty in turning the creature on its back.

to the very great satisfaction of their youthful riders and drivers. according as the turtle was disposed to turn too much one way or the o ther. and I used isinglass. Of this isinglass I also made thin plates. which has often to be done to prevent the overdrying of the web. stirrups. unaccustomed to t he yoke. which. plunged in. More than ever aware of the value of all of these. I had fortunately in my younger days s pent many hours in the workshops of weavers and other artisans. when cleaned and prepared. the other careful ly passed round the neck and fore-paws of the creature. The boys were delighted with the fun. after vainly attemptin g to dive. to form a trough for the water supp ly at the cave. to them succeeding. bridles. and ke pt him on the course for Safety Bay by striking the water with a boat-hook right or left. towing us comfortably after him. I fastened the empty water-cask to a lon g line. did good service in admitting light. when he instantly made for the water. they wer e at least as transparent as horn. Paste or size was required to smear over the threads. with Ernest's assistance. which kept the warp moist perfectl y well. so as to let him regain his feet. but we could not spare fl our for such a purpose. and our animals. one end of which was made fast to the bow of the boat. as usual. and spared us the necessity of setting up the loom in a damp uncomfortab le place. was. and accompanied by Amphitrite and attendant Tritons. shoals of other fish. but before under taking that. near Rockburg. and many seals. a nd captured large numbers. I was ready to cut the line on the least appearance of danger. and ere long the animals were equipped with saddles. I succeeded in making quite fit for use. and stored up for many a good and savoury meal. I therefore gave up the idea for the present. and prevented his sinking. which was quite eight feet long. we did not fail to make good use of our opportunities. and the worthy fellow. and the turtle was condemne d and executed soon afterwards. and applied myself. who was then lifted. but many unforeseen circumstances had intervened to hinder this. It had been my intention to bring a piece of land under cultivation before the next rainy season. but. as on for mer occasions.It was soon decided that he must swim. I next began harness-making. the spoils of the chase having furnished us with plenty of leather. Success encouraging me to persevere. and compared me to Neptune in his car. We landed safely at the usual place. The boys were getting anxious for another shooting expedition. to completing the loom. and we produced a good supply of all sorts and sizes. and three broad. and therefore I understood more than might have been expected of their various crafts. as sacks were beginning to fail us. although the workmanship was clumsy. with which I covered ligh t frames of wood. to be sown with different sorts of grain. One very l . perseveranc e was rewarded. and when fixed deep in the rock and beyond th e reach of rain. dr awn by dolphins. and the meat was carefully salted. and there was constant demand for baskets in which to carry and keep our roo ts and fruits. were not available for the plough. We were all on board in a moment. the cask floated after him. I wished to do some basket-making. yokes and collars. the shell. Our first attempts were clumsy enough. set himself diligently to swim right forwards. using the hairy moss or lichen for stuffing. to be used as window-panes. This occupation was followed by a great deal of work connected with the annual return of the herring shoals which now took place.

`Why not use them for it? Let's go and try them now!' Off ran the boys.arge basket I furnished with openings through which to pass a strong stick. `Oh. finally pulling up in front of us. the scene was so ridiculous. and made the circuit of the level ground near Rockburg. it is a delightful motion. Fritz and Jack sprang into their saddles. `Oh. then that sinks. they set forth at a mos t sober pace. she confessed that she did not much like the thought of s itting in the middle of a basket. engaged in wicker-work. appearing only a little su rprised at the new arrangement. father. be carried by two persons. when heavily laden. I was seated with my wife and Fritz beneath the shade of the verandah.' cried Ernest.' cried he. it is so pleasant. and just looking out now and then over the rim . like performers stopping to receiv e the applause of spectators. but Ernest was very angry with his brothers. and a quarrel was imminent. However. Good humour was soon restored. so t hat it might. mother. It is coming towards the bridge. and the coils move along again. either with safety to their mothe r. saying.' . Ernest himself helped to unharness the beasts. and carry her much mor e comfortably than jolting along in the cart?' The boys shouted with glee at the proposal. advanced a step or two. gazing fixedly along the avenue which led from Jackal River. a nd got some handfuls of salt and barley to reward their exertions. I assured her it should be a well-shaped comfortable sedan-chair. and chatting pleasantly. his reproaches provoked high words in reply. and showed them how easily a joke carr ied too far would lead to disputes and bad feeling. than they got a bamboo. when suddenly Fritz got up. Ernest called and screamed in vain for a halt. that they must have some more palanquin-practise another day. or with any pleasure to themselves. as th ey passed us. urging them to avoid on all occasions any breach of the good fellowship and brotherly love which was the mai nstay of our strength and happiness. carried him about in triumph. but I interfered. father! What in the world can it b e? First it seems to be drawn in coils on the ground like a cable. and though their mother thought the plan feasible enough. No sooner did the children see the force of this idea. and the next question was how it should be carried. `The bull and the buffalo!' cried Jack. since the boys could not play the part of Indian palanquin-bearers. the animals. It was impossible to help laughing. His brothers thought it capital fun to `shake up' the `professor'. and popping little Franz into the basket. Fritz! Go quicker !' And the trot pleasing him equally well. `don' t you think we might make something like this for mother. as Franz called it. and Ernest very gingerl y deposited himself in the `cradle'. then uprises as it were a little mast. the pace gradually quickened. then h e exclaimed: `I see something so strange in the distance. This amusement suggested a fresh notion to Fritz. till th e animals were going along at a rate which shook and jolted the basket about mos t fearfully. `It swings and rocks really soothingly. Quicker. who were perfectly docile. and in a short time the basket was securely hung between Stor m and Grumble. or l itter.

I recollected. Thank God we are at Rockburg. A wonderful weight seemed lifted from our hearts. too. Fritz and I also fired with steadier aim. which was of gigantic size. reached within b y steps. Fritz remained by me while I examined the object through my spy-glass. and we shall be placed in the greatest possible danger. how easil y it would pass through the walls. and assist in prepa ring the firearms. an enormous serpent!' cried I. and calling the other boys. `It is far too formidable. and entirely disappeared. for the monster passing on with a gliding motion. with a slow. The reptile advanced with writhing and undula tory movements. which speedily became visible to us. as I feared. with the Latin addition.' Fritz left me unwillingly. and slowly turning it about. while all eagerly discussed t he vast length and awful though magnificent appearance of the serpent. one after anothe r the boys fired. which my presence served in a mea sure to allay. suspicious motion. as though on the look-out for prey. ourselves unseen. The shots took not t he slightest effect beyond startling the monster. I will join you directly. as though unable to resist doing so. father?' exclaimed the brave boy. for us rashly to attempt its destruction. whose movements were accelerat ed. but with the same want of success. As it crossed the bridge.' `May we not attack it. `Only with the greatest caution. upwards of thirty fee t in length.My wife took alarm at this description. retreated i nto the cave. I had rec ognized it as the boa constrictor. from time to time rearing its head to the height of fifteen or t wenty feet. and keep watch wit h firearms at the upper windows. it turned in different directions. as though puzzled by the trace of h uman habitation.' gives the name by which it is commonly known. I explained to the children that its name in South America is Boaguacu. which indicates that it kills its prey by pressure. These were openings we had made in the rock at some elevation. but I must further observe the mons ter's movements. where we can keep in safe retreat. It was a vast specimen. while we watch for an opportunit y to destroy this frightful enemy. `It advances directly this way. or 'constriction. the fir st syllable of that name. and to o tenacious of life. but keeping about the middle of the space in front o f the cave. and.' returned I. while I continued to watch the serpent. I withdrew. where I desired them to close up the entrances. `It is. entered the reedy marsh to th e left. after strongly barricading everythin g below. We placed ourselves at the upper openings. which was preparing to garrison our fortress in war like array. Its movements appeared to become uncertain. when suddenly. but with considerable trepidation. and a kind of gallery which passed along the front of the rooms. Go up to your mother now. and f requently rearing its head. and already much too near the bridge to admit of the possibility of removing that means of access to our dwelling. coiling and uncoiling. awaited with beating hearts the further advance of the foe. for it will cross t he bridge to a certainty. The near neighbourhood of this terrific reptile occasioned me the utmost anxiet . and even their mother discharged her gun. and hasti ly rejoined my little party.

suddenly broke away from the halter. yet it was dreadful to live in a state of blockade. and the hay failing us on the evening of the third day. when old Grizzle. compressed him. across the river at the ford. Out of this painful state we were at last delivered by none other than our good old simple-hearted donkey. not daring to stir a bove a few hundred steps from the door. and with much clapping of wings and disturbed cackli ng. Becoming aware on a sudden of his danger. In another moment the ass was close to the thicket. and took up their quarters on Shark's Island. h ad not the restless behaviour of our geese and ducks given proof that he still l urked in the thicket of reeds which they were accustomed to make their nightly r esting place. My quandary increased. careered at full gallop straight for t he marsh. He was to ride Lightfoot. had not I held him back. although during all that time the enemy showed no sign of his presence. Swift and straight as a fencer's thrust.y. entangled. wi thout my express permission. we beheld the snake rear itself from its lair. all the while cunningly avoiding the convulsive kicks of the agonized animal. c ut some awkward capers. and I desired that no one should leave the house on any pretence whatever. I could not venture to attack with in sufficient force a monstrous and formidable serpent concealed in dense thickets amidst dangerous swamps. as time passed on. I determined to set them at liberty by sending them. In fact. but by sheer stupidity. enduring constant anxiety and pert urbation. In vain we called him by name. not. During three whole days we were kept in suspense and fear. then bolting out. and set up the most piteous and discordant bray that ever wrung echo from rocks. wound roun d him. shoot him--do save poor Grizzle!' `My children. enfolded. cut off from all the important duties in which we were engaged. or fodder for the animals. and they were to be fastened together until safely ov er. the fiery eyes glanced around. however. A cry of horror arose from the spectators of this miserable tragedy. who was fresh and frolicsome after the long rest and regular feeding. Next morning we began to prepare for this by tying them in a line. `Shoot him . and with a cold shudder of horror. spread out all four legs. we might have been induced to think the boa had passed across the swam p. father! Oh. showed their uneasiness. and found his way by some cleft or chasm through the wall of cliffs beyond. and shut up with ou r animals in the unnatural light of the cave. Our situation was rendered the more critical from having no great stock of prov isions. under the guidan ce of Fritz. taking wing. it is impossible!' cried I. he stopped short. finally. and while so engaged my wife opened the door. they crossed the harbour. the destroyer was upon him. They swam anxiously about. the dark deadly jaws opened widely. by the exercise of a praiseworthy qual ity. `Our old friend is lost to us for eve . the forked tongue dart ed greedily forth--poor Grizzle's fate was sealed. Fritz would even have rushed after him.

`how can the snake separate the flesh from the bones without teeth? And is this kind of snake poisonous?' `No. And it has no n eed to tear the flesh from the bones. . To the rest of us there seemed a fearful fa scination in the dreadful sight. hair and all.' `But. he is kneading him into a shapeless mass: He will soon begin to gorge his prey. after a little hesitation. however. It was evident to us. hoofs and al l. it is not reall y more shocking than the rending. ce rtainly nothing was applied beforehand. while Ernest. although it struck me that its very slender forked tongue was ab out the worst possible implement for such a purpose. and must swallow it whole. closer and more tightly he curls his crushing folds. the serpent lay stiff. found the scene all too horrible. The act of lubricating the mass must have taken place during the process of swallowing. distorted. and we could not move from the spot. I left our r etreat with a feeling of joyous emotion quite new to me. coiled and lashed from side to side. and apparently insensible along the edge of th e marsh. which made its rolling and fiery e yes.r! I have hopes. Fritz followed me closely.' `It seems utterly impossible that the broad ribs. writhed. therefore they cannot chew their food . and slowly but surely i t will disappear down that distended maw!' My wife. This wonderful performance lasted from s even in the morning until noon.' I replied. `Only see. When the awkward morsel was entirely swallowed. We fired together. `how the monster deals with his victim. we may be able to atta ck the snake with some chance of success. Jack. and the boa constrictor lay dead. and digests everything in its stomach. somewhat timidly. and both balls entered the skull: the light of the eye was e xtinguished. to aid in the operation. the outstretched form of the serpent. I expected that the boa. came several paces behind. and approached with rap id steps and levelled gun. however. trembling and distressed. Advancing closer. and the slow spasmodic undulations of its tail more fearful by contrast. and the only movement was in the further extremity of the body. tearing and shedding of blood which occurs whe n lions and tigers seize their prey. should go down that throat.' `But the horrible wretch is never going to swallow him all at once. `only fearfully strong and ferocious. skin. that when gorged with his prey. father?' cr ied Jack. the strong legs. The monster's body was stiff and motionless. before swallowing his prey.' said Franz. that this popular idea was erroneous. the bones give way.' exclaimed Fritz. we fired our pistols directly into its head. It swallows them. but only fangs.' said I. whi ch rolled. and hastened into the cave. I felt that now or never was the moment for attack! Calling on my sons to maintain their courage and presence of mind. a convulsive qui ver ran through the mighty frame. dear child. would cover it with saliva. But although the idea is startling. remained where he was. with little Franz. `That will be too shocking!' `Snakes have no grinders.

`The vessel had a cargo of live pigs. and for that reason uninhabited. the rattlesnake. drawing near. `It is perfectly true that it lives on snakes.' said Fritz. and declared he had given it its quietus. but the pigs had to be left for some time. Jack. lizards.' said m y wife. containing the deadly fangs. my dear wife. I cannot give up my pigs. for. `Why. so ravenous is its appetite. serpents are poisonous--it would be very dangerous. till the owner could return to fet ch them. `I hope the terrific noise you made just now was the signal of victory. in North America. was wrecked on a small island abounding in rattlesnak es. The crew escaped to the mainland in a boa t. what is a secretary bird?' interrupted Franz. `It is remarkable that pigs do not fear poisonous snakes. Ernest. ran close to the creature. they might have cleared the island of rattlesnakes.As we raised a cry of victory. with the utmost circumspection. and the bird Ernest spoke of has curious long feathers proj ecting from either side of its head. Being in no way hurt. no doubt. in the first place. wou . that. the flesh even of poisonous snakes can be eaten without dan ger. but. `First of all. Franz. A vessel on Lake S uperior. and frogs. the boa is not poisonous.' `See this dreadful creature dead at our feet. hence its name. when he was sent sprawling over and over by a movement of its tail. from which can be made a strong and nour ishing soup. the cook must be t old to throw away the head.' `What's to be done with him now?' asked Jack. `Let us get him stuffed. `I thought a secretary meant a man who wrote letters?' `So it does. child. and then. I assure you. neither d oes it ever fly in a flock. `Suppose. `Of course not!' said his mother. that a great flight of secretary birds had ar rived. still. the secretary bird is an inhabitant of Southern Africa.' `Did anybody ever think of eating serpents?' inquired Franz. and let us thank God that we have been able to destroy such an enemy. even one or two. toads. tasting very like good chicken broth--of course. An instance of this occurs to my memory. the animals were not only alive. for instance.' `But might not some other cause have been assigned for their disappearance?' as ked Ernest. for example. `To his surprise.' `Excuse me. and holding Franz tightly by the hand. something like pens stuck behind a man's ea r. but can kill and eat them without injury. The pigs had clea rly eaten the serpents. `and set him up in the museum amongst our shells and corals. and is never seen in North America. had they by some miracle found themselves on Lake Superior. desirous of a share in the glory of conque st. `I was half-afraid to come. besides that. while not a single rattlesnake remained on the island. he speedily recovered his feet.' `Oh. as. but with the small hope of finding many left alive. firing his pistol into its side. but remarkably fat and flour ishing. excited to a last galvanic e ffort by the shot.' said I.

near the serpent. cause them to move in time to musical sounds from a sma ll pipe. leaves of certain plants. tremb le at this noise. My boys questioned me closely on the subject of serpents in general. giving to the venomous serpents that peculiar width of head which is so unfailing a characteristic. ammonia. loose. not easily described. desirous to d rive off any birds of prey who might be attracted to the carcase. even horses newly brought from Europe. and reservoir are found a t the back and sides of the head.' said I. which we wishe d to preserve entire. and differ with the species inflict ing the bite. and how the poison-secreting glands.' replied I. how they folded back on the sides of the upper jaw. quickly spreads over the entire system.' The children were much interested in my account of the snake-charmers of India. `and when the creature bites. application of fresh mold. we continued talking as we rested in the shade of some rocks. when alarmed or irritated it gives a quivering movement to the tail which ca uses the joints of the rattle to shake against each other with a peculiar sound. how they fearlessly handle the most deadly of the serpent tribe. the man seized the reptile by the throat. all these and more are mentioned. and the fangs being caught in it. . which enters the wound and. an d for the purpose of removing the fangs. and we were. which soon di es from the effects. and the tip of its tail elevat ed. `Remedies are very various.ld have been able to give a very good account of the deadly reptiles. twine the reptile about their arms and bare necks. `The rattlesnake lies coiled with its head flat. `No instrument is required. It is found in many parts of the wo rld but most plentifully in the hotter regions . The open air wa s welcome to us after our long imprisonment. and I desc ribed to them the action of the poison fangs. a clear oily substance . A very good idea of the structure of the r attle may be formed by slipping a number of thimbles loosely into each other. and then. if taken in time. horny structures formed of the same substance as the scales. lunar caustic.' `What does the rattle of the rattlesnake look like? And how does it sound?' `At the tip of the tail are a number of curious. the Cobra di C apello-or hooded cobra-. all animals. cur es are effected.' My wife having gone to prepare dinner. through the veins. very uncertain. to prove t hat the poison fangs have not been removed. called Aristolodochia indica. the leaves of which have in repeat ed instances done wonders for fearful bites. `I have read the account written by a g entleman in India. There is a creeping plant. `The fangs are hollow. the pressure forc es down a tiny drop of the liquid venom. the use of the knife. extracted them.' `What is the best thing to be done for the bite of a serpent?' inquired Fritz. oil. `Suction. Sometimes.' `How is it possible to extract the fangs. and at lea st shared in the glory of their extermination. who saw a snake-charmer catch a large cobra in the jungle. for a considerable time. but in most cases the bite of a serpent is followed by speedy d eath. and then squeezed out the poison. make them bite a fowl. upon a leaf. besides. held up a cloth at which the irritated snake flew. and try to escape. father?' asked Ernest.

no. where they adhere strongly for a time. We then had dinner. though yet we mourn our honest ass. Ernest. so as to look as alarming as possible. `But perhaps you will all laugh at me?' `No. when the danger is considered to be over. don't be shy. and planting his elbows on his knees. and remained wrapt in poetic meditation for about two minutes. the lines were forthwith inscri bed on a great flat stone. where the process of skinning. in fact. and. They seem to absorb the blood as it flows from the wound. and afterwards went to work with the serpent. and their children four. size. `And thereby came his melancholy fall. or description.' `Hurrah for the epitaph! Well done. and taking out a large red pencil I used for marking wood. when we proceed. h e bent his thoughtful brow in his hands. Ceylon. at t he last fall off. can you not give us an epitaph for our unfortunate friend th e donkey? We must afford him more honourable sepulture than he enjoys at present . as I told the boy.`A fat her. and I can only say I sincerely trust we may never have cause to resume it from the appearance of ano ther serpent here of any sort. `I have it!' cried he. `At length. These are descri bed as flattish. with the blush of a modest author. and parts of Africa. The first ope ration was to recover the mangled remains of the ass. he w as buried in the soft marshy ground close by. Ernest!' resounded on all sides. the very best poetry that h ad ever been written on our coast. and dragged it to a convenient distance from Rockburg. mother. stuffing. being. Over the entrance leading to the museum and library were inscribed these words: NO ADMITTANCE FOR ASSES . bearing a very high polish. and must have wondered at ou r taste in keeping such a pet. crushed. rather light.' Ernest took the matter quite seriously. `But now we must leave this fertile subject of discussion. our dogs never passed the monster without growling. springing from the grass. `But come. and loved by all. to disembowel his murderer. Then we yoked Storm and Grumble to the serpent. `Are grateful . `A monstrous serpent. and the hole filled up with fragme nts of rock. `But we. as we speedily must. the sufferer applies one of these stones to each p uncture. `A faithful ass he was. something like half an almond with squared ends. five or six minutes being about the average. began: `Beneath this stone poor Grizzle's bones are laid. his master's voice he disobeyed. We took great pains to coil it round a pole in the museum. Ernest. and of an intense jetty black. and swallowed him before our eyes. and contriving to make eyes and tongue which were quite sufficient to represent nature. i s by the application of a remarkable object called snake-stone. `Seized. `On being bitten by a cobra.`A mode of cure adopted by the natives of India. old fellow. and sewing up a gain afforded occupation of the deepest interest to the boys for several days. arranging the head w ith the jaws wide open. for he thereby saved the lives `Of all the human beings on this shore-. spit it out!' and thus encouraged by his bro ther. which being effected.

presently shout ing to me that the opening widened very much. but there re mained much anxiety in my mind lest another serpent might. or it will look as dull as the first. `the water which flows over them leave s no track. and perceived a clear sparkling brook flowing from an opening . but I did not yield to their reluctance. and tastes quite sweet. You . here is a fine bit. this is a pleasant discovery!' said I. near the precipi tous wall of rock. from the country beyond Falc onhurst. or might appear. it is a bout as valuable as the lump of gold found by good old Robinson Crusoe. in our situation. the latter vowing he had the cold shivers each time he thought how his ribs might have been smashed by the last flap of the snake's tai l. Chapter 12 The greatest danger to which we had yet been exposed was now over. Emerging beyond the thicket we found ourselves on firm ground. The floor was strewn with fine sn ow-white earth. which seemed as though supporting the roof. which proved to be a cave or grotto of considerable size. with a smooth soapy feeling. the next right away to the Gap. and bog-plants were beaten down. `This is as good as soap for wash ing. otherwise. and lighting the bit of candle I always carried with me. while many formed stately pillar s. only rather dull. I am rather inclined to believe that we have penetrated into a cave of rock crystal!' `Oh. the first to make a thorough examination of th e thicket and morass. leaving the other boys in the outer cave. in order to trace it to its source. See.' `Anyhow. through which alone the ar chenemy could have entered our territory.The double meaning of this sentence pleased us all immensely. I will break off a piece for a specimen.' said I. as this had done. Nothing was discovered beyond tracks in the reeds and the creature's lair. unseen by us. we advanced. Fritz passed through. and not transparent: what a pity! I must knock off another. and will save me the trouble of turning soap-boiler. `Well.' Perceiving that the streamlet flowed from an opening of some width in the inner rock. and we finally set about crossing th e marsh by placing planks and wicker hurdles on the ground. and fired a pistol-shot--th e reverberating echoes of which testified to the great extent of the place. which I felt convinced was fuller's earth. have en tered the swamp. grass. I projected then two excursions. I did so. I found neither Ernest nor J ack very eager to do so. the light burn ing clear and steadily. wher e the rushes. On summoning my sons to accompany me to the marsh. and begging me to follow him.' `You must go more carefully to work. The vaulted roof was covered with stalactites. how splendid! Then we have discovered a great treasure!' `Certainly if we could make any use of it. and changing their p laces as we advanced. Suddenly Fritz exclaimed: `I verily believe this is a second cave of salt! See how the walls glance! And how the light is reflected from the roof!' `These cannot be salt crystals. though shedding a very feeble light in so vast a space.

destroyed its true form, which is that of a pyramid, with six sides or facets.' We remained some time in this interesting grotto, but our light burnt low after we had examined it in different directions; and Fritz having secured a large lu mp, which exhibited several crystals in perfection, we quitted the place, Fritz discharging a farewell shot for the sake of hearing the grand echoes. On reaching the open air we saw poor Jack sobbing bitterly, but as soon as we a ppeared he ran joyfully towards us, and threw himself into my arms. `My child, what is the matter?' I cried anxiously. `Oh, I thought you were lost! I heard a noise twice, as if the rocks had shatte red down; and I thought you and Fritz were crushed in the ruins! It was horrible ! How glad I am to see you!' I comforted the child, and explained the noises he had heard, inquiring why he was alone. `Ernest is over there among the reeds: I daresay he did not hear the shots.' I found Ernest busily engaged in weaving a basket in which to catch fish: he ha d devised it ingeniously, with a funnel-shaped entrance; through which the fish passing would not easily find their way out, but would remain swimming about in the wide part of the apparatus. `I shot a young serpent while you were away, father,' said he. `It lies there c overed with rushes; it is nearly four feet long, and as thick as my arm.' `A serpent!' cried I, hurrying towards it in alarm, and fearing there must be a brood of them in the swamp after all. `A fine large eel you mean, my boy. This will provide an excellent supper for us tonight. I am glad you had the courage t o kill it, instead of taking to your heels and fleeing from the supposed serpent .' `Well, I thought it would be so horrid to be pursued and caught that I preferre d facing it; my shot took effect, but it was very difficult to kill the creature outright, it moved about although its head was smashed.' `The tenacity of life possessed by eels is very remarkable,' I said. `I have he ard that the best mode of killing them is to grasp them by the neck and slap the ir tails smartly against a stone or post.' We made our way back more easily by keeping close to the cliffs, where the grou nd was firmer, and found my wife washing clothes at the fountain. She rejoiced g reatly at our safe return, and was much pleased with the supply of fuller's eart h, as she said there was now very little soap left. The eel was cooked for suppe r, and during the evening a full account was given of our passage through the sw amp, and discovery of the rock-crystal cavern. It was most important to ascertain whether any serpent lurked among the woods o f our little territory between the cliffs and the sea. Preparations were set on foot for the second and greater undertaking of a search throughout the country b eyond the river, as far as the Gap. I wished all the family to go on the expedit ion, a decision which gave universal satisfaction. Intending to be engaged in this search for several weeks, we took the small ten t and a store of all sorts of necessary provisions, as well as firearms, tools, cooking utensils and torches.

All these things were packed on the cart, which was drawn by Storm and Grumble. Jack and Franz mounted them, and acted at once the part of riders and drivers. My wife sat comfortably in the cart, Fritz rode in advance, while Ernest and I w alked; we were protected in flank by the dogs and Fangs, the tame jackal. Directing our course towards Woodlands, we saw many traces of the serpent's app roach to Rockburg. In some places, where the soil was loose, the trail, like a b road furrow, was very evident indeed. At Falconhurst we made a halt and were, as usual, welcomed by the poultry, as w ell as by the sheep and goats. We then passed on to Woodlands, where we arrived at nightfall. All was peaceful and in good order; no track of the boa in that direction; no signs of visits fr om mischievous apes; the little farm and its inhabitants looked most flourishing . Next day was passed in making a survey of the immediate neighbourhood, at the s ame time collecting a quantity of cotton, which was wanted for new pillows and c ushions. In the afternoon Franz was my companion, carrying a small gun, entruste d to him for the first time. We took Fangs and Bruno with us, and went slowly along the left bank of the lak e, winding our way among reedy thickets, which frequently turned us aside a cons iderable distance from the water. The dogs hunted about in all directions, and r aised duck, snipe and heron. These usually flew directly across the lake, so tha t Franz got no chance of a shot. He began to get rather impatient, and proposed firing at the black swans we saw sailing gracefully on the glassy surface of the lake. Just then a harsh booming sound struck our ears. I paused in wonder as to whenc e the noise proceeded, while Franz exclaimed, `Oh, father! Can that be Swift, our young onager?' `It cannot possibly be Swift,' said I; adding, after listening attentively a mi nute or two, `I am inclined to think it must be the cry of a bittern, a fine han dsome bird of the nature of a heron.' `Oh! may I shoot it, father? But I wonder how a bird can make that roaring nois e! One would think it was an ox, it is more like lowing than braying.' `The noise creatures make depends more on the construction of the windpipe, its relation to the lungs and the strength of the muscles which force out the breat h, than on their size. As for example, how loud is the song of the nightingale a nd the little canary bird. Some people say that the bittern booms with his long bill partly thrust into the boggy ground, which increases the hollow muffled sou nd of its very peculiar cry.' Franz was very anxious that the first trophy of his gun should be so rare a bir d as the bittern; the dogs were sent into the wood, and we waited some distance apart, in readiness to fire. All at once there was a great rustling in the thicket. Franz fired, and I heard his happy voice calling out: `I've hit him! I've hit him!' `What have you hit?' shouted I in return. `A wild pig,' said he, `but bigger than Fritz's.'

`Aha! I see you remember the agouti! Perhaps it is not a hog at all, but one of our little pigs from the farm. What will the old sow say to you, Franz?' I soon joined my boy, and found him in transports of joy over an animal certain ly very much like a pig, although its snout was broad and blunt. It was covered with bristles, had no tail, and in colour was a yellowish grey. Examining it carefully and noticing its webbed feet, and its curious teeth, I d ecided that it must be a capybara, a water-loving animal of South America, and F ranz was overjoyed to find that he had shot 'a new creature', as he said. It was difficult to carry it home, but he very sensibly proposed that we should open and clean the carcase, which would make it lighter. Then, putting it in a game-bag, he carried it till quite tired out; he asked if I thought Bruno would let him strap it on his back. We found the dog willing to bear the burden, and r eached Woodlands soon afterwards. There we were surprised to see Ernest surrounded by a number of large rats whic h lay dead on the ground. `Where can all these have come from?' exclaimed I. `Have you and your mother be en rat-hunting instead of gathering rice as you intended?' `We came upon these creatures quite unexpectedly,' he replied. `While in the ri ce swamp, Knips, who was with us, sprang away to a kind of long-shaped mound amo ng the reeds, and pounced upon something, which tried to escape into a hole. `He chattered and gnashed his teeth, and the creature hissed and squeaked, and running up, I found he had got a big rat by the tail; he would not let go, and t he rat could not turn in the narrow entrance to bite him, but I soon pulled it o ut and killed it with my stick. `The mound was a curious-looking erection, so I broke it open with some difficu lty, and in doing this dislodged quite a dozen of the creatures. Some I killed, but many plunged into the water and escaped. `On examining their dwelling I found it a vaulted tunnel made of clay and mud, and thickly lined with sedges, rushes, and water-lily leaves. `There were other mounds or lodges close by, and seeking an entrance to one I s tretched my game-bag across it, and then hammered on the roof till a whole lot o f rats sprang out, several right into the bag. I hit away right and left, but be gan to repent of my audacity when I found the whole community swarming about in the wildest excitement, some escaping, but many stopping in bewilderment, while others actually attacked me. `It was anything but pleasant, I assure you, and I began to think of Bishop Hat to in the Mouse Tower on the Rhine. Knips liked it as little as I did, and skipp ed about desperately to get out of their way, though he now and then seized a ra t by the neck in his teeth. `Just as I began to shout for help, Juno came dashing through the reeds and wat er, and made quick work with the enemy, all flying from her attack. `My mother had great difficulty in forcing her way through the marsh to the sce ne of action, but reached me at last; and we collected all the slain to show you , and for the sake of their skins.' This account excited my curiosity, and I went to examine the place Ernest descr ibed: where I found, to my surprise, an arrangement much like a beaver dam, thou

gh on a small scale, and less complete. `You have discovered a colony of beaver rats,' said I to Ernest, `so called fro m their resemblance in skill and manner of life to that wonderful creature. `Muskrat, musquash, and ondatra are other names given to them. They have, you s ee, webbed feet and flattened tails, and we shall find that they carry two small glands containing the scented substance called musk. The sooner we strip off th e skins the better; they will be useful for making caps.' We went back to the house, and met Fritz and Jack just returned from their excu rsion, reporting that no trace of serpents, great or small, had been met with. Jack carried in his hat about a dozen eggs; and Fritz had shot a couple of heat h fowls, a cock and hen. We sat down to supper, Franz eager to partake of his capybara. Even he himself made a face at the peculiar flavour of the meat. `It is the musk which you taste,' said I; and I described to them the various a nimals in which this strange liquid is found; the musk deer, musk ox, crocodile, muskrat of India (also called soudeli, which taints a corked bottle of wine, if it only runs across it) concluding with an account of the civet, also called ci vet-cat. `The civet,' said I, `is a handsome black and white animal, and the perfume obt ained from it was formerly considered a valuable medicine; in the present day it is used chiefly as a scent. This odoriferous substance is secreted, i.e., forme d, in a double glandular pouch near the tail, and the Dutch keep the creature in captivity, so that it shall afford them a continual supply. `The method of removing the civet perfume is ingenious. The animal is very quic k and elastic in its movements, and having sharp teeth it is not pleasant to han dle. So it is put into a long, narrow cage in which it cannot turn around, a hor n spoon is then introduced, and the perfume, a thick, oily stuff something like butter, is coolly scraped from the pouch, the plundered civet being then release d from strait durance, until the supply is re-formed.' Presently Jack ran for his game-bag, producing some fruit which he had forgotte n. Several pale green apples, quite new to us, excited general attention. `Why, what are those? Are they good?' I asked. `I hope so,' said Jack, `but Fritz and I were afraid of eating some awful poiso n or other, like the manchineel, so we brought them for the inspection of the le arned Master Knips.' I took one and cut it in two, remarking that it contained a circle of seeds or pips, instead of the stone of the manchineel. At that moment Knips slyly came behind me, and snatching up one half, began to munch it with the liveliest satisfaction, an example which the boys were so eage r to follow that a general scramble ensued, and I had some trouble in securing a couple of the apples for myself and their mother. I imagined this to be the cinnamon apple of the Antilles. Everyone seeming wearied by the fatigues of the day, our mattresses and pillows were arranged, and the inmates of Woodlands betook themselves to repose.

and maintaining the s ame steady pace. I hurried to the open ground. I was glad to hear this. and that he. It was long s ince we had enjoyed the fresh juice of these canes. and with guns i n readiness we awaited what was coming. when the smoking-shed was ready. we spre ad a sailcloth over the top of it. and we were refreshing ourse lves therewith. that the booty might be conveyed to our encampment. onions and herbs. instead of pitching the tent. and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper.With early light we commenced the next day's journey. with the help of my boys. otherwise the meat will become tai nted. directing our course to a point between the sugar-brake and the Gap. and told us that the procession of pec caries had passed near the hut. desiring him to fetch the cart. thus reducing their weight. although Fritz and Jack also fired and killed several. where we had once made a sort of arb our of the branches of trees. employing the time of his ab sence in opening and cleaning the animals. bestowed considerable portions of the carcase on the dogs. While the younger boys made ready the oven. the boys were anxious to cook th e smallest porker in the Otaheitean fashion. singeing and scalding off the bristl es. Presently. . when a loud barking of dogs and loud rustling and rattling throu gh the thicket of canes disturbed our pleasant occupation. and with songs of triumph which made the woods ring they conveyed the valuab le supply of game to the hut. Our object being to search the neighbourhood for traces of the boa constrictor. scarcel y turning aside to pass the dead bodies of their comrades. sticks and weeds. the boys adorned it with flowers and green boug hs. and made off in single file at a brisk trot. Fritz singed and washed his peccary . and diligently cleansed and salted the meat. and. and recollected that an odoriferous g land in the back must be removed immediately. On t he second day. and showed short sharp tusks. For this purpose they dug a hole. I accordingly performed at once. or any of his kindred. as we could see nothing a yard off where we stood. divided the flitches. with Juno's help. Ernest came back with Jack and the cart. the others continued to follow the leader in line. had secured three of them. and made it ver y comfortable quarters for the short time I proposed to stay there. I felt certain that these were peccaries. I sent Jack to their assistance. heating stones. and quite unfit to eat. hearing shots in the direction of the hut where we had left Ernest a nd his mother. Jack. This operation. I cut out the hams. i n which they burnt a quantity of dry grass. and we made haste to load the cart. In a few minutes a herd of creatures like little pigs issued from the thicket. wh ich were placed round the sides of the pit. while the boys prepared a shed. and we satisfied ourselves that our enemy had not been there. Fritz. they were of a uniform grey colour. My trusty double-barrel speedily laid low two of the fugitives which I felt cer tain to be peccaries. stuffing it with potatoes. as this remained in pretty good condition. After dinner we set to work upon our pigs. and Franz went with me to the sugar-cane br ake. This unexpected business of course detained us in the place for some time. as I had determined to cure a good supply of hams. where it was to be hung to be cured in the smoke of fires of green wood. where their mother anxiously waited for us.

finding no t race of the serpent. which was roomy enough to hang all ou r hams and bacon. but making many valuable acquisitions. we roamed about the neighbourhood in all directions. it lo oked a remarkably well-cooked dish. or 'good leaf. and were grievously provoked to find that the vagabond apes had been there. I thought. and from it an oi l or essence is distilled. The fire no longer blazed. During the process of curing our large supply of hams and bacon. clove. certainly. but with a flavor of spices which surprised me. and made ready s ome plain food as a pis aller*. poor substitute. and wrought terrible mis chief. and penetrated the meat thorou ghly: this process it had to undergo for several days. and when a few cinders were picked off. and stones. The animals and poultry were scattered. we had during our stay opened a path through the cane thicket in the direction we were about to travel. among which were som e gigantic bamboos from fifty to sixty feet in length. One day we made an excursion to the farm at Prospect Hill. the thorough defence of which defile was the main object we had in view. even by his mother. were as st rong and useful as iron nails. and the load . which was kept constantly smouldering by heaping it with damp grass and green wood. the pig was carefully placed in the hole. On a wide hearth in the middle we kindled a large fire. When all was in readiness for the prosecution of our journey. turf. It was the smell of roast pork. those of a tree which I knew to be found in Madagascar. Th e hut being closed in above. and arra nging our march in the usual patriarchal style. Great exci tement prevailed as he removed the earth. this we now found of the greatest assistance. we took our way to the Gap.He then sewed up the opening. while the long sharp thorns. which begirt the stem at intervals. and p ots. * Last resort. which occupied several days. but the embers and stones were glowing hot. as well as appetite. and enveloped the pig in large leaves to guard it from the ashes and dust of its cooking-place. Fritz was highly complimented on his success . backup. for the present. as before at Woodlands. so that it looked like a big mole heap. and the whole wit h earth. which is highly valued in native cookery. we left the store of bacon. Dinner was looked forward to with curiosity.' It is said to comb ine the scent of the nutmeg. in which. and cinnamon. She was well pleased with the curing-hut. bamboos and brushwood. The peccary was carefully raised. we closed and bar ricaded the hut. formed capital casks. covered over with hot ashes. We there fore very unwillingly left the disorder as we found it. distrusting our experiments. and a delicious appe tizing odour arose from the opening. purposing to devote time to the work afterwards. was not sanguine of success. my wife. Our last halting-place being much enclosed by shrubs. when cut across near the joints. The scented leaves were. called by the natives ravensara. and of proportionate thic kness. In a few hours Fritz gave notice that he was going to open his oven. until I thought of the leaves in which the food had been wrapped up. These. possessing the scent of the leaves in a more delicate degree. tubs. the smoke filled it. that it was vain to think of setting things right that day. The fruit is a species of nut. and everything in the cottage so torn a nd dirtied. as u sual.

possessin g no source of moisture in itself. torrents. but they fled at our approach. All was ready for a start at an early hour. The boys were astonished at the altered appearance of the country. and within gunshot of the mouth of the rocky pass. filling our flasks with water . and passing onward to mingle its waters with the sea. for in continuing our journey. We expected to find it somewhat difficult to make our way through the narrowest part of the pass. while a great plain stretched before us. and some hours of unusually sultry and oppressive heat compelled us to rest until towards evening. We crossed the stream. By the time dinner was ready we felt much fatigued. had become scathed and bare during the blazin g heat of summer. Nothing worse than wild cats was discovered. and it was well we did so. had set themselves to destroy it. rose th e precipitous and frowning cliffs of the mountain gorge. and made our usual arrangements for safety and comfort. We therefo re unpacked the cart. so as to ascertain whether it harboured any dangerous animals. We disturbe d several of these creatures in their pursuit of birds and small game. while to the left flowe d the torrent. went with me. leaving between it and the rocks the narrow pass we called the Ga p. and then occupied our selves with preparations for the next day. extending from the banks of the river towards a chain of lofty mountains. to the right. while the three elder boys. which had been so strongly barricaded and planted with thorny shrubs. which we named East River. and all the dogs . . whose summits were rendered indistinct in the haze of the distance. Swelling hills and verdant wooded vales were seen on one hand. when ret urning coolness revived our strength. floods. we found the soil be come more arid and parched than we had expected. had made an entrance here. no t forgetting to examine the wood itself. This barricade was the first check that had been placed by hand of man upon the wild free will of nature in this lonely place. I reminded them of the diffe rence of the season.ed cart passed on without impediment. so that in a few hours we arriv ed at the extreme limit of our coast territory. and the wild beasts of the forest. my brave wife consented to remain i n camp with Franz as her companion. when vegetation had clothed with transient beauty this region. but found on the contrary that the fences and walls were broken down an d disarranged. and make a longer excursion across the savannah. With one consent storms. which. It was thus very evident that the great snake. We halted on the outskirts of a little wood behind which. as well as the her d of peccaries. part of whic h had been explored when we met with the buffaloes. when it was my intention to penetrate the country beyond the defile. I resolved to make it our camping-place. than had yet been undertaken. The wood afforded us pleasant shelter and standing high. We pitched the tent. We resolved to make the defences doubly strong. in fact we soon appeared surrou nded by a desert. a nd varied. except Juno. being convinced that the positi on was capable of being barricaded and fortified so as to resist the invaders we dreaded. that the expedition had been made directly after the rains. The prospect which opened before us on emerging from the rocky pass was wide. The ground was open and tolerably level beyond.

' The spy-glass passed from hand to hand. I could fancy them w ild cattle. expect to find water. in fact almost anything I like. loaded carts. but when it came to my turn to look. exclaimed: `Is it possible that I see a party of horsemen riding at full gallop towards us ! Can they be wild Arabs of the desert?' `Arabs. and the dreary.' We were all glad to repose beneath the shade of the first overhanging rock we c ame to. I at once pronounced them to be very large ostriches. we might ride upon him!' As the ostriches approached. . we marked the strange contrast of the smiling cou ntry bordering the river. finally. my boy! Certainly not. `Desert of Sahara.Our march proceeded slowly.' said he presently.' `Patience. fresh grass. when Knips (our constant companion) suddenly began to snuff an d smell about in a very ridiculous way. Fritz once more cast his eyes over the expan se of plain before us. trees and a lov ely resting-place. monotonous plain we had traversed. We shall have to be on our guard. the feathers alone are worth having. we produced our store of provisions. up a sort of glen behind us. Look bey ond the toilsome way to those grand mountains whose spurs are already stretching forward to meet us. I sent Fritz and Jack to recall the dogs. We left them to their own devices. `We must try to secure one of these ma gnificent birds. but take the spy-glass and make them out exactly . `and imaginatio n supplies the deficiency of sight in most strange fashion. Who knows what pleasant surprises await us amid their steep declivities? I. for my part. It was `Arabia Petrea. `Subterranean volcanic fires are ragi ng beneath our feet. whatever they are!' `I cannot see distinctly enough to be sure.' sighed another. with a shriek which we knew was expressive of pleasure. Jack and Ernest agreed in thinking the moving objects were men on horseback. wandering hay-cocks. we began to consider in what way we should attempt a capture. and after looking fixedly for a moment. my good fellows!' cried I. When hunger was somewhat appeased. and many were the uncomplimentary remarks made on t he `new country'.' muttered a third. and wer e busily engaged. being far too pleasantly engaged with our re freshments to care much what fancy the little rogue had got in his head. After gazing on the distant scene.' groaned one. and placed myself with Ern est behind some shrubs which would conceal us from the birds as they came onward s.' `A live ostrich. `You are too easily discouraged. Looking back towards the Gap. although by pressing further upwards. `Fit abode for demons. we might have attained to a pleasa nter spot. he set off at full speed. father! That would be splendid. followed by all the dogs. `This is fortunate indeed!' I exclaimed. Why.

always kicking forwards. the hunter sometimes envelops himself in the skin of an ost rich. But let us take up our positions. trotting. piercing the skull. using their powerfu l legs as weapons. their feet seemed not to touch the ground. `What a pity we could not capture this glorious bird ali . `Sometimes by chase on horseback. his legs doing duty for those of the bird. with outstretched necks. and can therefore maintain the pace for a longer time. the effect of their white plumes w as not so handsome. and keep perfectly still. waiting to make the attack until the bird i s fatigued. and they availed th emselves right gladly of his discovery. varying their pace as though in sport. but as they turned to f ly the eagle was unhooded. but their speed is so very great. I could now perceive that of the five birds one only was a male. and for that we must bide our time. and hastily bathin g before their return. and were fiercely te aring the flesh and bedabbling the splendid plumes with gore. his sudden departure was thus accounted for. The dogs became impatient. `When aware of an enemy they defend themselves desperately. and. but describes a much smaller circle. examining curiously the un wonted spectacle before them. and let th em come as near as possible. The enterprisin g hunter is thus enabled to get among a flock of ostriches. and even on men if attacked without due precaution. In an instant they turned and fled with the speed of the wind. galloping and chasing each other round and round. then. their wings aiding their ma rvellously rapid progress. for the ostriches are at hand!' We held the dogs concealed as much as possible. the stately birds suddenly perc eiving us. and his arm managing the head a nd neck so as to imitate the movements of the bird when feeding. `except by sending Fritz's eagle in pursuit. `I do not believe we shall have a chance with these birds.The boys did not rejoin us for some little time. This sight grieved us.' `In what way. hesitated and appeared uneasy. the hu nter gallops after them. `When these birds are pursued. they found Knips and the dogs at a pool of water formed by a small mountain stream. Before we could reach the spot the dogs had joined the bird of prey. the magnificent creature was laid low. the white plum es of the wings and tail contrasting finely with the deep glossy black of the ne ck and body. springing. and inflicting dreadful injuries on dogs. and to shoot them wi th arrows one after another. that even t hat must be conducted by stratagem. In a few moments they would have been beyond our reach. Singling out the male bird the falcon made his fatal swoop. t hey drew a few steps nearer. paused. The colour of the females being ashen brown. The ostriches continued to come in our direction. struggled from our grasp and furiously rushed toward s our astonished visitors.' said I. they will run for hours in a wide circle. filling their flasks. Yet as no movement was made. are ostriches caught by the natives of the African deserts? ' inquired Fritz. which the monkey's instinc t had detected. `Among the Bushmen. so that their approach was by no means rapid.

`A tortoise. father! Ostriches' eggs! A hug e nest-full--do come quickly!' We all hastened to the spot. in my hand. as large as an infant's head. and whi ch quench the thirst as well as satisfy the hunger of the ostriches and other in habitants of the wilds. do not constitute his entire diet . How came i t here. so much resembling t he roar of the lion as to be occasionally mistaken for it. even when tied into a handkerchief and carried like a basket. they will destro y numbers of snails. ha ve stood more than six feet high. To relieve t hem. They were satisfied when a kind of landmark had been set up. `but over these sandy wastes a beneficent Providence scatter s plants of wild melons. and to my surprise found a queer little living creature. however. These melons. `One reads of frog -showers in the time of the ancient Romans. We presently reached a marshy place surrounding a little pool evidently fed by the stream which Knips had discovered. shouting: `Eggs. Jack brought it for my inspection.' returned!' exclaimed Fritz. a ntelopes. marshy ground and fresh water. `What a long way from the sea. `It must. As each egg weighed about three pounds. he stepped merrily along without inconvenience. laid the bent stick over Jack's shoulder. we saw tracks of buffaloes. `This is nothing but a mud-tor toise. By this brook we sat down to rest and take some food. I wonder?' `Perhaps there has been a tortoise-shower. Taking it for a root of some sort. I wonder?' He ran a little way towards us. I dipped it in water to clear off the mud. when he can obtain them. no bigger than half an apple.' `Hollo. onagers or quaggas. which absorb and retain every drop of moisture. forgetting what the weight would be. The idea of carrying more than two away with us was preposterous. seriously contemplated clearing the n est. and like a Dutch dairy-maid w ith her milkpails. But what does Jack me an by waving his cap. Professor! You're out for once. dates and hard grain. as we took its beautiful feathers. although the boys.' . and Jack calling to his pet discovered him gnawing at something which he had dug from the marsh. I cut a strong elastic heath stick. Fangs presently disappear ed. and beckoning in that excited fashion? What has the boy fo und. for although they like a few lettuce leaves now and then. and in a slight holl ow of the ground. It was a small tortoise.' said I. the boys soon found the burden consider able. so that if we returned we might easily find the nest. They are useful in gar dens. grubs.' `Does the ostrich utter any cry?' `The voice of the ostrich is a deep hollow rumbling sound. The soft ground was trodden and marked by the footsteps of many different sorts of animals. I declare!' cried Fritz.' remarked Ernest. I am sure. he feeds freely on grasses. beheld more than twenty eggs. what can flocks of these birds find to live upon?' inquired Ernest. `That would indeed be hard to say. and worms. and two of us might have mounted him at once!' `In the vast sandy deserts where nothing grows. but no trace whatever of any kind of serpent: hith erto our journey in search of monster reptiles had been signalized by very satis factory failure. if the deserts were utterly barren and unfru itful. which lives in wet. and suspending an egg in its sling at e ach end.

verdant. fruitful.Resuming our journey. but though hit. which we agreed to call Glen Ver dant. both fell dead. To my no small consternation. father! He is coming after me!' The boy clung to me in mortal fear. `Thank Heaven!' cried I. surly growls. they were much disabled. With feelings somewhat akin. was effectually lamed. Jack was also ready to fire. We found it most difficult to take aim. `Courage. haste ned towards it. as with dull groans the brutes sank to the ground. Ernest met us. as though unwilling to tru st the appearance of death. We fired together. a bear. As we rushed forward. my brave Fritz and I advanced slowly to meet them. Such was the confusion and perpetual movement of the struggle. as we called the place where Fang s had been captured in cubhood. With levelled guns. `We must prepare for instant defence!' The dogs dashed forward to join the fray. they were quickly startled. However. we arrived at a charming valley. disengaging myself from his grasp. but the shock had so unnerved Ernest that he fairly took to his heels. on quittin g it for the more open ground. Seeing all safe. violent barking and deep. pressed more closely round their foes. but as ou r dogs continually ranged a long way ahead of us. an d vanished up one or other of the narrow gorges which opened out of the valley. one shot through the head. we suddenly advanced with loaded pistols to within a very few paces of the animals. I drew my hunting-knife . and not long were we in doubt. and made assurance doubly sure. looking white as ashes. who was in advance with one of the dogs. the monsters we re unfortunately only wounded. in the act of rearing to spring on Fritz. Watching our opportunity. with a bullet in its shoulder. seeing that even slightly wounding one of our gallant hounds would instantly place him in the power of the raging bears. who yet defended themselve s furiously with frightful yells of pain and rage. On recognizing the spot. q uickly followed by another. and then arose a cry of terror. that I dared not fire again. the other. an enormous bear made his appearance. as the do gs beset them on all sides. and firing. It afforded us the greatest delight and refre shment to pass along this cool and lovely vale. we were surprised. The dogs. one having the lower jaw broken. received his charge i n its heart. my son!' cried I. Following the imperceptible windings of the vale. to find ourselves in country we were already acqu ainted with. I felt his whole frame quivering. and not far from the Jackal Cave. Jack raised a shout of victory. We lost sight of him for a few minutes. perceiving th eir advantage. Ernest. In the distance we could see herds of antelopes or buffaloes feeding. one at each bear. and calling out: `A bear. that poor Ernest might gain co . and the othe r. whatever it was. `We have escaped the greatest peril we have yet encountered!' The dogs continued to tear and worry the fallen foe. and s haded by clumps of graceful trees.

The ostrich eggs we also left behind us. she had cut a quantity of canes and bro ught them. their wounds. By sunset we reached the tent. to await our return. with a minute and special description of the bear-fight. and. their sharp teeth.' said Fritz. as Fritz called him. wrinkled and purplish-red. and joyfully rejoined my wife and Franz. we have at least made good riddance of some other bad rubbish! These fellows would one day have worked us woe. When a full account of our adventures had been given. my lads. and a loose fleshy skin hanging from beneath the beak. * Grizzlies. hidden in a sandy hole. here. I thought that these might be the silver bears* mentioned in Captain Clarke' s journey to the north-west coasts of America. Every point was full of interest. cem ented with the white clay. `if we have failed to catch sight of serpents. the extraordinary strength of neck and shoulder. My first idea was to examine the c lay balls. we harnessed the cart. but too much melted down by the heat--a fault which. Part of the neck was bare. Brui there appears to be a jealous watcher who is unwilling to admit the the bed of state!' The Watcher. concealing them with boughs of trees and fencing the entrance as well as we could. not polar bears `Well. which I found baked hard and finely glazed. She and Franz had made their way through the wood up to the rocks behind i t. while around it. was an immensely large bird. called out softly: `Make haste me to attend n. on the cart. which it seemed to her might be used for making porcelain. After breakfast. and took the way to the bears' den.' As this process would take time and evening drew on. to be in readiness for the building we had in hand. coming in sight of the e ntrance to the cave. and we then betook ourselves to rest under s helter of our tent. who seem to have co the funeral obsequies of their respected friend and neighbour. or I am much mistaken. `We shall have a couple of splendid b ear-skin rugs. and. all were remarked and c ommented on. and joined us in examining the dangerous animals. She had arranged a hearth in a sheltered place by building up large stones.urage to approach the scene of conflict. In order to try the clay I put some balls of it in the fire no w kindled to burn during the night. Fritz headed the party. as well as a large heap of brushwood for the watch-fire. and our accustomed devotions. and observing that the shaded brown hair was tipped with glossy whi te. we dragged the huge carcas es into their den. seeing the excellent quality of the clay. I knew it would be well worthwhile to remedy. finally. which at last he did. What's to be done next?' `Why. to be sure.' said I. with a sort of c omb on his head. Then she had contrived a drinking-trough for the cattle o ut of a split bamboo. But visitors to and you will see a whole crowd of wild turkeys. I praised the thoughtful diligence which had effected so much that was of real and definite use. my wife related what she had done during our abs ence. skin them. their mighty claws. resting on the sh . I awoke at dawn and aroused my little party. and discovered a bed of pure white clay. right g lad to find a hearty meal prepared for us. as they lay motionless before us.

. I was lamenting our distance from the rascusara* tree. I recognized in this the pepper plant. the birds rising around them and departing with heavy ungainly flight. Determining to smoke the meat on the spot.oulders. which I supposed to denote various degrees of ripeness. as Fritz called the first we saw. and all chance of steaks and b ears'-paws gone. with Fritz. was a downy collar of soft white feathers. Some were red. and concluded it to be a condor. washed. we cut magnificent hams. On measuring the wings of the large bird from tip to tip. le aving only Fritz's prize. and the fruit grew in clus ters like currants. and were startled suddenly by a might y rush of wings in the air above us. becoming perfectly white. and they were r eady for us to carry off to our museum. and some of a green colour. were dried in the sun. * Previously he called it ravensara. occasionally ret iring into it himself for a few minutes. the feet appeared to be armed with strong claws. The bones and offal we drew to some distance with the help of our cattle. To work we now went on the bears. The skins had to be very carefully scraped. and m ade the birds of the air most welcome to feast upon it. The plumage was greyish-brow n. but by dint of perseverance we at last succeeded in our object. it was evidently the mate o f the `Watcher'. and rejoiced to find that the tongu e and eyes only of the bears had been devoured: a little later and we should hav e had the handsome skins pecked and torn to rags. This. the stem resembled a vine. killed by the large one in its fall. the red berries were soaked in salt and water for several days. cleansed with ashes and dried. and an enormous bird fell heavily head foremost on the rocks. but as soon as the other birds came pre ssing in after him. whose leave s had a very strong smell. preserving the paws entire to be cooked as a delicacy. and took of f the rest of the meat in slices after the manner of the buccaneers in the West Indies. a climbing plant. they did so effectually that before we left the place the skulls were picked perfectly clean. now rushed towards the cave. when I observed among the brushwood which the boys had brought from the thickets around us. the y were merely exposed to the sun's heat for a day or two. with the assistanc e of all sorts of insects. I found the length ex ceeded eleven feet. We looked up. while blood flowed from a wound in the breast. and the outer skin was qu ite thin. then washed and rubbed. and no slight affair we found it to skin and cut them up. both of black and white pepper. at the same moment Fritz fire d. the sun had dried them. he hurried out again and they were forced to retire. the leaves of which had flavoured our roast peccary so nicely. This great bird guarded the entrance to the cave. by which its ne ck was broken. a discovery particularly agreea ble at this moment. and finally. We stopped to observe this curious scene. which occupied fully two days. They were hard. and then stored: in th is way we obtained enough. marked here and there with white patches. but they. With the utmost caution I entered the cave. which my wife gladly under took to melt and prepare for keeping. and one of the other birds. We had been holding back the dogs. and obtaining fro m the two bears together a prodigious supply of lard. salted. The boys soon gathered a large supply. The treatment of the green berries was simple. to last us a very lon g time.

The four boys at length became so weary of inaction. and availed ourselves of the leisure time by also preparing for stuffin g the condor and the turkey buzzard. to which. and to hi m I committed the care of his young brothers. charging them to look up to and ob ey him as their leader. and I was obliged to consent. but Ernest said he w ould prefer to remain with us. well mounted. Ernest ha d a fancy for making ornamental cups from the ostrich eggs. Chapter 13 As evening approached. the bears' paws. Examining further. w hich.I took also a number of young plants. Little Franz. that I determined to let t hem make an excursion alone on the savannah. on the other hand. was wild to go with his brothers. bridled and mounted--the three lads were ready to be off. At last the tramp and beat of hoofs struck our ears. for well I knew that it might be the will of God to deprive them easily of their pa rents. without an enterprising spirit of self-reliance. We who remained behind passed the day in a variety of useful occupations. yet the want of glass for windows had been a downright trouble to her. my boys!' I let them depart. Three of them received this permission with eager delight. My wife saw this substitute for glass with unfeigned satisfaction. while listening anxiously for sounds heralding the return of our young explorers. appeared to be a kind of bean. It was my wish that our sons should cultivate a habit of bold independence. as I had made the pr oposal open to all. required a good deal of attention from my wife. which were stewing for supper. Speedily were th ey saddled. had a couple of good dogs. that we might have pepper growing at Rock burg and our various settlements. and we sat talking round the fire. whic h would serve admirably for window panes. as the expedition was to be entirely on e of pleasure. In the highest spirits they ran to bring their steeds (as we were fain to call the cattle they rode) from their pasturage at a short distance. Some roots of another plant were also taken. when. from the pods. sent for th savoury odours. The bears' meat. We were glad of this occupation during the tedious business of smoking the bear s' meat. . and found to my joy that I could split it into clear transparent sheets. I could make no objection. My gallant Fritz possessed this desirable quality in no small degree. and. I found the inner wall to consist of a kind of talc. their position wou ld be truly miserable. while I investigated the interior of the cave. mingled with threads of as bestos. whom I would willingly have kept with us. They were well armed. and also indications of mica. t hat although she would not complain. declaring. urubu or black vulture--for I could not det ermine to which species the smaller bird belonged. and could not draw back. I detached a large bloc k. the little troop appeared. which was being cured in a smoking-shed such as that we set up for the peccary hams. with a hear ty `God speed and bless you.

' `Yes. and there they are. at the top of their speed. aided by the dogs. `Nothing like real hunting after a ll. and looked so strange that I am perfectly cer . we thought of that po ssibility too. from w hose summit we saw two herds of animals. and the morning was so cool and fresh that our stee ds galloped along. They sprang from their saddles.' said Fritz. the animals were set at liberty to refresh them selves. as it were. We stretched a long line right across th e defile and strung on it feathers and rags and all sorts of other things. let us hear the whole story that we may have a definite idea of your p erformances. father. When we had passed through the Gap we moderated our furious pace and kept our eyes open on t he look-out for game. `We have driven a little herd of antelopes right through the Gap into our territory. showe d us where it was!' `My brothers forget the chief thing. grazing by the side of the stream below us. my boy! But I don't see what is to make them remai n inhabitants of our domain. the rest following.' `Stop.' `We had a splendid ride. `down Glen Verdant. tied together. stuck out under their chins. `and Fritz has two angora rabbits in his bag. whether antelopes. father!' cried Jack. all ready for us to hunt when we like--or to catch and tame!' `Well done!' cried I. and were able to catch them. one made a rush at the opening and. sharp points. the chief thing of all. But to your mothe r and me. `Down the hill we rode as hard as we could go. w e did not know.' `Capital. but. when it struck me that it would be wiser to try and drive the whole herd through the Gap into our own domain. with shouts and cri es drove them along the stream towards the Gap. at length.' I said. and an occ asional movement seemed to indicate a living creature or creatures within.' said Fritz. `capital. and we wanted to bring you some honey. goats or gazelles. and it was all we could do to prevent them from bolting past us.crossing the open ground before us at a sharp trot. and provided against it. we then trotted slowly to the top of a grassy hill. Fritz's game-bag looked remarkably queer--round lumps. so that the four legs. or to prevent them from returning through the Gap w henever they feel inclined. free and yet wit hin reach. formed in a semicircle behind th e larger herd magnificent antelopes--and.' said Franz. which danced and fluttered in the wind. nearly the whole way. `We were about to gallop down and try to get a shot at them. `Here is indeed a list of achievements. father. Only think! Such a clever bird--a cuckoo. `you interrupted me too soon. and a shrill ringing cheer greeted us as we rose and went to meet them. Now. where they would be shut up. as we came near the opening they appeared inclined to halt and turn like sheep about to be driven into the butch er's yard. for the chase.' he replied. And just to see how Storm and Grumble go along over a grassy plain! It is pe rfectly splendid! We soon tired out the little antelopes. and the riders eagerly came to exhibit their acquisitions and give an ac count of themselves. in a park. is God's goodness in bringing you safe back to us. `Hurrah. Funny figures they cut! Franz and Jack had each a young kid slung on his back. and away to the defil e through our Rocky Barrier. they were so on all on the other side of the frontier and inhabitants of New Switzerland.

`This was capital. my boy. Franz declared it must be an enchanted princess. Jack. and where we should be very thankful. father. I threw in a lot of lighted lucifer matches. to colonize Wha le Island with them. in c . and. well. Fritz must have been seven miles and a half off. it was an age before I got rid of the little wretches. the f awns did not run in a straight line. The dogs sniffed about in the grass while Fritz was away after the rabbits. and they flew out in a body and stung me all over. I think I will get mother to bathe it for me. I rushed to Storm and sprang on his back. as we were in a great hurry to taste the ho ney. Do you know my eagle caught th ese pretty little fellows for me? I saw a number of them running about and so un hooded him. May I not establish a warren there? It would be so useful. `I am quite ready to listen to you.' said Jack. So we shouted to Fritz. an d--' `My dear boy. and at the same time in no way trouble us.' `Certainly. I can't say exactly how fast we were going. leaving Fritz and me to see to the fawns and examine the rabbits. with whose body I rewarded him.' `Now. Grumble and th e dogs at their heels. sure e nough. where the y would find abundant food. we galloped them down. and now my face is in a perfect fever. First and foremo stly. how did you bring down those beautiful little animals you have there?' `Oh. perhaps we did not ride for quite a quarter of an hour. In about a quarter of an hour we had left the dogs behind and were close upon our prey. `do listen to me and hear my story. so we spared its life. `according to your statement. and presently. and said it was a "Honey Indicator".' `Well done. but Frit z stopped me shooting it. out popped these little fawns and away they went boundi ng and skipping. but somehow it did not kill th e bees at all. we thought. and then. it stopped close by a bees' nest in a hollow tree.' have read. interrupting him. Down went the little creatures in the grass. in fact. and so I thought I would rid it of its spell. but. at the rate of thirty miles an hour. namely. With these latter I determined to do as Fritz proposed. Levaillant. `but my idea was to place them upon Whale Island. unhurt. with Storm.' and off rushed the noisy boy. though I gall oped away for bare life. and these two here. `I am glad to see that you remember what you e antelopes are welcome to New Switzerland. or else Fritz will begin upon my adventures and tire you out with his rigmarole descriptions. from whom I learnt the trick.' said I. father.' he replied. you see.tain that the herd will never attempt to pass it. they increase so rapidly stablish a colony of the little wretches your next difficulty will of them. says in his Voyage au Cap de Bonne Esperance that the Hotte ntots make use of the method for penning in the antelopes they have caught in th e chase. and that it was l eading us probably to a bees' byke.' I said. and he and Fran z and I leashed the legs of the pretty creatures. overcome with terror and fatigue. but. at any rate Fritz heard us. who led us ever so far out of our course by cuckooing and making faces at us and then hopping away. of course. but only made them awfully angry. and in a few minutes he brought me three--one dead. and. and then we mounted again.' `Oh.' I added. I was all the more willing to do this because I had been co nsidering the advisability of establishing on that island a fortress to which we might retreat in any extreme danger. were at our mercy. and presently saw a wretch of a cuckoo.' said I. and. Th `I cannot say that if you e be to get rid `True. the same for the rabbits you have there.

and at early dawn I aroused the boys. he might be unable to injure it. we arrived at the rising ground where Fri tz discovered the mounted Arabs. while Fritz and I visited the euphorbia trees. The principal dish in this meal consisted of the bears' paws--most savoury-smel ling delicacies. `it is a most deadly poison. Having ministered to the wants of the antelopes. and then. who were some way ahead. and were within gun-shot before they perceived us. should he bring down an ostrich. so tempting that their close resemblance to human hands. and we followed th e direction we had pursued on our former expedition. As we rode after the boys. the fat melted down and stored. drove them towards us. I rode Lightfoot. and retu rned to the tent to assist his mother and study his books.' The two boys were still at some distance from us. I allowed them to press forward. Fritz remarked. and they thus slaughter an immense number of the creat ures for the sake of their hides. and with a great shout. Ernest watched us depart without the slightest look or sigh of regret. Supper over. Three females of an ashen grey colour followed him. Fritz mounted the mule. why have you collec ted such a quantity?' `I did indeed say so. but just then their mother summoned us to d inner. we galloped off--first to visit the euphorbia to colle ct the gum. The y approached us with incredible swiftness. and also in preparing the skins of ani mals to protect them from the attacks of insects. and his great t ail plume waving behind. But I wished to make yet another excursion. we lit our watch-fire. father. that he could not defend . Jack and Franz perceived them. `Did you no t tell me that the juice of that tree was poisonous. with the two dogs. to use it to destroy the ap es should they again commit depredations. I rolled it into little balls and stored it in a bamboo jar I had brought with me for the purpose . and ev en the roguish `Fee-fo-fum' from Jack. I intend. did not prevent a single member of the fa mily from enjoying them most heartily. and so confused and alarmed him. We soon reached Turtle Mars h. his feathers of shining black. swooped down upon the head of the foremost bird. I tried to interest the boys i n my discovery of the block of talc. to possess means of obtaining a constant supply of animal food. We had been working very diligently. however. He now threw up the falcon which.ase of such a retreat. towering upwards.' I replied. the bears' meat was smoked. filling our water-flasks. and then to discover whether the ostrich had deserted her eggs in th e sand. Our steeds carried us down the Green Valley at a rapid rate. I n front ran a splendid male bird. and as this had coagulated in the sun. The inhabitants of the Cape of Good Hope use it to poison the springs where wild animals assembl e to quench their thirst. when suddenly four magnificen t ostriches rose from the sand where they had been sitting. As Jack and Franz wanted a gallop. Jack and Franz took their usual steed s and. Fritz had had the forethought to bind up the beak of his eagle so that. A quantity of the red gum had exuded from th e incisions I had made. and a large supply of bamboos collected. retired to our tent and slept soundly.

I instantly acted upon this idea. and kicked with such violence right and left. The eggs wer e quite warm. `that we have no tame ostriches. These cries stimulated the ostrich to yet further exertions. is it not? `Oh! I do wish you would be content with the menagerie you have already collect ed. and flung over his head my coat and h unting bag.' said I to the boys. enfolded his wings and legs in its deadly coils and brought him to the ground. while Fritz and I returned to examine the ostrich's nest. and hurling his lasso. I daresay Storm and Grumble will have no objection to perform their par t. for iron is what ostriches chiefly live o n. but he was at length brought to a stand by the determined refusal of his four-footed companions to continue such a race across loose sand. and the cords secured to their girths. So greatly was his speed checked that Jack over took him. No sooner had I done this than his struggles ceased. Storm and Grumble were led up on either side of the recumbent ostrich. that I might be able to lead him easily. I told them to walk with the prisoner slo wly home. e ach armed with a stout whip. and slung it carefully on the saddle before me. mounted their respective steeds. his guards making the air re-echo with their merry shouts. however. and we stood by to watch what would next occur.himself nor continue his flight. instead of bringing in a specimen of every beast you come across. It occurred to me. leaving about half. We'll do th at to this fine fellow. `do you think our provisions so abundant that you must scour the deserts to find some great beast to assist us to devour them ? You must discover an iron mine next. so leaving them to their own devices we leaped from our steeds and attempted to ap proach the captured bird. And this i s such a useless monster!' . `how the natives of India secure a newly cap tured elephant?' `Oh. and without other notable incident reached our tent. The boys having enjoyed the long run. fastening another cord in a loop round his legs that he might be prevented from breaking into a gallop. his fury might be subdued. `They fasten him between two tame elephants. However. Astonishment and dismay were depicted on the face of my wife as we approached. not aware of the cords which hampered him. then he arose with a bound and. he set off at a sharp trot. We first secured round his body a broad strip of sealskin. Jack and Franz.' So we at once began operations. For some moments after the return of his sight he lay perfectly still. Then. yes!' said Fritz. `My dear husband. which effectually shut out the light. and I was certain that the mother had quite recently left the nest . He struggled fearfully. The other ostriches were almost out of sight. on each side of w hich I fastened a stout piece of cord. we released him from the coils of the lasso. and he was brought to his knees. and we were able to approa ch. the wrappers were removed from the bird's eyes.' `The only difficulty will be. I packed the rest of the eggs in a large bag I had brought for the purpose. that I almost despaired of getting him home alive. The thongs were stout. and tame him double quick. `Do you know. We soon caught up our advance guard. and then at length seeming to accommodate himself to circums tances. that if we could cover his eyes. A fruitle ss struggle ensued.' remarked Jack.' she exclaimed. and it will puzzle even this great monster to run away with them. attempted to dash forwards.

I also took the oppor tunity of collecting a store of pipe-clay. and devoted the remainder o f the evening to making preparations for our departure. why he will be the fleetest courser in our stables. At the mouth of the Gap we called a halt. so we fastened up the ostrich between two trees. and we determined to hasten thit her with all possible speed. `you would not say so had you seen him run. father declares it is most delicate. he is responsible for its training. `I think that Jack has a very good right to the ostrich. . and there was instantly a cry raised on the sub ject. therefore. and in future he shall be my only steed. We found that the herd of antelopes which Fritz and Jack had driven through the Gap. to try my hand at china making. and Fritz brought up th e rear on Swift. Fritz. I obtained a good supply. Your bird. the cow was harnessed t o the cart. The sight of all these domestic animals made us lon g even more than ever for our home at Rockburg. and th e latter fitted for our accommodation when we should visit the spot.' exclaimed Jack. and replaced the cord the boys had st rung with ostrich feathers by a stout palisade of bamboos. When we reached the sugar-cane grove. seized the head.' The day was now too far advanced to allow us to think of setting out for Rockbu rg. which appeared in a most prosperou s and flourishing condition. and on our beds of cotton we slept soundly. While at the farm.' said I. and as these gallant steeds were thus employed.' `Come. `let us each take possession of the part of the ostrich we captured. we again stopped to collect the peccary h ams we had left to be smoked. and our dwelling-room. and a few stones and tenpenny nails to help his digestion. goats and poultry had greatly increased since we had la st visited our colony. my wife wished to take back with her. where we in tended to rest for the night. Jac k and Franz mounted Storm and Grumble. he only wants a little fruit and gra ss. I am going to make a saddle and bridle for him. we repaired both the animals' stalls. and my wife begged me to gather some seeds of an a romatic plant which grew in the neighbourhood.`Useless! Mother. come. I'll have the legs. The number of our pigs. and some of these. seeing that he brought it to the ground. that the former might be more secure against the attacks of wild beasts. and if he succeeds in taming it and con verting it into a saddle-horse it shall be his. The ostrich continu ed so refractory that we were obliged to make him again march between Storm and Grumble. From this time.' said Jack. laden with our treasures. Our tent was pitched. Next morning early we examined our farmyard. and which had the scent of vanill a. I rode Lightfoot. and several times we saw th e beautiful animals browsing amongst the trees. after our long and fatiguing march. keep that. At early dawn our picturesque caravan was moving homewards. father shall have th e body. `Very well.' The way in which Jack assumed the proprietorship of our new prize seemed to str ike his brothers as rather cool. and Franz a couple of feathers from the tail. and we moved forward towards Woodlands. as I intended during the winter month s. Then as for his app etite. two fine broods of chickens especially . had taken up their abode in the neighbourhood. which were close at hand. Room was left in the cart for my wife.

Ernest had set. but to wait un til I could use them as I intended. Having made them happy with their liberty and abundance of food. but on the other they found this splendid fellow. we turned our attention to other duties: the cultivation of a wheat. for the present. and then to Shark Island. on the previous night. The mica and asbes tos. Ernest's rat-skins were voted a nuisance within doors. By midday we were once more settled at home. vanilla. For this purpose I arranged a stove. and which I determined t o hatch. the inquisitive dispositions of Knips and Fangs might induce them to make anatom ical experiments which would be detrimental to the welfare of the youngsters. one had been dragged away. that even then Jack would pretend to faint every time he passed near them. and on it I placed the eggs carefully wrapped in cotton wool. an immense eel. in a basket. for I knew that if I left them unprotected. Having occupied two days in this way. were brought in for the present. we again retired to rest. Windows and doors were thrown open to admit fresh air. Next morning Fritz and I went off in the boat first to Whale Island. which he and Ernest had secured . whom we fastened.Everything at length being satisfactorily arranged. and add the provisions we had bro ught to the stores lying in our cellar. As we returned. . we returned as quickly as possible to cure the bears' skins. too. a nd early next morning completed our journey to Rockburg. I devoted to the ostrich. as well as that of other creeping plants. It proved delicious. I sowed round the foot of each bamboo pillar. but also afford us shade during the summer months. there to e stablish our colonists. and were tied together a nd hung up outside. for a short time. where we p laced the dainty little antelopes. so powerful was the odour they emitted. I then turned my attention to the eggs we had brought. the animals established in their stalls. Thinking that the verandah would be greatly improved by some creepers. a couple of lines. wh ich I maintained at a uniform temperature. and the taming of the captives. and the cart's mis cellaneous cargo discharged and arranged. which would not only give the house a pleasanter aspec t. if possible by artificial heat. and pepper-seed. between two bamboo posts in front of our dwelling. We now. the management of the ostric h's eggs. not to lie there idle. for china and lamp-wicks. and the other half salted an d stowed away. As much time as I could spare. barley and maize field. Half was prepared for dinner. again turned our attention to our duties about the ho use. to be stuffed when we should find time during the rainy season. the angora rabbits. for the hens and their little chicks w hich we had brought from Woodlands. we caught up Jack. making his way in great glee towards Rockbur g. He was carrying. The museum received its additions: the condor and vulture were placed there. I constructed a couple of hen-coops too.

How were we to saddle and bridle a bird? First. We worked two hours in the morning and two in the evening. with the light. and. but the digg ing and hoeing taxed our powers of endurance to the utmost. `Food he must have!' My wife determined to attempt an experiment. `Food he must have!' cried I. close hi s right eye and he turned to the left. to the great surprise of Franz. therefore. A second. power returned to his limbs. I was obliged to make a saddle. to whom I explained that the ostrich was merely following the instinct common to all birds. Fully did we realize the words of Scripture: `In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. it was something like an old-fashioned trooper's saddle.' In the interval we devoted our attention to the ostrich. and his strength came again. The ostrich sank to the grou nd and lay motionless. The effect of the tobacco fumes almost alarmed me. and secured it with strong girths round th e wings and across the breast. to avoid all possibility of the saddle slipping d own the bird's sloping back. I feared he would die. This curious-looking contrivance I placed upon the sh oulders as near the neck as possible. though the least to our taste. he arose. that he required these pebbles to digest his food . and fourth ball followed the first. Over the eyes-holes I contrived squar e flaps or blinkers. guavas. His appetite returned. After several failures. Now our ingenuity was taxed to the utmost. looking inquiringly for a second mouthful. at length. A plan at length occurred to me. we set about it first. All the wild nature of the bird had gone. But our efforts on beh alf of his education seemed all in vain. as Jack expressed it. feed from our hand. I de termined. Vague ideas passed through my mind. I immediately constructed a leathern hood. After a month of careful training. growing weaker and weaker each day. I soon saw that my plan would succeed. though skill and considerable practise w . our captive would trot. to adopt the plan which had subdued the refractory eagle. gallop. One of these she placed within the bird's beak. to reach from the neck to the beak. I succeeded in manuf acturing one to my liking and in properly securing it. maize and corn he ate rea dily--`washing it down'. just as smaller birds require gravel. with small pebbles. I was justly proud of my contrivance. When both blinkers were open. but to my dismay resolutely refused all food . but e very one I was obliged to reject. She prepared balls of maize flour. before I could really test its utili ty. for three days he pined. I recollected the effect of light and its absence upon the ostrich. the most important of these several duties. and how. and stretched out his long neck. and I saw with delight that we might begin his education as soon as we chose. The animals drew the plough. how his movements were ch ecked by sudden darkness. Slowly. third. The reins were connected with these blinkers. the ostrich would gallop straight ahead. peaked before and behind--for my great fear was lest the boys should fall. which were so arranged with whalebone springs that they clo sed tightly of themselves. obey the sou nd of our voice. He was subdued. in fact. cutting holes in it for the eyes and ears. shut both and he stood stock still. mixed with butter. so that the flaps might be raised or allowed to close at the rider's pleasure. He appeared as untameable as ever. and paced up and down betwee n the bamboo posts. close his left and he turned to the right . for a bit for his beak. but. showed himself perfectly doci le.As agriculture was. Rice. He swallowed it.

I was able to turn my attention to detail s of lesser importance. The marvellous spe ed of the bird again revived the dispute as to the ownership. the faster he would fly. and begged me to manufacture more. They had been salted and dri ed. I determined to use a mixture of honey and wa ter in its place. which I dyed a brilliant red with cochineal. I passed o ver it a hot iron. that all may practise on him occasionally. One died almost as soon as it was necessary in the use of my patent bridle. and by next morning had the satisfaction o f presenting to my wife a neat little red Swiss cap. that it struck me that I might prepare from it an excellent drink. and now required tanning. With the rat-skins and a so lution of india-rubber. by adorning it with ribbons and ostrich feathers. and my wife begged me to brew a large supply. and one day Fritz introduced me with g reat glee to three little ostriches. that they might secure the water rats with which the strea m abounded. and whose rich glossy fur would serve admirably for felt. This was unfortunate. and that the tight er the reins were drawn. and the distance between Rockburg and Falconhur st was traversed in an almost incredibly short space of time. and as my success in so many trades had surprised me. in a case of necess ity. for the honey-water which I boi led appeared so clear and tempting. anyone may mount him. however. On the other side of Jackal River we had planted potat oes and cassava roots. I readily agreed to do so. The land had been ploughed and sown with wheat. and stretching this on a wooden block I had prepared. I agreed to turn hatter for the nonce. and finally placed it upon the head of little Franz. and Franz is not yet stro ng enough to manage such a fleet courser. We at length. the little creatures were not des tined to enjoy life for long. I now found time to turn my attention to the bears' skins. I put by some of the liquid before making use of it as ta n. and I was obliged to interfere. after tottering about on their stilt-like legs for a few days. .' Our field-work was by this time over. So delighted was everyone with the hat. while the fur was soft and glossy.' said I. The boys had been clamouring for hats. But alas. I had no tan. but n ot to be deterred from my purpose. and maize. My wife admired the production immensely. he is a lighter weight than either of you his elder brothers. When the skins were dried they remained flexi ble and free from smell. which required prepa ration before they would be fit for use as leather. that all were eager to be similarly pro vided. We had not neglected the ostrich's eggs. `for it is most suited to him. The preparation. to smooth the nap. I produced a kind of felt. But he is so far to be considered comm on property. followed its example. to be lined and finished by her for one of the boys. and reboiled it with nutmeg and cinnamon. was pronounced delicious. as soon as they should furnish me with the necessary materials. which much resembl ed English mead. and the others. As our cellar was now well stocked with provisions for the winter. added yet mo re to its gay appearance. however. and all sorts of other seeds had been carefully sown. and our other preparations were completed. This was not the only result of the experiment. and advised them to make ha lf a dozen rat-traps. barley. all lea rned to manage Master Hurricane. The experiment proved successful. and lining it with silk. It was difficult to remember that t o check the courser's speed it was necessary to slacken rein. and. `Jack shall retain the ostrich.

and by the time it was complete the rain had passed away and the glorious sun again shone brightly forth. and we completed her construction in the open air. which were all so made that they should kill the rats at once. The boys at once agreed to this arrangement. Chapter 14 Scarcely had I completed my pottery. nevertheless. and the boat-building was soon in operation. and half a dozen small plates. When this was partly baked. I spri nkled over it a powder of coloured glass beads which I had crushed. and the moulds rec eived a thin layer of the porcelain material. as well as I. for I could not bear the idea of an imals being tortured or imprisoned. father. I first cleaned the pipe-clay and talc from all foreign substances. The spirits of all w ere depressed. in which I might skim over the surface of the water. it greatly . and fragrant tea filled the added to the appearance of the table. and made the m ready to be beaten down with water into a soft mass. when great black clouds and terrific storm s heralded the approach of another winter. and then prepared my moul ds of gypsum plaster. we we re compelled to give up our daily excursions. The rainy season having set in. The work engrossed our attention most entirely. declared that our chances o f drowning were. and even occasional rapid rides. but m y wife. and tha t there was not the slightest necessity for our adding to these chances by const ructing another craft which would tempt us out upon the perfidious element. but as safe and stout a cra ft as ever floated upon the sea. and began the manufacture of the traps. failed permanently to arouse them. some were very ill -shaped. Her fears were. We quickly cased the sides and deck some of the vesse the general appea with rosy and gol cups. and he said to me: `Why. leavi ng merely a square hole in which the occupant of the canoe might sit. should we not make a canoe. and which lo oked very pretty in patterns upon the transparent porcelain. had perceived th is. speedily allayed. that I migh t obtain material for a hat for myself and their mother. after many failures. While they were thus engaged I applied myself to the manufacture of porcelain. Fritz. and when the plates were filled den fruit resting on green leaves. however. a cream-jug. something swifter and more manageable than those vessels we as yet possess? I often long for a light skiff. We const ructed the skeleton of whalebone. and none were really transparent. for I assured her that the boat I in tended to construct should be no flimsy cockleshell. I must allow that my china was far from perfect. the shape of ls was faulty. with the pinnace and canoe. using split bamboo canes to strengthen the sid es and also to form the deck. rance gave great satisfaction. but. but also to produce a stron g and serviceable canoe--a masterpiece of art. during a partial cessation of th e rain. which extended the whole length of the boat. already sufficiently great. we yet found the time dragging heavily. I succeeded in producing a set of white cups and saucers. Even in the spacious house which we now occupied. and with our varied and inter esting employments.Every fifth animal that they brought me I told them should be mine. and I resolved not only to occupy the children. The boys were interested. a sugar-basin. Some of my china vessels cracked with the heat of the stove. The Greenlander's cajack I intended to be my mo del.' The idea delighted all hands. Our front door was just wide enough to admit of the egress of our boat. These preparations were at length made. who was never happy when we were on the sea.

The dress was at length completed and Fritz. The experiment was most successful. The garment we produced was most curious in appearance.with seal-skin. The shore was covered with lovely shells. and when at length we launched her she bounded upon the water like an india-rubber ball. When w e reached home she carefully washed these and dried them in the oven. The verandah. made of linen prepared wi th a solution of india-rubber. we could perceive by the footprints that the antelopes had discovered and made use of the shelter we had erected for the m. and feeling that we could do nothing more we scattered handfuls of maize and salt. All were well. but before his mother would hear of his entering the frail-looking skiff sh e declared that she must contrive a swimming-dress. wh ither we followed in one of our boats. the boys collected for their museum. and amidst roars of laughter from his brothers. strewn by the edge of th e water too lay a great quantity of seaweed of various colours. many of which. in spite of the ir laughter at their brother's garment. It was like a double waistcoat. and I must own that I d oubted its efficiency. for her dislike of tobacco was well known. Quickly and easily he paddled himself across the bay towards Shark Island. the boy gravely donned and inflat ed the garment. and strolled across to the other side of the island. While on the island we paid a visit to the colonists whom we had established th ere the previous autumn. too. Though I did not consider the cajack quite the soap bubble my wife imagined it. and as the mothe r declared that much of it was of use. As we pulled back to the land I was surprised to see that my wife chose from am ong the seaweed a number of curious leaves with edges notched like a saw. and the dress inflated. I yet willingly agreed to assist her in the construction of the dress. and were now promising magnifice nt crops. was looking pleasant with its gay and sweet-scented creepers. There was evidently something mysterious about this preparation and my curiosity at length prompted me to make an attempt to discover the secret. The cajack was indeed a curious-looking craft. by means of which air could be forced into the space between the out er covering and the lining. the earth seemed teeming with life. We so arranged it that one little hol e was left. and Ernest. the boys assisted her to collect it and s tore it in the boat. Fritz was unanimously voted her rightful ow ner. `Are these leaves to form a substitute for tobacco?' said I. yet so light that she might be l ifted easily with one hand. We all assembled on the beach. one fine afternoon. which were already aspiring to the summit of the pillars. the seams being likewise coated with caoutchouc. he m ight yet have a chance of saving his life'. begged their mother to make for each of them a similar dress. so that `should his boat rec eive a puncture from a sharp rock or the dorsal fin of a fish and collapse. offered public ly to prove it. with beautiful pieces of delicate coral. making all the seams thoroughly watertight with caoutchouc. Meanwhile I perceived with pleasure the rapid vegetation the climate was produc ing. `Do you so long fo r its refreshing smell?' My wife smiled. The air was full of birds. and she answered in the same jocular tone: . The seeds we had scattered had germinated. Jack and Franz. entered the wate r. and the whole rendered perfectly airtight.

and at once recognized the leaves on Shark Island. still ma rvelling from whence my wife could have obtained a dish so rare. Finding everything so satisfactory. for a week. but it nevertheless became greater than ever. the palms and mangroves had shot up in a most marvellous manner. for picked clean by th e birds and bleached by sun and rain the bones had been purified to a most perfe . Behold the produce of my mysterious s eaweed. attracted our attention.`Do you not think that a mattress stuffed with these leaves would be very cool in summer?' The twinkle in her eyes showed me that my curiosity must still remain unsatisfi ed. The boys and I had one day made a long and fatiguing expedition. and then prepared again to e mbark. we disposed of all that she had set before us. `is not this an excellent substitute for tobacco. the young and tender shoots of the trees bore th e marks of many greedy mischievous little teeth. I noticed that some of the seaweed had also be en gnawed by the rabbits. the preparation of the dish is extremely simple: the leaves are so aked in water. As we lay there resting. before we did so. and many of the seeds which I had cast at random amongst the clefts in t he rocks had germinated. at which. `Ambrosia!' exclaimed Fritz. It was evident at a glance that the rabbits had increased. wished to examine the plantations we had made thanked my wife for it most hearti go off again to the island to coll I agreed to accompany them. we were naturally anxious to discover how o ur colony and plantations on Whale Island had fared. It was indeed delicious. The skeleton of the whale. Cut with a spoon and laid b efore us it quivered and glittered in the light. for I there. and with the help of the boys I erected round each stem a hedge of prickly thorn. Such depredations as these could not be allowed.' We were all delighted with the delicacy. we saw that the antelopes must h ave refreshed themselves. `I often saw it. however. the boys declaring that they must at once ect as many of the leaves as they could find. `this dish is indeed a masterpiece of culinary art . `Aha. we heard the mother's voice: `Could any of you enjoy a little jelly?' She presently appeared.' laughed my wife. and. too. and ly. All were flourishing.' replied she. I collected some of it to examine more fully at home. and then boiled for a few hours with orange juice. Once knowin g the secret. from the footprints around. bearing a porc elain dish laden with most lovely transparent jelly.' `My dear wife. but where had you met with it? What put it into your head?' `While staying with my Dutch friends at the Cape. citron and sugar. and. fresh every day. A way up among the rocks too we discovered a bright sparkling spring of delicio us water. and promised to clothe the nakedness of the frowning bo ulders. The cocoanut palms alone had th ey spared. tasting it. we flung ourselves down in the verandah. and wondering what it could have been to tempt them.' exclaimed I. far m ore refreshing than the nasty weed itself. tired out .

towing them after us. the conte nts of which were speedily displayed: four birds. at length a loud barking from Floss and Bruno. `I must do no such thing. I knew that to make such a machine of stone was far beyond my power. a kangaroo. sometimes I could scarcely breathe. and s eeing that they greatly resembled those of pigs. and I was obliged to shut my eyes because of the terrific rush of air. without a word of explanation. and the rest fled. My expedition was destined to be a solitary one. I raised my gun and fired twice amongst the herd: two of the pigs fell. you can't think what grand fun hunting on an ostrich is. father. and returned home. and calling back the pur suers. we were going at such a rate. and presently Jack exclaimed: `Oh. continued my way through the forest. I separated some ten or twelve. announced that they had been discovered. `For two reasons: firstly. two hares and half a dozen beaver rats.' `Why not?' asked he. therefore. but as I reached the cassava field I noticed to my great annoyance that it had been over run and laid waste by some mischievous animals. Fritz threw down. The boys seemed almost wild with excitement at the success of their expedition. for when I went to the stables for a horse. you must make me a mask with glass eyes to ride with.ct whiteness. With Storm. and had left to me a choice between the bull and buffalo. These latter carried upon their cruppers game-bags. followed by the dogs. Thinking that the joints of the vertebrae might be made of use. A tree suited to my purpose was soon found. we flew a long like the wind. by which time I hoped the oth er lads would have returned. who were with me . determined to follow the trail. a bundle of thistles. I examined the footprints. were standing at bay. or I shall be blinded one of these fine days. with a loo k of amazement upon his face. rea lly. twenty musk-rats. father. and she herself. and I handed them over to my wife to prepare for supper. I determined next morning to look out a tree from which I might cut the blocks of wood that I should require to raise my crushers. that the dogs feared to approach them. showing their teeth and grunting so savagely. and rolled them down to the boat. I marked it. and see who these invaders of our territory would prove to be. Ernest. and then returne d to the shore. I crossed the bridge. and presently Jack appeared. but it had struck me that the vertebrae of the w hale might serve my purpose. because I do not consider that I must do anything th . who had remained at home. The track led me on for some way until I almost lost sight of it near our old p otato field. followed in the distance b y Fritz and Franz. assisted me to flay the young porkers. Besides t hese.' `Indeed!' replied I. A scheme now occupied my mind for the construction of a crushing machine which would prove of the greatest service to us. The whole family of our old sow. I discovered that the boys had gone off by themselves with their g uns and traps. were laid before me. For some time I hunted backwards and forwards without seeing a sign of the animals. I was fain to be content. Late in the evening we heard the sounds of trampling hoofs. a monkey. thundering along upon his two-legged steed. I picked up the pigs.

because I think that you are very capable of doing it yourself. a plant whose sharp little thorns. This. A bold cut down the belly. I must congratulate you upon your abundant supply of game . in the surgeon's chest. Fritz begged me to examine his thistles which he had gathered. baited with fish and earthworms. forcing in yet more air until it had become a mere shapeless mass. and the animal was flayed. and as I now noticed that the b oys were all becoming extremely drowsy. I made no reply to the jests which followed. and a duck-billed platypus. while with other traps.' Presently the boys returned. and washing it down with fragrant mead. with a few alterations. The boys stared at me in blank amazement whe n. secondly. I then made a small incision in the skin. Still I worked on. I closed the day with evening devotions. they had caught several beaver rats. and a few touches here and there where the liga tures still bound the hide to the body. that we might attend to the preparation of the you demand. yet that we at home are kept in a constan t state of anxiety. but silently hung the kangaroo by its hind legs to the branch of a tree. He was perfectly right. off with you. and when I saw the array of animals the boys had brought me to flay. and declared myself ready to commence operations. and it was with immense prid e that Jack displayed the kangaroo which he had run down with his swift courser. We resolved to be up betimes the following morning. thinking. I had in my possession a powerful air pump. It was not an agreeable task at any time. By degrees the hide of the kangaroo distended. attracting them with small carrots. and then. armed with this instrument. and a roar of laughter followed the remark. Contributions to the garden had not been forgotten. and that all is going on well. . that it was a plant used in the manuf acture of wool. when all the other treasures had been displayed. and Fritz handed over to hi s mother several cuttings from cinnamon and sweet-apple trees. which cover the stem and leaves. Within the tub e I first fitted a couple of valves. They had set their traps near Woodlands. for I recognized it at once as the `fuller's teazle'. are used to r aise the nap of cloth. and I soon found that the skin was almost entirely separated from the car case. I determined t o construct a machine which would considerably lessen the labour. However. and had there captured the musk-rats. altering the shape of the creature entirely. The number of the creatures we killed rendered the removal of their skins a mat ter of no little time and trouble. and inserting the mouth of the syringe forced air with all my might between the skin and the body of the animal. While we were discussing the roast pig. perforating the stopper. and look to your animals. I took up the kangaroo. `Yet I wish that you would let me know when you intend starting on such a long expedition as this. Fritz described the day's expedition. you must have indeed worked hard. Hu nting and fishing had occupied the rest of the day. Now. you forget that though you yourselves know that you are quit e safe. and. Amongst the ship's stores. I discovered a large syringe . he said. `Skin a kangaroo with a squirt?' said they. and then you ma y find supper ready. Finally. would serve my purpose admirably. and we prepared for a most appetizing meal which t he mother set before us.

and at length. We soon reached the tree I had selected for my purpose. axes and other t ools. great was my surprise when one evening the fowls return ed. beaten.' said she. `Only think. and with the vertebrae jo ints of the whale I. I can't see.' The remaining animals were subjected to the same treatment. that will not be necessary if we leave the younger plants in the ground. may be drawn off with perfect ease. rolled. and pickling already on hand . It suddenly struck me that these birds had come from the direc tion of our cornfield. while as to planting more. when the tree fell. with all this press of work. showing most evident indifference to their evening meal.' I replied. The trunk cracked. the tree was soon cut half through. The skin has now nothing to unite it to the body. and the trunk sawed into blocks four feet long. The harvest we must conduct after th e Italian fashion. As the easiest and most speedy method we used a saw. in a very short time. cons equently. it was well sprinkled with water. elastic a s they are. cracked. and. and with their crop s perfectly full. but when I considered that the cut was sufficiently deep we took t he ropes and pulled with our united strength.' said I. `This scientific fact has been known for many years. and Fritz and I attacked the stem. I now summoned the boys to assist me in procuring blocks of wood for my crushin g machine. although anything but economical. They then descended. This unexpected harvest. and fell with a crash. will save time and t rouble. . `of my beloved potatoes and manioc roots! What is to be come of them. we need not be too particul ar. and how to mana ge it. completed my machine. which a dded reaping and threshing to the fishing. I commenced leveling a large space of firm clayey ground to act as a threshing floor. It was lab ourious work. The amount of work before us startled my wife. and then remove its hide at a mome nt's notice. I should like to know? It is time to take them up. To cut down and divide this tree had taken us a couple of days. it might not injure its neighbours. and I began by sen ding Fritz and Jack up into the tree with axes to cut off the larger of the high branches so that. and the following day we set forth with saws. `But why should it do it?' `For a most simple and natural reason.' Without further delay. which. and on the third we carted home four large and two small blocks. accordingly. and then found to my great joy that the grain was perfectly ripe. and digging potatoes in this fine. t o my great joy. the Greenlanders make cons tant use of it. and being prepared f or use. While engaged on this undertaking I had paid little attention to our fields of grain. quite troubled her. such as is employed by sawyers in a saw-pit and.`What a splendid plan!' cried the boys. and. ropes. F ritz taking one end and I the other. when they have killed a seal or walrus they distend the skin tha t they may tow the animal more easily ashore. salting. I hurried off to see what damage they had done. tottere d. wife. `Do you not know that the sk in of an animal is attached to its flesh merely by slender and delicate fibres. and that between these exist thousands of little bladders or air chambers. swayed.' `Don't be downhearted. and. by fo rcing air into these bladders the fibres are stretched. and as we are to have two crops in the year. `there is no immediate hurry about the ma nioc. light soil is easy work compared to wha t it is in Switzerland. in a couple of days the skins were all off. We then adjusted ropes that we might guide its fall. The boughs were speedily lopped off. and again began to cut.

and the Italians do not waste th e straw by not cutting it with the grain. Lightfoot. and boiled turkey!' When our harvest stores were housed. wife. allowing the grass to grow up among it. and smooth as a threshing floor nee d be. and look at that splendid straw completely wasted! I don't approve of yo ur Italian fashion at all. and Hurry. Our largest wicker basket was then slung between Storm and Grumble. but resolved to be prepared for them nex t season. to catch them in large quantities. hard. From time to time the animals took mouthfuls of the tempting food they were bea ting out. we thought they well deserved it. but to grasp the corn where it was convenien t to them. what we lose in grain. During these operations our poultry paid the threshing-floor many visits. also in Italian fashion. and the treatmen t continued until it became a as flat. I said. letting them feed in it. While engag ed in this. the chaf f and refuse was carried away by the wind and the grain fell to the ground. with many a m erry jest. so extravagant and untidy did she consider our work. I told my reapers not to concern themse lves about the length of the straw. each was to wind a stalk around his own handful. and went forth to gather in the corn in the simplest and most expeditious manner imaginable. we gain in flesh. w hich perfectly horrified the mother. and called to mind the command given to the Jews. we proceeded to winnowing: by simply throwing the threshed cor n with shovels high in the air when the land or sea-breeze blew strong.and stamped.' `It is not a bad plan. I anticipa te delicious chicken-pie. and eat wh at grain is left. and the field displayed a quantity of tall. they use this high stubble for their cattle. we found that we had reaped sixty. eighty. headless stubble. and round they went. and by spreading nets. so as to throw them i n the track. and gobbling up the grain at such a rate that my wife was obliged to keep them at a reasonable distance. `Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. even a hundred-fold what had been sown. Our garner was truly filled with all ma nner of store. `Let them enjoy themselves. `you have left numbers of ears growing on short stalks. We did not secure any great number. We shall find it spare our arms and backs as much in that as in reaping. as the sun dried the moisture it was watered anew. they mow al l together for winter fodder. And now for threshing. afterward. in this way great labour was saved. My wife and I were incessantly occupied with hayforks.' After threshing. trampling and stamping out the grain. flocks of quails and partridges came to glean among the scattered ea rs. . testi fying a lively interest in the success of our labours.' The little sheaves were laid in a large circle on the floor. we armed ou rselves with reaping hooks. roast goose. while dust and chaff flew in clouds about them. Expecting a second harvest. the boys mounted S torm. Grumble. `This is dreadful!' cried she. having more arable than pasture land. and in a short time the basket had been fi lled many times. but I would not have them altogether stinted in the midst of our plenty. I can assure you. starting off at a brisk trot. an d throw it into the basket. without stooping. by means of which we sho ok up and moved the sheaves over which the threshers rode. and immediately therefore commenced mowing down the stubble. we were constrained to prepare the field for sowing again. The plan pleased the boys immensely.

All trace of his original figure was speedily lost. my wife. I lost no time in giving chase in the boat. that my wife might see we were ready to go to his ass istance the moment it became necessary. . he sped securely on his further wa y. which of course had not been oft leaves which were used for stuffing . then to the left.' cried Fritz. Com pletely equipped in swimming costume--trousers. the cajack darted from behind a point of land. urging us to greater speed. although t he dress was her own invention. when burnt especially useful. he showed that the tiny craft would neither ca psize nor sink. in which to store pistols. This year we pickled only two barrels of them. Fritz with his paddles then began to practise all manner of evolutions: darting along with arrowy swiftness. The shoals of herring made their appearance just as we finished our agricultura l operations. After a time we saw. steering in the direction of the sound. at a considerable distance. more especially for the completion of the cajack. We h unted them vigorously. which arrived on the coast directly afterwards. with Ernest and Jack. recovering his balance. harpooned and qu ite dead. We soon arrived outside the bay. `Come to this rocky beach. Even his mother could not resist a smile.My wife was satisfied when she saw the of maize. and jacket and cap--it was most ludicrous to see him cower down in the canoe and puff and blow till he began to swell like the frog in the fable. On the little deck of that tiny vessel I had m ade a kind of magazine.' With blank amazement we beheld a fine well-grown young walrus. our crop threshed like the other corn. wheeling to the right . afforded s mattresses. ammunition. Encouraged by our shouts of approbation. left ashes so rich in alkali as to be straw carried home and stacked. Then. barley and oats. This being more than I had bargained for. and at last. at the rocks where formerly lay the wreck. while the stalks. and gazed in all directions for signs of the runaway. Chapter 15 At last came the day when Fritz was to make his trial trip with the cajack. and. I got the other boat out. and floated lightly o n the sea-green ocean mirror. and was rapidly carried out to sea. requiring their skins for many purposes. followe d by the crack of a pistol. The cajack was launched from a convenient shelving point. and shouts of laughter gree ted his comical appearance. flinging himself quite on his side. and declaring that some accident could not fail to happen to `that horrid soap-bubble'. A c ouple of harpoons furnished with seal bladders were to be suspended alongside. we soon hear d the boy's cheery halloo. he now boldly ventured into the strong current of Jackal River. which was presentl y answered by another. while his m other uttered a shriek of terror. a faint puff of smoke. and this I meant to cover with seal-skin. water and provisi ons. `I have something to show you. and we quickly joined company. but we were not so merciful towards the seals. and hoped they would ripen before the rainy season. so as to be quite watertight. Upon this we fired a signal shot. I changed the crops sown on the ground to rye.

but I took care to give him the contents of my pistol before going close up. I cong ratulate you.' `But the head! The head! we must have the whole head. and made chase after them when beyond the influence of the current. `but our united strength will not move this prodigious weight from among these rocks. adding that he should like to have a small compass. looking round in some anxiety. took me by surprise. I left your mother in grie vous trouble. when it begins to putrefy. father. and I did so long to make a prize of one that I forgot everything else. so unexpe cted. Jack.' `You ran a very great risk. we will prepare for that. laughing. then he sought refuge among these rocks. `It shall be soaked and cleaned. and half expecting to see a naked savage come to claim the prize.' `We must certainly carry away the beautiful ivory tusks.' remarke d Ernest. father.' said Fritz.' said I. and expired. `What a treat for the steersman!' `Oh.' replied I. the wandered from the Antarctic seas. I had no idea of passing out of sight. I think a storm is brewing. it often becomes furious and. and I struck him a se cond time. Now what's to be done with him? He must be quite fourteen feet long.' `Indeed. `And so it se may have f Africa is isor teeth. Ernest!' `I supposed the walrus to be an animal peculiar to the Arctic regions. I know that on the eastern coast o found a smaller species of walrus called the dugong: it has long inc but not tusks. `but success so speedy.' I replied. until I got nea r enough to harpoon this fine fellow. He swam more slowly. and in cutting off long strips of its skin. as we had not the proper implements.' `I am very glad you followed me.' said Fritz. we were actively engaged in the decapitation of the walrus . bu t when attacked and wounded. tha nk God for your safety! I value that above a thousand such creatures. father! Don't you see my harpoon? Why do you doubt it?' `Well. in a box with a glass top. `The walrus is an inoffensive creature. but once in the current . with its long tusks.' said I. is. I landed. You should not have gone out of the bay. an d dried till it is as hard as a wooden model. can destroy. my boy! But I must tell you that you have alarmed us by making thi s long trip. and s crambled to where he lay. `just think how splendid it will look on the cajack!' `And how splendid it will smell too. although not full gro wn. I scarcely know. Then I came on a herd of walru ses. a strongly built whale boat. and could not help myself. turning upon its purs uer. having a salutary recollection of the big serpent's parti ng fling at you. However.`Did you kill this creature. This took some time. and so appropriate. fixed in front of the hole where the s . with these grand snow-white tusks! I should so like to fasten i t on the prow of the cajack. and Fritz remarked. to an amateur Greenlander.' cried Jack. I was carried along. and name it the Sea-horse.' added Ernest. `but make has te! The air feels so excessively close and sultry. and certainly resembles a seal rather than a walrus. it shall not offend your delicate nose in the least. `To be sure. `though they may occasionally be seen elsewhere. only do let me carr y away the head.' While thus speaking. my dear Fritz?' I exclaimed. that in future the cajack must be pr ovided with a hunting-knife and a hatchet.

as well as her little boy. and we gave thanks together for the mercy w hich had spared our lives. where it under went such a skilful and thorough process of cleaning. . scattered on the ground. and once more entering Safety Bay. Returning joyfully to Rockburg. I saw the necessity of this and I promised it should be done. seated at a comfortable meal. The tempest swept on its way. and firmly lashed ourselves to the boat. and announce our approach to his mother. Much damage had been done by the late storm. and my whole agonized heart arose in prayer for strength to s ay. made valuable leather. Yet I never lost hope for ourselves--all my fears were for Fritz. fearful gusts of wind lashed the ocean in to foam. they were about the size of ordinary hazel-nut s. rain descended in torrents. on their knees in prayer so earnest for our deliverance. Then indeed ensued a happy meeting. and the sky began to clear as suddenly as it had been overcast. On going to work one day near the cascade. that ere long it was actually fixed on the prow of the cajack. we found a great number of dark-red berries. The heavy rain had flooded all the streams. Fritz was out of sight and beyond our reach. with small leafy coronets at the tip. when well tanned and prepared. embalming and drying. Both my boys faced the danger nobly. he longed to act as our ava nt-courier. `Thy will be done!' At last we rounded the point. and a tremendous stor m came on. the head of the walrus was conveyed to our workshop. but I yie lded to his earnest wish to return alone as he came. So that our time was much occupied in restoring things to order. until with cries of joy we attr acted their notice. we changed our drenched garments for warm dry c lothes. The bridge over Jackal River was partly broken down. in fact I gav e him up for lost. and I proposed to take Fritz and the canoe on board our boat. What was our surprise--our overwhelming delight when there we saw the mother wi th Fritz. and injured crops which should have been housed and safe before the re gular rainy season. so that we might all arrive together. We buckled on the swimming belts. and my feelings of alarm were mingled with hope on finding how well the boat behaved. so he was soon skimming awa y over the surface of the water. we were ready to go. so t hat we might not be washed overboard by the towering seas which broke over it. Afterwards.teersman sits. that our approach was unperceived. and the water tanks and pi pes all needed repair. yet the stormy waves continued for a long time to threaten our fr ail bark with destruction. while we followed at slower rate. Black clouds meanwhile gathered thick and fast around us. considered and described at our ease the perils of the storm. in spite of its buoyancy and steadiness. and. while livid lightning glared athwart the gl oom. and a most imposing a ppearance it presented! The strips of hide. Our work being accomplished. quickly drew n ear the little harbour. The horizon was shrouded in darkness.

drew the cart. and our store-room again assumed a well-sto cked appearance. containin g several pigeons. `Father. and have scarce ly any more bamboos of which to make them. and. Jack. `we want a quantity of hurdles. and consists of bear or deer's flesh. should remain with his mother and me. brought from the bed near Falconhurst. I proposed to use it for making aqueducts. Many quiet uneventful days passed by and I perceived that the boys.' The weather was exquisite. too. and in the course of two days a stock of pemmic an. Much as I wished that we could obtain a constant supply of thes e fish fresh. wearied by the routine of farm work at Rockburg.' said Fritz at length. the other day. St orm and Grumble. sturgeon and he rring rewarded our annual exertions. as she said. observing how much the recent rain had pro moted the growth of our young corn. even Knips rejected them. I determined to irrigate the fields with the drainage from our crushing-mill.The boys thought them so inviting. which would refresh both mind and body. I was obliged to reject the naive proposal from Jack.' His mother consented `to humour him'. and. when I observed Jack quietly slip a basket. fi rst cooked and then pounded or ground to powder. had not the sm ell induced me to examine them. and my wife was pleased to have this excellent spice wherewith to flavour her boiled rice and other dis hes. as usual. that you wished you had some more of the fine clay: we might visit the Gap at the same time. and thinks a tough old pigeon would be preferable. `Oh. Fritz begged some bear's meat from his mother. the erection of which I had long conte mplated. and that Ernest. `It is food carried by the fur-traders of North America on their long journeys through the wild country they traverse. `And what may pemmican be?' she asked. I decided that this was the fruit of the clove. but angry exc lamations and much spitting and spluttering followed the experiment. The fishing season was again successful. Some plants were immediately set in the nursery garden. who had no grea t desire to accompany his brothers. `the little fellow has his doubts about that pemmican. sufficient for a Polar expedition.' I had really no objection to propose. and they would have been cast aside with contempt. to make pem mican. were longing for a cruise in the yacht or an expedition into the woods. that we shou ld tether a shoal of salmon by the gills to the bottom of the bay as we had secu red the turtles. the three lads started in the very highest spirits. under the packages in the cart. It is very portable. wh . Having a good supply of clay. and were ridden by Fritz and Franz. was fabricated by our enthusiastic son. and as sist in the construction of a sugar-mill. and nouris hing. with exhortations to prudence and caution from both me and their mother. Large takes of salmon. and Franz should start together. and it was shortly afterwards settled tha t Fritz. oh!' thought I. in lieu of pepper--a very welcome variety to everyone. that they tasted them at once. although without much faith in the value of the preparation. They were ready to start. Before they started. Had we not better get a supply from W oodlands? And you said.

until. to their astonishmen t. It is dead and skinned. dancing round a lamb just killed. I could not see. and uttering. I hope. The sugar-mill occupied us for several days. and hinted that he might have news of them nex t morning. The dogs seized it. Franz shot it. The laughter continued.ile Hurry carried Jack swiftly across the bridge in advance of them. `But what exciting news. and closely followed by the dogs. and the ostrich fairly bolted with Jack into the rice swamp. Ernest sta rted up. On the evening of the first day. When does the nex t post come in. repeated again and again. while. mother!' `Well done. 15th instant `A true hunter's letter!' laughed I. human laughter.' said he. an enormous hyaena. and advance cautiously to se e what is the matter. as the y thought. decl aring she would much rather wait and hear all about it when she had them safe ho me again. and doubted the value of s uch glimpses into the scenes of danger through which her sons were passing. the boys were startled by hearing. in the mos t wonderful state of excitement. but wh ile I unharness them. and was made so much like our othe r mills that I need not now describe it. do you. `Something is very far wrong!' cried Fritz. Franz made his way among the bushes with his gun . take the dogs. `I cannot leave the animals. On approaching the farm at Woodlands. In a few minutes he returned with a scrap of paper in his hand.' Without a moment's hesitation. Love to all. father! The very latest news by pigeon-post. Just then a bird alighted on the dove-cot. the dogs growled and drew close t o their masters. whether it was one of our own pigeons or an intruder. at the distance of about forty paces. we naturally talked of the absentees. he could see. `Fritz `Woodlands. . and the beasts became unmanageable. and said he would see that all was right. and entered. Ernest?' `Tonight. as we sat resting in the porch at Rockburg. while his mother sighed. The pemmican isn't worth much. and taking the note I read: `Dearest parents and Ernest. `News. the oxen testified the greatest uneasiness. `A brute of a hyaena has killed a ram and two lambs. followed by Floss and Bruno. but we are all r ight. boys! What a capital idea!' said I. Ernest looked rather mysterious. Thus the winged letter-carriers kept us informed from day to day of the outline of adventures which were afterwards more fully described. through an opening in the thicket. barking at his heels. in the failing light. Franz. wondering and guessing what they might be ab out.

They raised a shout of triumph. he would certainly have been mo re than a match for the dogs. and going through most fra ntic and ludicrous antics. rising on its hind legs. It was as large as a wild boar. and was dead when the boys reached the spot. and the upper lip prolonged into a trunk so mething like that of an elephant on a smaller scale. Presently a beautiful heron thrust his long neck from among the reeds. the ghastly hysterical laughter which had pealed through the forest. and the boys on shore. and occupied themselves in skinning it du ring the remainder of the day. as it is sometimes called. The tapir can swim and dive with perfect ease. to ascer tain what all the noise on the lake was about. After unloading the cart at the farm. and submit to the inspection of his delight ed captors. after considerable resista nce from the old ones. and t heir first care was for the dogs. although it severely wounded both Floss and Bruno. his legs and wings were gently but firmly bound. which guided Jack to the scene of action. Franz kept his presence of mind very well. the colour dark brown. speedily succumbed. and wounded it in the breast. Before he could satisfy his curiosity. The dogs and the dying hyaena were by this time engage d in mortal strife. and from their description it mus t have been a tapir. t he hyaena began with horrid growls to tear its prey. whose wounds they dressed before minutely exam ining the hyaena. before they could summon the dogs. They were afterwards brought to Rockburg. when after dispatching the carrier-pigeon to Rock burg. he broke its foreleg. Meanwhile Fritz. The following day they devised no less a scheme than to survey the shores of Wo od Lake. and the n rapidly whirling round and round. . bu t when attacked becomes a fierce opponent. and place marks wherever the surrounding marsh was practicable and migh t be crossed either to reach the water or leave it. firing steadily b oth barrels. but the latter. to dream of adventures past a nd future. The beast kept running backwards and forwards. It was their turn to be alarmed next. the boys returned for the carcase of the tiger-wolf. the thighs muscular and sinewy. and abounds in the densely wooded swamps and rivers of tropical America. long stiff bristles formed a m ane on its neck. the claws remarkably strong and sharp altogether. but with no horn on the nose. But for his wounds. and in form resembling a young rhino ceros. the teeth and jaws were of extraordinary strength. Fritz in the cajack. and then. a nd he had to own himself vanquished. and when they found firm footing to the water's edge. They succeeded in capturing three young black swans. they retired to rest on their bearskin rugs. for he watched till. for a large powerful animal came puffing with a curious whistling sound through the dense thicket of reeds. bearing on high a bundle of reeds and branches. Fritz unhooded his eagle.from time to time. calming down. hurried to his brother's assistance. and detained as ornaments to Safety Bay. and can wound dogs dangerously with i ts powerful teeth. It is a gentle creature. its colour was grey marked with black. the spot was indicate d by planting a tall bamboo. It was out of sight i mmediately. and though vai nly he flapped and struggled. carefully examined the ground toget her. having unyoked the oxen and secured them to trees. nodding its head. passing close by and sorely discomposing them by its sudden appearance.

as he afterwards vividly described the dreadful scene th ere enacted.Fritz in his cajack followed for a time the direction in which the tapir procee ded. The young hunters seemed to have lived very comfortably on peccary ham. `They became so unbearable. and even then we preferred the tent. occasional deep majestic roarings ion that we heard the voices of lions and of jackals. and we continued our way in peace to Prospect Hill. father? The pleasant cottage had been overrun and ruined by apes just as Woodlands last summer! The most dreadful dirt and disorder met our eyes wherever we turned. and the rising moon shed a beauty over the landsc ape which we seemed never before to have so admired and enjoyed. among them two demoiselle or Numidian cranes. These birds they shot at with arrows arranged in a skilful and original way. `As by one consent. and there fell in with a flock of cranes. and it was handed over to the dogs. `Overawed and silent. sounded unearthly hollow snor strange cry of the hippopotamus. was entangled and brought down uninjured. bruised millet and anything I thought the monkeys wo uld eat. One trial of the pemmican was sufficient. snarling and shrieking filled the woods beneath us. The summer nigh t closed around us in all its solemn stillness. knowing its value wh en properly prepared. the rest fled. that at last we fired a few shots right and left am ong them. but saw no more of it. but seeing a bottle of the poisonous gum of the euphorbia in the tool chest. cassava bread and fruit. `I mixed poison with milk. The evening was calm and lovely. F ritz. high en ough to be out of reach of our own animals. we found it in possession of troops of monkeys. Snorting. every beast of the forest seemed to arise from its den. and utter its wild nocturnal cry. I felt quite at a loss how to guard the farm for the future. and put it in cocoanut shells. several bit the dust. so that it often happened that the bird aimed at. I devised a plan for the destruction of the apes wh ich succeeded beyond my expectations. Far away beyond the rocky fastnesses of tings and neighings. After collecting a supply of rice and cotton. above made our hearts quail with the convict elephants. which I hung about in the trees. `and. but only to discover the havoc the wretches had made there. Meanwhile the other two boys returned to the farm by the rice-fields. but ere long the most fearful cries in the adjoining wo ods gave notice that the apes were beginning to suffer from the poisoned repast prepared for them. `when we entered the pine wood.' said Fritz. and we had hard work to make the place fit for huma n habitation. answered by Fangs in the y yelping of his friends Floss and Bruno the Gap. `Would you believe it. determined again to attempt the manufacture. reminding one of the these. who was backed up by the barking and . and our deepest feelings were to uched. . pelting us as hard as the y could with pine cones. when suddenly the spell was broken by an outburst of the most hideous and discordant noises. `From the hills echoed the mournful howl ard. for they howled and chattered at us like demons. hoping to forget in sleep the terrors of the midnight forest. we retired to rest. however. the sea murmured in the distance. who resolved to make our passage through it as disagreeable as poss ible. and plenty of baked potatoes and milk. they took their way to Prospect H ill. five or six of which they caught alive. wi th loops of cord dipped in birdlime attached to them.

late as it was. The cane-brake had. and looked on the awful spectacle presented by the multitude of dead monkeys and baboons thic kly strewn under the trees round the farm. which were all either devoured or trampled down and destroyed . and heard de tails of their numerous adventures. making light of trodden fields and trampled sugar-canes.' The same evening that the boys reached the rocky pass. and we made all haste t o clear away the dead bodies and the dangerous food. by greatly increasing the strength of our ramparts. My wife and Ernest arrived next day. That grea t animal alone could have left such traces and committed such fearful ravages. carrying the rest to the shore. but concluded that. without doubt. A systematic scheme of defence was now elabourated. Early on the following morning I inspected the footprints and ravages of the great un known.' I lost not an instant. as it was to be a firm and durable buil ding. but back to it in evidently equal numbers. and the erection of the bar ricade occupied us for at least a month. a messenger-pigeon arriv ed at Rockburg. during the night of my arriva l. since her sons were sound in l ife and limb. and she rejoiced to find all well. burying some deep in the ea rth. in order to ride to t he assistance of our boys. after this freebooting incursion. It seemed to me that not one elephant. the y had withdrawn to their native wilds. where the hut is knocked to pieces. suppose that the mighty animals remained hidden in the w oods of our territory. but. I adopted Fri . and. that everyone was more disposed to act sentinel than retire to sleep. Everything laid waste as far as the s ugar-brake. but the worst mischief was done among the young sugar-cane plants. As our little tent was unsuited to a long residence of this sort. I chatted with my boys. where we planned to build a cool summer-house. Come to us. we hoped henceforth to oblige them to remain. father--we are safe. but saddled Swift. and the fields trampled over by huge footmarks. and my arrival at the Gap surprised and delighted the boys who did not expect me till next day. I can only say I wished I had not found the poison. and for m e to hear. sitting by an enormous watch-fire. were stripped of leaves and branches to a great height. desiring Ernest to prepare the small cart. the trees in the v icinity. We did not. we pitched them over the rocks into th e sea. when. therefore. bearing a note which concluded in the following words: `The barricade at the Gap is broken down. where. but feel we are no match for th is unknown danger. been visited by an elephant. proof against all invasion. and follow me with his mother at daybreak. when we rose. It was late. That day we travelled on to the Gap. we had not a wink of sleep until the morning. In what manner to effect this we laid many plans. I shall not tell you how many there w ere. so interesting for them to relate. and the footprints of various sizes. The tracks were very numerous. I saw that they could be traced not only from the Gap. to m y satisfaction.`As our dogs could not remain silent amid the uproar and din. therefore. Thick posts in the barricade were snapped across like reeds. bringing everything we should require for campi ng out for some days. The bright moonlight favoured my journey. but a troop must have invaded our ground s.

at all events. and a bundle of reeds to float behind him as a raft to carry the fruit. already fancying herself in enjoyment of chocolate for breakfast. forthwith carried it out. and I could just hear him exclaim: `Hullo! I say. and almost uneatable. we laid a flooring of beams and bamboo. Fritz brought one day. is not generally liked by Europeans. and. what monsters they are! It's enough to make a fellow's flesh cre ep to look at them!' . and probably t his variety was even inferior to many others. the frame of the roof was covered so e ffectually by large pieces of bark that no rain could penetrate. and unde rneath. which. coming swiftly down stream. branches and fru it. and anything else he might wish to bring back. and the cacao-fr uit. The banana. The flooring projected like a balcony in front of the entrance door. on which to place a platform. He took the cajack. at about twenty feet from the ground. grew exactly in a square. we chose four tre es of equal size. Between these. but they kept the contents a secret for the present. `for we may acquire a taste for that cele brated fruit. in a very suitable place. to his great delight. Instead of planting four posts. when Fritz handed to Jack a dripping wet bag which he had brought along part ly under water. A curious pattering noise proceeded from this bag. and a most convenient. from which chocolat e is made. From thi s rose. the ion wife. see or cuttings to propagate in her nursery garden. on all four sides.' said she. a cluster of bananas. Fritz went again to the inland region be yond the river to obtain a large supply of young banana-plants. The cacao seeds tasted exceedingly bitter. I am sure I can make it into an excellent pres erve. begged for plants. and it seemed wonderful that by prep aration they should produce anything so delicious as chocolate. twe lve or fourteen feet apart. and even the black swans and cranes soon became tame and sociable. Jack running with it behind a bush befor e peeping in. was the result of our ingenuity. My ds. I was pleased to find that the various birds taken by the boys during this excu rsion seemed likely to thrive. although valuable and nourishing food for the natives of the tropic al countries where it grows. In the evening he made his appearance. with arms full of plants. on the ground. smoothly and strongly planked. Ernest and Fr itz were quickly running up the bank. and also of cacao-beans. Constantly roaming through the's idea of a Kamschatkan dwelling and. The staircase t o this tree-cottage was simply a broad plank with bars nailed across it for step s. overhung and adorned by t he graceful foliage of the trees. they were the first inmates of the new sheds. for we found the fruit much like r otten pears. His brothers rushed to meet him. cool and picturesque cottage. plants. the children often made new discoveries. we fitted up sheds for cattle and fowls.' The day before our return to Rockburg. `Let me have bananas also. Various ornaments in Chinese or Japanese style were added to the roof and eaves . each eager to see and help to land his cargo. walls of cane. and I promised to make a cacao plantat near home. who now fancied no manufacture beyond my skill. after an excursion to the opposite side of the stream be yond the Gap.

Professor!' exclaimed Fritz gaily. and put it away safely out of sight in wa ter. a nd as it was gentle. brigh t red. where th e cries of vast numbers of birds. and I set my heart on catching one alive. Securing the cajack. with a hoarse terrifi c snort. and shot down the stream like an arrow. `Your words suggest to my mind the manner and appearance of elephants. guinea-fowls and hundreds u nknown to him.' This narrative was of thrilling interest to us. which. I felt safe from wild animals. up ros e the hideous head and gaping jaws of a hippopotamus. proving the existence of tribes of the most formidable animals beyond the rocky barrier which defended. quite bewildered him and made him feel giddy. we gladly received it among our domestic pets. an d more than once saw splendid jaguars crouched on the banks. I managed by means of a wire snare. as they see med to have little fear of my approach. `Right you are. parrots. "Right about fac e!" said I to myself. the small and fertile territory on which our lot was cast. This lovely bird I concluded to be the Sultan cock described by Buffon. peacocks. `I can tell you I did not wait to see the rest of him! A glimpse of his enormou s mouth and its array of white gleaming tusks was quite enough. `From fifteen to twenty elephants were feeding peacefully on the leafy boughs. tearing down branches with their trunks and shoving them into their mouths with one jerk. and for an instant I thought a hot spring was going to burst forth--instead of that. For just before me. where I once more felt safe. During the absence of the adventurer we had been busily engaged in making prepa rations for our departure--and everything was packed up and ready by the morning after his return. `that I saw the splendid birds you call Sultan cocks. the words producing quite a sensation on the whole attentive family. `Black bears. `While considering if it would be simply foolhardy to try a shot at one of thes e creatures. between fertile plains and majestic forests of lofty trees. or bathing in the deep waters of the marsh for refreshment in the great heat. as he exhibited a beautiful water-fowl. there arose a violent boiling. Fritz sprang towards us. having made his way far up the river. cha nging on the back to dark green. which was to return by sea i . You cannot imagine the wild gran deur of the scene! The river being very broad. made a rapid retreat down the r iver. his handsome face radiant with pl easure. `It was in the Buffalo Swamp. and joyfully made my way back to you all. Guess what they were!' `Savages?' asked Franz timidly. in the calm deep water of a sheltered bay where I was quietly floating. After some hesitation I yielded to his great wish. Fart her on I saw a grove of mimosa trees. I bet!' cried Jack. and urging my canoe into the centre current. Fritz gave a stirring account of his exploring trip. seemed about to attack me. in so p rovidential a manner. feet and a mark above the bill. their glossy skin g lancing in the sunlight. who.' continued he. among which huge dark masses were moving i n a deliberate way. the legs.' said Er nest. never pausing till a bend in the river brought me within sight of the Gap. I was suddenly convinced that discretion is the better part of valo ur. Its plumage was rich purple. bubbling commotion.With that he hastily shut up the bag.

grew in the clefts and crevices of the rocks. `Jack knows what he is about. the splendid Sultan cock. and is rushing off alone to face he knows not what!' `Perhaps. He was much interested in examining the outlines of the coast. Jack. where apparently he had gone to deposit his `moist secret'. and the rugged p recipices of the Cape. Our land journey was effected without accident or adventure of any kind. some of them diffusing a strong aromat ic odour. the graceful demoiselle cranes. the heron. here he comes!' Lugging his `moist secret' along with him. came u p to us. and our latest acquisition. soon became perfectly at home in the swamp. hitherto unknown to us.' said Fritz. and never more so t han at meal-times. They were unfailing in their attendance when we dined or supp ed in the open air. He let fall the drawbridge. `Come back. not unlike the angry bellowing of a bull. Yes. exclaiming: `They were to grow as big as rabbits before you saw them! Such a shame! I never thought they would kick up a row like that. looking at Fritz. while many varieties of shrubs and plants. and my first business was to provide for the great number of birds we now had on our hands. Some were. taken to the islands. the ostrich. The old bustards were the tamest of all our feathered pets. who. carried the mysterious wet bag ve ry carefully slung at his side. and I fancy he will have to exhib it his treasures before they reach perfection. as he stood leaning against one of the verandah pillars.' `You need not be uneasy. Among the specimens he brought I recognized the caper plant and. an extraordinary hollow roaring noise sounded from the swam p. It may be only the booming of a bittern which we hear. I felt sure. he appeared leisurely returning from the swamp. therefore. and this is "Beauty". a shrub which was. watching Jack. Towards evening. on reaching Rockbu rg.' Two immense frogs rolled clumsily on the ground. and we saw no more of him until. . swelling and buffing with a ludicrous air of insulted dignity. the tea-plant of China-it bore very pretty white flowers and the leaves resembled myrtle. flushed and breathless. Now for it!'--and he turned out the bag. but remarked a look of quiet humour in Fritz's eye. started off towards the marsh. and the black swans. as we sat in the verandah listening to Fritz's account of his trip round the Cape. mother. greatly adding to the interest of the neighbourhood of Safety Bay . Jack.' said I. mounted as usual on Hurry. with still greater pleasure. `The child has not so much as a p istol. `This is "Grace". in some confusion. you silly boy!' cried his mother. We were all glad to take up our quarters once more in our large and convenient dwelling. by establishing them in suitable localities. onl y this charming serenade took him by surprise. as Franz called it. and when near home started off at a prodigious r ate in advance of us. sat squat before us.n his cajack round Cape Disappointment and so meet us at Rockburg. These were tenanted by vast flocks of sea-fowl and birds of prey. The dogs barked and the family rose in excitement. `this is not a case requiring the use of f irearms. it being impo ssible to maintain them all in the poultry-yard. and recovering their feet.

for the welfare and happiness of my belove d family during so long a period. After this was done. and commented on with much interest.while peals of laughter greeted them on all sides. while a red flag would be shown on the least appearance of danger. and a flagstaff erected. Chapter 16 `We spend our years as a tale that is told. this piece of military engineering was completed. I was compelled to consent to a plan long cherished by Fri tz. and we made a great improveme nt by completing the broad terrace supported on the arching roots of the trees-it was better floored--and rustic pillars and trellis-work sustained a bark roof which afforded pleasant shade.' said Jack. This I most willingly undertook. which shone with a metallic lustre. was dispelled by thoughts full of gratitude to God. and we removed thither. By general consent they were remanded to the swamp. begging me to devote some time to its rest oration and embellishment. Shortly after our return to Rockburg. I must beg for your kind and indulgen t patronage and--leave to take them back to the swamp. At Falconhurst things were quickly in good order. the underpart yellow. the sides green and black. Year followed year. both mental and bodily. And my great wish is that young people who read this record of our lives and ad . these are two very handsome young specimens of the famou s African bull-frog. After great exertion.' said King David. and I hoped to maintain them in seclusion. The skin of the body was puc kered into longitudinal folds. `Grace' and `Beauty' were examined. of which the story lay chroni cled in the pages of my journal. `Ladies and gentlemen. mottled and spotted with reddish-brown . steadily. who wished to construct a watch-tower and mount a gun on Shark Island. mottled with oran ge. on which the guard at this outpost could run up a white flag to signal the approach of anything harmless from the sea.' Great clapping of hands followed Jack's speech. covered with gol den white dots. which occupied us during two mo nths. imperceptibly. as soon as the boys ha d completed the arrangement of the artificial salt-lick to their satisfaction. These words recur red to me again and again as I reviewed ten years. and vo ted decidedly handsome `in their way'. To celebrate the completion of this great work. The shade of sadness cast on my mind by retrospect of this kind. pretending to be offended at the mingled disgus t and amusement occasioned by their appearance. The eyes were positively beautiful. `they are but half-grown. we hoisted the white flag and fired a salute of six guns. I had cause especially to rejoice in seeing ou r sons advance to manhood strengthened by early training for lives of usefulness and activity wherever their lot might fall. until they reached full size. Their general colour was greenish-brown. when I would have introduced them with proper eclat. But since their talent for music has bro ught them precociously into public notice. and yellow. my wife drew my attention to the somewhat neglected state of our dear old summer residence at Falconhurst. chapter succeeded chapter. time wa s passing away. of a rich chestnut hue.

with an endless record of discoveries. more fit for the pages of an encyclopaedia. they als . with grave and dignified pace . Every variety of beautiful pigeon nested in the rocks and dove-cots. none are happier or more beloved than those who go forth from such homes to fulfil new duties. than a book of family history. Shark Island. for higher up the river where . cleared and drained. as though monarch of all he surveyed. prickly pears and all manner of thorn-bearing shru bs. as well as s oft and useful fur. now formed a complete barrier. planted by us. the battery and flagstaff prominently visible on its creste d rock. and. both native and Euro pean. perfectly knowing their very appropriate nam es. it is needless for me to continue what would exhaust the patience of the most long-suffering. as the antelopes did not thrive on Whale Isle. was now a considerable lake. would waddle out of the marsh at his call. crimson flamingos. In the distance. The rabbit-warren on Shark Island kept us well supplied with food. Having given a detailed account of several years' residence in New Switzerland. and crested heron. to eat a grasshopper or dainty fl y. and through the aromatic shrubberies. it was fordable. all associating in harmony. industrious and pious life of a cheerful and united family. old Hurry. their soft cooing and glossy plumage making them fa vourite household pets. The fountains. The swamp. while out and in among the water-plants and rushes would appear at i ntervals glimpses of the brilliant Sultan. while shrubs and trees. soft b lue-grey demoiselle cranes. I may mention some interestin g facts illustrative of our exact position at the time these took place. Flowering creepers overhung the balconies and pillars. and. to the formation of strong. near the cascade. grew luxuriantly in groves of our planting. pur e and manly character. with just marsh an d reeds enough beyond it to form good cover for the waterfowl whose favourite re treat it was. delighted Jack by actually attaining in time to the size of small rabbits. by repeating monotonous narrati ves of exploring parties and hunting expeditions. wearisome descriptions of awkw ard inventions and clumsy machines. their as we liked to call our dominion. The giant frogs. Yet before winding up with the concluding events. Grace and Beauty. should learn from it how admirably suited is the peaceful. By the bridge alone could Rockburg be approached. trellised verandahs and plantations round Rockburg. a dense and impenetrable thicket of orange and lemon trees. marsh-fowl. and w ith no fear of us. None take a better place in the great national family. Rockburg and Falconhurst continued to be our winter and summer headquarters. completely c hanged the character of the residence which on account of the heat and want of v egetation had in former days been so distasteful to my wife. an d improvements were added which made them more and more convenient as well as at tractive in appearance. was usually to be seen marching about. and to ga ther fresh interests around them. now clothed with graceful palms. On its blue waters sailed stately black swans. Indian figs. Beneath the spreading trees. guarded the ent rance to Safety Bay. snow-white geese and richly colo ured ducks. t he ostrich.

and reproof always died away on my lips. tanning. God-fearing young men. that he received the name of Stentor. and that he must be out at sea. and a bull with such a tremendous voice . and loading the gun. The farm at Woodlands flourished. I went off to Shark Island with Ern est and Jack. a lively youth of seventeen. two years younger. and not until evening did we remark that his cajack was gone. at twenty. Jack. asserting that no word could be distinguished at a dis tance without `o' in it. it continued to be my st rong impression that we should one day be restored to the society of our fellow men. active. Excellent health had been enjoyed by us all during these ten years. sometimes oppressed my heart. All were honourable. wool-cleaning and any other needful but offensive operations. called Blanche. gloomy thoughts relating to their future. dutiful and affectionate to their m other and myself. his early faults of indolence and selfishness were almost entirely ove rcome. Franz. calm and studious. mild. laid my trouble before Him. He possessed refined tastes and great intellectual power. and remarkable rather for active grace and agility than for muscu lar strength. strongly resembled Fritz. in order to look out for him from the watch-tower there. and our flocks and herds supplied us with mut ton. My elder sons often made expeditions of which we knew nothing until their retur n after many hours. giving illustrations of his theory till our ears were a lmost deafened. and anxious. was tall and slight.o were placed among the shady groves with the rabbits. Although so many years had elapsed in total seclusion. and their own island devo ted to such work as candle-making. My boys retained their old love for giving names to the animals. and Jack had a descendant of his old favourite Fangs. though more lightly built. with never-failing renewal of strength and hope. uncommonly strong. he possessed wit and shrewdness. but turning in prayer to the Almighty Father. was also carrying their paren ts onwards to old age. Anxious to see him return before nightfall. Long we gazed across the expanse of ocean glittering in the level beams of the . now twenty-four. But time. Ernest. whi ch he chose to call Coco. sh ould they be left indeed alone. while my wife's dairy was almost more than she could manage. They were all fine handsome fellows: Fritz. being about his height. Two fleet young onagers were named Arrow and Dart. and warmly attached to each other. beef and veal. was of moderate he ight. in disposition. On such occasions I would not communicate the sense of depression to my family. and the boys sometimes m et with little accidents. had some of the qualities of each of his br others. Fritz had been absent one whole day from Rockburg. the jackal. which was bringing our sons to manhood. at the sa me time hoisting our signal flag. but not the arch drollery of Jack. though my w ife occasionally suffered from slight attacks of fever. They had a bea utiful creamy-white cow. when any uneasiness I might have felt was dissipated by thei r joyous appearance. muscular and high-spirited.

harpoon. un disturbed by a ripple. `Welcome. was proved to be the returning wanderer. and I must apologize f or it. or fungi. I actually saw many such things strewn on the flat rocky bottom. You seem to have quite a cargo there!' `Yes. `Pursuing my way. I passed among rugged cliffs and rocks which jutted out from the shore. besides being heavily laden. my eagle. beneath the wav es. some plunging into the water. The cajack towed a large sack. I also resolved to take with me Pounce. seals. what had delayed his progress. Right opposite to me. and neared a high and precipitous cape. was a magnificent archway. They were rudel y built. sea-bears an d walruses. hoisting their unwieldy bodies up the rocks by means of their tusks. and all that was indestructible about our good old wreck. `I must confess to feeling anything but comfortable while going through the pla ces held in possession by these monsters of the deep. I detached a number. and found that they h ad a curious appearance. a lofty entrance to an immense vaulted cavern. I remarked that his skiff sailed at a slower rate than usual towards the shore. and this I always will do in future. scarcely larger than a wren. ironwork. Myriads of sea-fowl inhabite d the most inaccessible of these. the gentle breeze. `Inter esting discoveries which will tempt us again in the same direction.' As soon as possible all assembled round him. boat-hoo k and fishing-net. Yet it was more than an hour and a half before I got clear of the rocks. corals. Come.' answered he. `It was tenanted by numbers of a small species of swallow. father. lie the guns. and more like a set of sponges. let's carry up the things. and while I rest I will relate my adventures. as he drew near. I passed beneath this noble p ortal and examined the interior. and my trip has led to discoveries as well as booty. arranging conveniently rifle. `In order to be ready to start without delay when a convenient opportunity offe red. in the side of this rocky wall. and finally discerned a small black speck in the distance which. the current quickly bore me out to sea. The cannon was fired to let him know that his approach was observed. seemingly made of something fibrous and gelatinous. fixing the c ompass in front of my seat. running far out to sea. were to be seen. and the walls were covered by thousands of their nests. axe. or rose in rugged masses from the water. and I rounded the point to the left. `This morning dawned magnificently. by the telescope. Fritz!' I cried.' he began. the calm sea. cannon balls. It was easy to see. `I think my absence without leave deserves reproach instead of this warm reception. boys. and shoals to which they resorted. `Wel come back. and then w e joyfully hurried back to receive him at the harbour. `but ever since I possessed the cajack it has been my ambition to make a voyage of discovery along the coast. all drew m e irresistibly to the fulfilment of my purpose. such as provisioning my skiff. and their peculiarity was that each rested on a kind of platform. somet hing like a spoon without the handle. forming as it first appeared to me. passing just over the spot where. which we have never explored bey ond the point at which I killed the walrus. And would you believe it? Through the glassy clear water. and used every effort to p ass quickly and unnoticed. while on the lower ridges. wherever you come from and whatever you bring. than nests of birds. I have broug . `I left the harbour unperceived. some basking lazily in the sun. or emerging awkwardly from it. cliffs.setting sun. I made preparations beforehand.

the annual weight obtained being upwards of fifty thousa nd pounds. I flung them on the sand.' `After laying in my store of nests. The nests are of different value. `When placed in water and well soaked. The bl ade met with resistance here and there in the creature's body. `your discovery would be of value. like peas. `whether the birds discover or produce this curious substance. extended in a fertile plain towards what seemed the mo uth of a river. so calm and lake-like. thinking that after all they were probably much less delicate than the small oysters we have learnt to like so much. than our little friends in Safety Bay. so I began to examine them. just for curiosity's sake. when a thing is to be "examined". `There are tremendous caverns in Java and other places where.' I replied. and landing soon after on the beach. although of considerable size. The bird is called the es culent swallow. presently turning. mother. let us taste birds' nests as soon as you can. th ese nests are procured. `"If these are oysters. gazing into its depths and sha llows. and. beyond which lay rough and probably marshy ground. and then tow them after me in the fishing-net. "they must be better worth eating. and the trade in this strange article of diet is a very large on e.' said Fritz. and nearly w hite. and the value more than £200.' said I. though boiling birds' nests is cookery quite out of my line. `The hot sun disagreed with their constitution. and are made into soup of very strengthening and restorative quality. `I pursued my way through this vaulted cave or corridor. these are doubtless edible birds' nests. like large oysters.' said she." and thereupon I hooked up s everal clusters with my boat-hook. which closed the view. But whatever may be its basis. that. I concluded at once it must be nearly land-locked. for when I came back the shells were all gaping wide open. they soften and swell.' `Oh do. as far a s size goes. `Somehow. Its them home in my fishing net. I suppose. `The water beneath me was clear as crystal. are held in such esteem that they are worth their weight in silver. of different siz es. attached to the rocks and to each other by tufts of hairy filaments.' `If we had commercial dealings with the Chinese. resolving to fetch another load. it is clear t hat a very large portion of it is furnished by certain glands. which pour out a viscid secretion. beyond the rocky boundary th rough which I penetrated. and still closer "examination" produced from it several pearly balls. `but I don't mind trying if they will turn to jelly. `From whence are the swall ows supposed to get this kind of gelatine?' `It has never been exactly ascertained." thought I. one generally needs a knife.' continued Fritz. and a dense f orest of cedars. opened into a very lon ely bay.000. `I think you might try your hand on these. `It is really a most curious formation. but those which are quite new.' `I can't say I fancy the look of the queer things. at great risk. though the idea m akes me fancy my mouth full of feathers!' laughed Jack. mother.' . Do you think they can be pearls? I have a number here in a box. I perceived beds of shellfish. which.

from which. It gradually revived. `The tide was setting strongly in shore. lies completely sheltered. my progress somewhat impeded by the bag of she llfish. in these words: `There was something very extraordinary about that albatross. that he fell stunned into t he water. till. and heard the welcome salute you fired. and then applied myself to the complete restoration of the bird. `"Is this reality. but in reality I raised it to the dec k of the canoe. `I now once more attempted to cross the reef by the narrow channel. show them to us. . I stood up. I saw nothing remarkable. saw English words written on it. but examined the crags of the headland.' pursued Fritz. a nd after drinking a little.' Here ended the narrative. so that I could not then attempt a pas sage through it. Fritz!' cried the boys. when. on which I traced the words. for they regul arly beset me. which was there enclosed by a point corresponding to that through which I had entered. and then perceived a piece of rag wound round one of its legs. and then rapidly disappearing from my view in a weste rly direction. "Can it be true. therefore. w hich I plainly made out to be "Save an unfortunate Englishwoman from the smoking rock!" `This little sentence sent a thrill through every nerve: my brain seemed to whi rl. certainly. and happily succeeding. or delusion?" thought I. and between these headlands I found a line of reefs and sand-banks. should we ever again come into contact with the civilized world. joyfully saw our flag flying.`Oh. falteri ng a moment in its flight. I tore a strip from my handkerchief. quickly deciding what must be done. and. indeed!' I exclaimed. as I named it. one blow struck an albatross with such force. and hit furiously about me with the boat-hook. out of all patience. thinking I might percha nce discover a second vaulted archway. that a fellow crea ture breathes with us the air of this lonely region?" `I felt stupefied for some minutes: the bird began to show signs of life. however. "Do not despair! Help is near !" `This I carefully bound round one leg. father. T his I removed. `Why these are most beauti ful pearls! Valueless. which recalled me to myself. I allowed you to suppose that I left it as it fell. ` I resumed my survey of the coast. and speeding homewards.' `After resting for some time and refreshing myself with food. I doubted the evidence of my senses. We must visit your pearl-oyster beds at the earliest opportunity. screaming and wheeling over my head. which I drew after me. from the gull and sea-swallow to the mighty albatross. but th ousands of sea-fowl of every sort and kind. Pearl Bay. but next morning Fritz drew me aside. with but a single channel leading out to the open sea. and. `My approach was evidently regarded as an invasion and trespass. rather to my sur prise. surprised me by suddenly rising on the wing. under present circumstances. found myself in the open sea. and confided to me a most remarkable sequel. `What pretty shining things! And how delicately rounded! And how softly they gleam!' `You have discovered treasure. replacing the rag on the other. to my utter astonishment. but I proceeded without accident past the mouth o f the stream to the further side of the bay. but they may prov e a source of wealth.

and saw the boys busily ope ning the oysters. did not think the rag so very old. It was to form. my boy!' It took some time to make several raking or scraping machines. that I am cer tain he will never needlessly cause us anxiety. henceforth leave him at liberty to ac t in all respects according to his own judgement. `My dear son. for it appears to me quite possible that these words were penned lo ng ago on some distant shore. I was in reality as anxious as himself on th e subject. They occupied themselves in making various articles they expected to be of use. I shall. b ut that gave Fritz leisure to change the fittings of his canoe. By the "smoking rock" must be meant a volcano. and his mother ratified my words . the unhappy stranger may have perished miserably. father?' shouted they. `you have done wisely in confiding to me alone your most exciting discovery.' said I. we decided that Fritz should go in s earch of the writer of the message. one thought occupies me continually: will my note ever reach this Englishwoman? Shall I be able to find.' An excursion to Pearl Bay was now the event to which all thoughts turned. unsuspecte d by the rest. There are no ne here. so as to have a spare seat in it. we must not unsettle the others by spe aking of it. and evidently cherished the hope that he might be able to respond e ffectually to this touching appeal. and to save her?' I listened to this acc ount with feelings of the liveliest interest and astonishment. he must not be hampered by the fear of alarming us sho uld he choose to remain absent longer than we expect. `May we not establish a pearl-fishery at once. but not until he had so altered the canoe as to fit it for carrying two persons. especially in the matter of voyages or excursions.`Now. and great ly excited as ever and anon a pearl was found. to remark in a serious t one: `I have been considering. and at the same time in his affection for us. embracing him affectionately. `We might build a hut on the shore of the bay and set about it regularly. therefore. dear wife. one day. as it were. Unless we know more. Impatient as he was. but judged it prudent to abate rather than excite hopes of success wh ich might be doomed to bitter disappointment. `God bless and preserv e thee. which I invented for the purpose of detaching and lifting the oysters from their native rocks. His brothers naturally concluded he meant to take one of them as shipmate on bo ard. th e basis of the more important voyage Fritz had in view. by this time. that our eldest son is now of an age to be dependent on himself. . he could not but see the wisdom of this delay. where. he could devote all his attention. We returned to the house. father. with emotion. I took an opportunity.' Fritz was not disposed to look at the case from this gloomy point of view. and saying. and. I have such entire confide nce in his prudence. After earnest consultation on the subject. which they had had no time to do the previous night. and he allowed the mistake to continue. as well as provisions sufficient to admit o f his absence for a considerable time. and to which.' Fritz looked gratefully towards me as I spoke. and f or which preparations on a grand scale were made. and bore the delay with tolerable patience. when all were present. believed smoke might rise from a rock which was n ot volcanic.

transepts.At last came the day. A perfect cloud of little swallows darted from the cavernous entrance on our ap proach. s hady groves. but my pilots made no change in our course. screens and side -chapels appearing between the columns and arches which in the `dim religious li ght' were revealed to our wondering eyes. and the canoe accordingly gave chase. Further on we rounded a short promontory. The best were at a considerable height. seeking a convenient la nding-place in the vicinity of the shallows where lay the oyster-beds. we soon came in sight of the majestic archway which offered us a short passage to Pearl Bay. . struck me with admiration. whi ch were handed to us in the yacht to be carefully preserved for the museum. and the romantic islets which studded its w aters seemed to give the effect of a pleasant smile to features already perfect. arches and pinnacles. and inducing me to propose for it the n ame Cape Minster. the jackal. rese mbling parts of a fine gothic cathedral. where the sea glanced like a mirro r. we returned on board the yacht for the night. sheltered by jutting cliffs. We cruised about for some time. close to a sparkling streamlet. bore us onwa rd along the nave of this natural cathedral. This I supposed we should have to weather. and for the first time we observed the fairy-like shells of the paper-nautilu s sailing lightly over the dazzling surface. Our progress was much assisted by the tide. The wonderfully architectural appearance of the pillars. footing for such daring and active climber s as Fritz and Jack. when. and. proudly occupying the n ew seat beside Fritz in the canoe. a ppeared the grand cliffs of a headland running far out to sea. On emerging into the dazzling sunshine. after which we partook of a hasty supper. We passed safely through the rocks and shoals near Walrus Island into an expans e of calm water. we made speedy arrangements for burning a watch-fire. but the broken and she lving rocks afforded. to which we gave the name of Cape Pug-Nose. surveying the coast with its fertile meadows. flew right and left. and they quickly obtained as many as we could possibly requ ire. and. gently swelling hills and murmuring brooks. while Jack. flat. as the day was fast declini ng. taking care to leave those containi ng eggs or young. aisles. at some distance. in some places. and then. soared. Fritz had not overrated its beauty. presently securing half a dozen. like a current. This we found. We detached a number of these as we passed. we found ourselves floating in the calm expanse of Pearl Bay. anchoring within gunshot of th e land. but it was some minutes before we could look around on th e bright and lovely scene. shared with him the honour of leading the way in the character of pilots. divided into flocks. wheeled. It was impossible to see these lovely seafarers without wishing to obtain speci mens. to the sides of the long dark tunnel. we went on board the yacht. taking leave of my wife and Franz. which. which were festooned with their nests. with an abrupt rock at the extr emity. to sleep on sho re. and the place was ever after called Nautilus Creek. following the canoe. accompanied by some of the dogs. with Coco. surrounding and surmounting this noble entrance. and leaving the dogs. and finally r eturned in a body as swiftly as they came.

and the boar turned . moaning and groaning. I collected a quantity of seaweed to spread over them. to accompany us in the rambl e. Fritz moored the cajack alongside. `Who or what has been pummelling th e boy?' I exclaimed. At the first alarm. and then a sho ut of victory. `Now. an d Fritz. they ate hastily with their fingers. and poor Jack. long since gathered to his fathers). is quite a mystery to me. when we returned to secure our harvest of pearls. and a great boar broke through the bushes.' replied he. * lit. gave him a cooling drink. and after breakfasting a la fourchette*. I knew not what wild beasts might frequent it. when we sud denly heard a shot. who had just called Pounce from his perch. `enlighten me on the subject of this adventure! What you and the boar did. we repaired in h aste with nets. Ernest. a loud cry of pain or fear. supported on each side by his brothers. The night passed in peace . hobbling along like a cripple. intending to make a longer excursion into the woods. as if to search for broken bones. Floss gave chase directly. makin g for the outskirts of the wood. and seizing his rifle darted off in the same direction. When they came near me they stopped. although for a time we were disturbed by the yelping of jackals. and came on board. for he occupied at night a cosy berth on deck. yet I wa s glad to have with us our lively little ape. after which appeared through the stems of the trees the disconsol ate figure of Jack. The last day of our fishery we started e arlier." In other words.' `Floss and I were going quietly along. from a French saying that translates "the fork of Father Adam. more shots were heard. `One would think he had been beaten. crying out: `I'm pounded like a half-crushed pepper-corn!' On examination I found some severe bruises. We awoke at daybreak.The coast being quite strange to us. where I left him and returned to the s hore.' said I. Knips. with whom Coc o persisted in keeping up a noisy conversation. `when suddenly there was a rustling and snorting close by.' said Ernest. though I did not fear that any would approach us by swimming. which was afterwards burnt to make alkali. in the manner of a fork. Jack and Coco strolling after them. scrapers and all other requisites. Every evening we went out shooting in the neighbourhood. and then another shot. bathed his bruises. let him fly.' We took Jack down to the yacht. but. Mercury (the successor of our old favourite. monstrous tusks and a snout as broad as my hand. and was certain to give vociferous notice should anything alarming occur. `with fierce eyes. Ernest set off first with Floss. and left to decay. began to feel himself all over.' `It was a huge wild boar. a nd he soon fell fast asleep in his berth. Fritz and I were still employed in taking on board the last load of our tools. and kept ourselves sup plied with game of one sort or another. to the oyster-beds. Before I could reach the scene of action. the other two dogs rushed away from us towards the spot. where we worked with such diligence and success that in the course of two days we had an immense pile of shells built up like a stack on the beach.

Pounce rushed through the air and darted upon the beast. proved to be much larger and more formidable in appea rance than I had imagined. wh ich I had not before seen. The monstrous head travelled in the same way. they rushed back to the scene of operations in the wood. who perceives their musky odour in a singularly acute way. `by which they might b e found without the help of the dog?' `They have nothing of the sort. made up the watch-fire. and are considered to belong to the tribe of Fungi. `They are discovered simply by scen t. `you have brought something by no means to be despised.' inquired Fritz. he was sent sprawling upon his back. just as the animal came up wit h him. and we col lected a large number of truffles before quitting the forest. Then up came Jack with Coco. As soon as the dogs were released. while I attempted to check the career of the boar by a shot. and passing a place where the boar had been grubbing.' said I. only slightly wounded it.' By this time it was late: we took supper. `They are found in different parts of Europe. We conveyed th e mighty hams to the beach. A small dog is employed to hunt for them. and this so provoked his master that he fired a hasty ill-directed shot. I fear it would have been a case of murder ind eed! As it was. Early next morning we proceeded to visit the field of battle.' `Indeed they are excellent. and if the other dogs had not then arrived. leathery things I remember in Europe: these are tender and well-flavoured. and the gallant little jackal attacked the monster in the rear.' I replied.' said he. where we slept peacefully. Are they worth anything. "Help! Murder. though I warned them that they need not expect much pleasure in eating bacon from a tough old African boar like this. The boys took it as a matter of course that we were to cut out hams and flitche s. and at once scr atches at the spot where they lie. T he brute's notice and fury at once turned upon Jack. that I brought away specimens. Fritz. In another moment. putting them to my lips. Yes. I noticed some such curious knotty roots or bay. and Jack's escape seemed to me perfectly marvellous. `You have before tasted those only which have been brought from a distance. do you think? They have a strong smell. `very different from the tough. however. . and dr awn by one of the dogs." shouted he. the poor fellow got mauled and trampled upon dreadfully. buried at a depth of ten or twelv e inches in the soil of oak or beech woods.' `Have the truffles no leaves or stalks. and Fritz came quickly up and shot it dead with a pistol. `As I was waiting for an opportunity to fire without any risk of hitting Jack.' I continued. `Jack stumbled and fell over the root of a tree. a nd all together tackled the boar. howeve r. which. `these are very fine truf fles! Taste them. ' `If I may trust my nose. and withdrew to our yacht. who prudently took to his h eels. each on a sledge of plaited boughs and twigs. comprehending that they were now free to feast on what remained the re. `While we were helping Jack along.' `Because they are fresh. and we therefore did so.' said I. The wild boar.

He then arose. waved his tail. and commenced walking up and down with slow and measured pace. rolled over. o ccasionally uttering short. and the lion seated himself almost like a cat o n his hind legs. The dogs slunk behind the fire. `Make the fire blaze. and lay motionless on the sand. I must join my brave Fritz. At times he went to drink at the brook. as well as Coco. sank on his knees. that Fritz. that I fully expected to see him spring. with ears ere ct. fortunately with us. and t he little ape. It made our bloo d curdle in our veins. when through the darkness ra ng the sharp crack of a rifle.' We mechanically obeyed his rapid orders. get on boa rd the yacht. stood stock still. Mercury (who had been tempted by the truffles to stay with them i n the woods). and have all the guns in readiness. therefore. glaring alternately at them. hoping it would not be r epeated. that I was in doubt whether to fire or retreat. `We must find out who are the performers in this concert!' exclaimed Fritz. and chattered. The lion is struck to the h eart: he will never stir again. with a bound and muttered roar. ' . while the bold youth disappeared in th e darkness. angry roars. a nd an answer peal from the distance. who had hoped to set out on his solitary expedition that day. when late in the evening we desisted from our labours. besides loading all the guns. `We are saved!' I cried. Meantime. the lion spran g to his feet. In a moment I recognized the unmistakable outlines of the form of a lion. while. tottered. always returning w ith such haste. looking hopelessly at the water. deferred it until the nex t. gazing fixedly landward. and was. Mercury was evidently excessively discomposed at finding us gone. Gradually his manner became more and more threatening.There was so much to be done in consequence of this affair. with doubtless a mixed feeling of irritation and appetite. we beheld a large powerful ani mal spring from the underwood and. the jackal. We presently saw the whole pack of our dogs. cr ouched. were preparing to retire to rest. approach the fire. and glared so furious ly. yet nearer to us. the horrid roarings approached nearer. after heaping fuel on the fire. we went on board and armed ours elves with cutlasses. which was t estified by the restless movement of his tail. he turned towards us. come galloping at full speed up to the fire. I am off to reconnoitre in the canoe. With a shudder we heard the dread voice roar again. We listened with straining ears. spr inging to his feet. as though in fear. The dogs planted themselves by the fire. quite unlike the prolonged full tones w e had heard at first. or a suppressed howl. and snatching up his rifle. he gnashed hi s teeth. and. waiting in readiness either to land again. All at o nce a deep fearful sound echoed through the neighbouring woods. and having supped. `That is Fritz!' exclaimed everyone. and at the great boar hams which h ung near. thro ugh which he could not venture. and with his body at full stretch. or to quit the coast. boys. But not long after I had expressed this opinion. though in size he far surpassed any I had ever seen exhibited in Europe. with a fearful roar. `That was a masterly shot. and occasionally uttering a barking challenge. Stay on board. and I concluded that a couple of leopards or panthers had been attracted by the scent of the boar's carcase.

whose visit. on the following day. Then rai sing her head. and we ventured to go near enough to fire with safety to ourselves. and licked his bleeding wounds. whither. drew poor Juno from between the paws of the lioness. for fear of wounding the dogs. whose dead body she presently discovere d. and uttered roarings. Old Juno. Wearied and sorrowful. Finding him motionless. staunch to the last. It was impossible to fire again. and looking towards the deep darkness of the woods whenc e the lion had come. by the renewed light. the fire burnt low.In a few moments I landed: the dogs met me with evident tokens of pleasure. smelt round him. washed and bound up the torn body. and on the wounded lioness. The lioness was much weakened. but not mortally. and at one blow the cruel claws had laid open the body of the dog. and I regretted having left them on board. when I saw how greatly the noise and tumult had alarmed them. They hastened towards us in great agitation. into the l ight diffused by the fire. when suddenly a lioness bounded from the shadow of the trees. Just then. by the brookside. After a time. Ernest and Jack were summoned from the yacht to witness the completed victory. and a vow to be revenged. and carrying it with us on board the yacht. but full of thankfulness for our personal safety. she touched him with her forepaws. fa . and destroyed the life of the true and faithful companion of s o many years. who fought desperately against the attack of the fou r gallant dogs. Fritz appeared. the fitful blaze of the fi re shed a strange. and their joy on seeing us safe wa s only equalled by the grief they felt on learning of the death of Juno. her manner betokened the greatest concern. who. roars and groans of anguish and fury uttered by all the animals were enough to try the stoutest nerves. and. passed with unc ertain step round the outskirts of the illuminated circle. suddenly gathered courage. and finally I dispatched her by p lunging a hunting-knife deep in her breast. unable as they were to ascertain what was going on. This behaviour made me cautious. and. it was our purpose to return. My shot also wounded the lioness. all in one. having brought all the dogs on board. but kept whining uneasily. we once more landed. wrapping it carefully in canvas. The night was now far advanced. At sight of the blazing faggots she paused. but we piled on more wood. that it might be buried a t Rockburg. and ran forward just as I fired. seei ng me raise my gun. and the dogs. she gnashed her teeth. I saw he r change her plan of attack. unnatural light on the prostrate body of the huge dead lion. and gave forth the most lamentable and dre adful sound I ever heard. we at length lay down to sleep. rage. was foremost in the fray. I lingered by th e boat. Crack! Another shot: the creature's right forepaw was lamed. a mingled roar and howl. Next morning. and. which were evidently calls to her mate. which was like the expression of grief. that we might pos sess ourselves of the magnificent skins of the lion and lioness. while the cries. and the most terrific combat ensued. seeing nothing of Fritz. and spring at the throat of the lioness. Black night surrounded us. in an instant. raised her left paw. before quitting Pearl Bay. The scene was f earful beyond description. as though startled.

Towards evening. When missed by his brothers. `You must pilot us through the channel in the reef. instead of only a few hours. my son!' `Yes. and if he found it interesting. remain absent for two or three days. which I afterwards named Cape Farewell. at his request. and scarcely suppressed an involuntary scream as she heard of our desperate encounter with the lion and his mate. . waving his hand to me. `and then is it to be "farewell". dear father--Au revoir!' returned he. and commended his decision. a nd he inquired most tenderly whether her remains had been brought back. and moved very stiffly. I could see. 'A Dog. as they cheerily weighed anchor. too. I said he had a fancy to explore more of the coast . t hat she could scarcely believe he was uninjured. we sailed into Safety Bay. beside him in the cajack. Fritz laughed. as he cam e. produced an e pitaph. old fellow. 'To all most dear. though somewhat startled by the unexpected absence of Fritz. made her tremble. Fritz! But I'm going to honour them with the care of my battered bones in the yacht here. Jack's danger and providential escape. not for a moment doubting that his brother expected him to return. in a lower tone. Fritz turned in the opposite direction. My wife shuddered. and so pale did he still look. he l ed the way towards the open sea. adding. when. that poor Jack had not yet recovered from the boar's rough treatment. Chapter 17 My wife and Franz. Then. while he threw into his canoe a cushion and fur cloak. brightly with a glance full of mean ing. and quickly vanished behind the point. and listened with eager interest to our adventures. this time. Fritz. that the y might be interred near the house which had been her home for so many years.' remarked Ja ck.' said I. Tears came into Franz's eyes when he heard of the sad death of poor old Juno. and Ernest. though he did not complain.tal to themselves. had caused such a commotion during the night. We followed carefully and soon passed the reef. You are awfully considerate though. `Homeward bound. In about a couple of hours we returned to the yacht. after which the boys were very busy with the sails. Next day he saw her buried carefully. `Thanks. he might.' sang out the boys. leaving the flayed carcass es to the tender mercies of the birds of prey sure to be attracted to them. and prepa red to stand out to sea. 'JUNO 'A servant true lies here: 'A faithful friend. putting the vessel on the homeward course. springing into his skiff. were delighted to see us return safely. which was inscribed upon a slab of stone above her grave.

we carried to the tannery on Whale Island. `to starboard. a shout from Jack surprised me. but a catastrophe seemed inevitable. and even to sink great ships. The entrance of th e archway was in sight. Our beautiful little yacht bounded over the water gaily. and at length determined to follow him. therefore. `A sunken rock. All were delighted at the proposal. where but a moment before I had distinctly seen its great green shadow. and dyeing the waves around him with blood. apparently. The boat was stored. Presently we again sighted him in shallow water. for. and all was over! The danger was passed! I glanced astern. the cachalot whale. and thither I was directing the boat's course. together with the lions' skins. I could not conceal my anxie ty. where they wer e cleaned and dressed. lashing fearfully wi th his tail. I recognized. when she heard that we were to sail in the pinnace. plunged beneath its surf ace.' he exclaimed. we five . who re ceived them with delight. agreed to accompany us. how he has b een known to destroy boat after boat. f rom its enormous size and great length of head. which. but the rock was gone. and a great black body emerged from the se a. We surged ahead! A slight shock. `There is another. Jack leaped to the other. The mystery was explai ned. rose upwards. `The rock is moving!' shouted Franz. but Fritz still remained absent. reloading. She would fain have had the boar's head too. he evidently meditated a rush upon us. and on a bright morning. and almost simultaneously we fired. stepped aboard. for. in which direction he was apparent ly making. as the great beast emerged yet further from the water. and disappeared. and ran for Cape Minster. after lashing the water violently for a few seconds. father!' Sure enough. Five days passed. right ahead. promising us therefrom many a savoury dish. to look again at the dangerous spot. stood towards the shore. and. though my lips watered to taste it baked in Hottentot fashion. with a favourable breeze. for the whal e. Suddenly. with a mighty noise. Both shots apparently took effect. The flesh of the wild boar and the truffles were handed over to my wife. We kept a sharp look-out for him. This splendid head. and then fell like rain all around. a nd. and even my wife. Approaching the infuria . Before we had recovered from our amazement. for I was unwilling to lose such a valuable p rize and. Fearful stories occurred to me of the savage temper of this whale. and with a f eeling of desperation I sprang to one of the guns.'Who met her end 'Fighting right bravely in her master's cause. while from the upper extremity rushed a column of water.' I put down the helm in a moment. I co uld now see nothing. with the dogs. `and yet it is strange that I n ever before noticed it.' I thought to myself. I would not break my promise. but my word was pledged to Ernest that it sho uld adorn his museum. r etreating to a short distance. there la y. another sunken rock. The monster was apparently enraged at the way we had scratched his back. and the bright sunshin e and delicious sea-breeze put us all in the highest spirits. I saw a dark and shadowy mass just below the surface of the water.

who now stood up in his skiff and appeared to be examining us a ttentively. He was now assailed with a storm of question s from all sides: Where had he been? What had kept him so long.ted animal as nearly as I dared. Presently a dusky face appeared. and then. In another minute the brave boy was on board. All. When you addressed me in Malay you only added to my terror. `he is paddling towards us!' And sure enough the canoe was rapidly approaching. should not be easily taken. too. `Come here. `Come on board and make frie nds.' I said. I can see the walrus' head. H earing guns fired. the others shall be explained when I give a full account of my adventures. We. my mind was instantly filled with ideas of Malay pirates. Presently a cry from Franz alarmed me. `Welcome. Jack hereupon lost patience. looked anxious. and in spite of his blackened fac e was kissed and welcomed heartily. and we saw another peeping at us from lower down. I determined. and in his turn took up the trumpet.' he exclaimed. with a smile. Seeing that we were standing towards him.' `No! But see. and our guns were loaded and run out.' I seized the instrument and uttered such peaceable words in the Malay language as I could rec all: neither the flag nor my words seemed to produce any effect.' he cried.' . even Jack. but checked the shout upon their very lips. old fellow!' The words were scarcely out of his mouth when I. we again fired. beneath its dusky disguise. and Fritz must h ave fallen into their hands.' said I. peeping at us from a lofty rock: it vanished. `and hand me the speaking-trumpet. however.' Ernest alone remained unmoved. Then again the skiff put out as though to make a further reconnoitre. with a quiver from head to tail. and came forth to reconnoitre. An awful thought now took possession of me.' replied he. for it left not a doubt in my mind that you were pirat es. `is the only one I will now answ er. `You will but alarm the man. `Hoist a white flag. he lay motionless--dead! The boys were about to raise a cry of victory. you black son of a gun. or we'll blow you and your--' `Stop! Stop! You foolish boy. recognized the well-known face. the swarthy native seized his paddle and again darted behind a rock. and why had he t urned blackamoor? `The last question. for I never dreamed that you could be here in the yacht. so I disguised myself as y ou now see me. The struggles of the whale seemed for a few moments to become even yet more fra ntic. for darting behind a rock they espied a canoe paddled by a tall and muscular savage. There must be a tribe of blacks lurking on these shores. and the savage was about to return to the shore. ahoy!' he shouted. and glanced at me for orders. `The villain is in Fritz's cajack. He took the speaking-trumpet: `Fritz. with your w ild words and gestures. `Look! Look!' he shrieked.

In another moment he emerged.' And after removing t he stains from his skin. and Fritz. maintaining perfect silence.' he continued. and there is no need for concealment. From the expressions made use of by Fritz I perceived that the girl wished her sex to remain unrevealed to the rest of the party until my wife could obtain for her a costume more suited to her real character.' he replied. indeed!' I exclaimed. advancing and holding out my hands to the fair young stranger. In a body w e followed Fritz. They cast glances of the greatest curiosity towards the island. by his dress apparently a young English naval officer. She herself.' The mother. The lads. he has succeeded. at the entrance of which burned a cheerful f ire. as I expect ed. Presently we emerged from the thicket through which we were passing. for it contains all sorts of strange things. nor I could entirely conceal. `But why. after the first feeling of strangeness ha d worn off. embraced the seeming youth most heartily. thank Heaven. and that being one of her own sex. were doing their best to amuse her. `did you not tell me of this at first? Why wait until the last moment with such joyful news?' `I was unwilling. The young men then ran down to the yacht to bring up what was necessary for sup per. and seemed almost overcome with emotion at the idea of seeing a human being. an d the latter won by her sweet voice and appearance. `I can le ad you to an island where there is splendid anchorage. Into this leafy bower Fritz dived. and as soon as the s ails were furled and the anchor dropped. casting towards me a glance full of meaning.Having in our turn described to him our adventure with the cachalot whale. too. entered fully into all their fun. `will you not welcome him as a friend and a brother to our family circle?' `That will we. he again sprang into his canoe and piloted us to a pict uresque little island in the bay. briefly introduced hi s companion as Edward Montrose. The pair advanced t o meet us. Now that there could be no doubt as to the success of Fritz's expedition. as well as to make preparations for a camp in which we might spend the nigh t. while the bo ys. and even t he dogs. `Certainly.' she asked. my wife hastened to set before us a substantial meal. handsome y outh. I no longer hesitated to give to my wife an account of his project. `And. She was greatly startled. mute with asto nishment. and by the time they sat down to s .' I replied. bu t now. and saw be fore us a hut of sheltering boughs. looking at his mother and me. `to raise hopes which might never be realized. I trust. and which is itself well worth seeing. with a countenance radiant with joy. Fritz.' The boys could not at all understand the evident air of mystery and suppressed excitement which neither their mother. were not behind-hand in testifying their gratification at the appearanc e of their new friend--the former delighted at the idea of a fresh companion. and to prepare he r mind for the surprise which awaited her. bu t it has not hardened our hearts. `Our wild life may have roughened our looks and manners. I as ked him if he knew of a suitable spot for the anchorage of the yacht. they sprang eagerly ashore. This done. leading by the hand a slight. leaving his brothers without. anxious to make their new acquaintance feel at home amongst them.

Did you take your mysterious voyage in search of him. than the sea appeared one mass of foam: g reat surging waves arose. while furt her inland lay dense forests. to cheer and encourage the sender. and he. `As I neared the shore. a nd knowing that I in this frail canoe was the only human being near. the slightest trace of smo ke. the health of Edward Mo ntrose was proposed. just tell me where you came across this jolly fellow. `The aspect of the coast now began to change: the shores were sandy. shou ld a regular storm arise. `I passed the night in my cajack.' said he. Seldom have I experience d a greater feeling of solitude than whilst listening to these strange sounds. the sea was tolerably smooth. with a heart full of hope and trust. se emed completely to have fumed their heads. who would sometimes flutter round me. the wind freshening. `I first. or even thought more about it. Fritz. amidst the cheers and acclamati ons of all hands. I might find some sheltered bay in which to weather it . without alluding once to her previous life . or the despairing death cry of a hapless deer. while we sit comfortably round the fire. left you and the yacht. I rested my paddle. kept up a lively conversation. The mere fact of meeting with any human being after so many years of isolation was in itself sufficient to raise the boys to the greatest state of excitement. and silence had been restored. from whose gloomy depths I could ever and anon hea r the fierce roar of beasts of prey. and their new friend was about to be led to the night-quar ters which had been prepared for her on board the yacht. Yet it was that albatross who b rought me notice of the shipwrecked stranger. the yell of apes. if possible. Jack cast more wood upon the blazing pile. if you please. Giving myse lf up to contemplation.upper was laughing and chatting as gaily as any one of the rest. I thought it advisable to keep in nearer shore. but that this being should be one so handsome. after a frugal meal of pemm ican. She admired the various dishes. however. and then. I noticed a large number of strange-looking birds. I determined should c arry back a message. or other sign of human life. too. `how. made for the open sea. once more ventured forth. till. so gay. Fritz. None but my father at the time knew. and when I gave the sign for the brea king-up of the feast. as you know. and next morning. after a few moments' hesitation. or did you meet h im by chance? Out with your adventures. keeping my eyes busily employed in seeking in every direction to detect. For several hours I paddled steadily on. then. and then dart back again to the border of the forest. When she was gone. and a draught of water from my flask. The wind h ad subsided. I paddled on till noon. when I returned from my expedition in the cajack the other day. `It was well I did so. and. for. and throwing himself down in his usual careless fashion. and even in the comparative calm of the bay I felt tha t I was in some danger. scarcely had I reached a quiet cove which promised to afford me the protection I desired. began: `Perhaps you remember. tasted our mead and. and drunk in fragrant mead. so perfectly charming. prepared my cajack to carry two persons. what became of the wounded bird. the fiendish laugh of the hyaena. prepared to listen attentively. Jack exclaimed: `Now. where they were feeding on what appeared to be the pepper-plant. they se . with Pounce seated before me. I struck down an albatross. and. ' So saying. and allowed my cajack to drift slowl y on. that.

but. One blow of the great beast's paw had struck him down. Ernest?' The `Professor'. with glaring e yes. On . I should have been tempted. never to rise again!' Fritz's voice shook as he came to this point. at the time. I was so much amused by watching the grotesque antics of the birds. from their immense weight. I buried the faithful bird where he had met his death. I retur ned to my cajack. I felt as though. to sleep on shore. This stranger may be on different shore . I settled in my own mind that they were touc ans: was I right. and his great tail swaying to and fro. tha t his spring was checked. When I left the spot. and there spent the night. `Pounce saw and comprehended my danger: the heroic bird darted upon my enemy. unwilling to interrupt the narrative. As I was so doing. `I wish now that I had brought home a specimen. `My enemy was dead. on. and stepped on shore. which was only rivalled b y the gay hue of the plumage. Before I could have stooped to pick it up. doubtless. so after preparing and enjoying my supper. I should have been no more. The only thing that relieved the extreme uglines s of these great appendages was their gorgeous colour. threw them up into the air and then dexterously caught them in their fall. and leaving the great tiger lying where he fell. hurriedly: `With a sad and desolate feeling at my heart. The albatross. I thought. I felt I must go. and the n rolled over at my feet. I saw an immense tiger. and then. however. and the brute. I heard a slight rus tle amongst the long grass behind me. `My thoughts were gloomy. Their beaks were really something ex traordinary: they looked as though they must give their owners a perpetual heada che. after remaining silent for a moment or two. `Next morning Pounce and I again landed for breakfast. until I should reach the goal of my voyage. and the fierce blows of his beak. he continued.ized the berries in their great ponderous beaks. You may imagine how pleasant it was to stretch my legs. I moored my cajack. I c ould no longer continue the voyage. It would not do. and there. after sitting for so long in the cramped position which my cajack enfor ces. to cruise a little way up one o f these pathways into the forest. and. pierced to the heart. I lit my fire. and our young guest would have been doomed to. and I had time to recover my self-possession. and Fritz continued: `For some hours after this I paddled quickly on. finding a sheltered cove. more ye ars of frightful solitude! `My gun was lying by my side. crushed and lifeles s. merely gave an oracular nod. paddled hasti ly away. sometimes passing the mouth of a stream. I glanced round. Had I been merely on an exploring ex pedition. may have flown for hundreds of miles before it reached me. unable longer to continue near the spot. but beside him--alas!--lay poor Pounce. I seized my gun and fired. `In another moment his spring would have been made. sometimes that of a broad river. now that my companion was gone. `The shades of night at length drew on and. God only knows how many. and hung before it a plump young parrot to roast. on. a nd so blinded him with his flapping wings. I returned on board. the mo nster would have seized me. but now such an idea did not enter my head. gave one spring. that I did not think of o btaining one.

I rounded it. `A few strokes seemed to carry me across the bay. with a chest of wearing apparel. rising and advancing to his brother. and. and knives and other tools. when three years ago she was cast alone u . and then mastering my emotion as best I could. Fritz. but not a sign of a human be ing could I see. Thank Go d. though much disconcerted by the discovery of the secret. while on her work-table. I a m afraid. in boxes and ca ses. fair stranger! God. every stroke of my paddle may be carrying me further from the blazing signal: who knows? `This feeling of discouragement was not. in English: "Welcome. `A high point of land lay before me. with tears of joy and gratitude.' Fritz. among the branches of a tree. before I could do so . and strained every nerve to reach it. I could scarcely believe my senses. Round the walls hun g bows. arrows. were fish-hooks of mother-of-pearl. said in his quiet way: `I did not like to make any remark till you actually let out the secret. steadily and clearly curl ing upwards in the calm air. and when the confusion and laughter which ensued had subsided. I knew the stranger could not be far off. I lea ped upon the rock. You may all imagine my sensations. and raised me to the highest pitch of excitement. continued his story. and bodkins from the beaks of birds. however. and beyond found a calm and pleasant bay. `I advanced a few paces. lances and bird-snares. recovered his s elf-possession. then. fishing-lines of all s orts. I said. I was about to shout. in His mercy. for indeed her h ut and its fittings evinced no ordinary skill and ingenuity. like Falconhurst on a small scale. for as the fire had evidently been recent ly piled up. I saw a slight figure passing along the chain of rocks towards the spot on whi ch I stood. and guessing from my pronunciation.s from these entirely. said in French: `"Long. securing my canoe. `Who came forward?' and amid a general hubbub. which banished all my doubts and fears . long. she led me to the shore. has heard your call. almost the only things washed ashore after the wreck. Ernest. carved skilfully with a knife. from whose curved and thickly wooded shores ran out a reef of rock s. but we need no longer pretend not to see through the disguise of Edward Montros e. where she had built a hut and a safe sleeping-place. and. and has sent m e to your aid!" `Miss Montrose came quickly forward--' `Who? What?' shouted the boys. for i n a moment more a sight presented itself. interrupting the narrative. joined in three cheers for their new sister. that I was not in the habit of speaking English every day of my life. From the point of this reef rose a column of smoke. with throbbing pulse and giddy bra in. `Miss Montrose grasped my hands warmly. you have come at last!" `Then. needles made from fishbones. as though I were in a dream. but. have I waited since the bird returned with your message. but stopped gaz ing at it. These latter she told me were. to be of long duration. I seized my paddle. I was delighted with all she showed me. on which the beacon was blazing. after bearing with perfect equanimity the jokes with which his brothers assailed him.

bu t. `As we entered. stout posts had been driven into the grou nd. the other boats having disapp eared. `The separation was extremely painful to both the old soldier and his daughter. where she herself was born. After enduring the peril s of the sea for many days. but. skin bottles. I marvelled more and more at the wonderful way in which this girl had surmounted obstacles. and numberless other things--and then. but there was no alternative. an open space being left in the centre of the roof for a chimney to carry off the smoke of the fire. the fishing raft. according t o its natural habit. Jenny obtained a place in one of the largest of these. A week after she had left Calcutta. to form a framework. They parted. and Miss Montrose alo ne reached the shore. an attempt was made to land. and from him she imbibed an ardent love of field sports. with a cry of anger. more bad weather ensued. `Colonel Montrose now received orders to return home with his regiment and as. for whether it dived into the waters. but brought her food of every desc ription. land was sighted. an d since that time had contrived to train it to assist her in every conceivable w ay: it now not only was a pleasant companion. flew from under the table tow ards me. she kept a beacon c ontinually blazing at the end of the reef. Miss Montrose called it off. she told me. and obtain assistance. The hut itself was a marvel of skill. For a long time she lay upon the sand almost inanimate. however. the roof thatched with palm-leaves. a . and by degrees recovered her strength. The boat was capsized. he did not wish her to accompany him in the ship with the t roops. To attract any passing vessel. all the Colonel's love and care was centred upon his only child. a cormorant. under his eye she was instructed in all the accomplishments suit ed to her sex. and. for certain reasons. struck down birds upon the wing. and. a ttached missives to the feet of any birds she could take alive in her snares. `Before darkness closed in. she gave me a shor t account of her life: `Jenny* Montrose was the daughter of a British officer who had served for many years in India. the walls had then been wo ven with reeds. `After the death of his wife. s hell plates and spoons. At the early age of three years she lost her mother. and s he then told me she had captured and tamed the bird soon after first landing. or seized rabbits and othe r small animals upon the land. it laid all its booty at her feet. and at length. a storm arose and drove the vessel far out of her course. and Miss Montrose sailed in the Dorc as for England. the quarter of which would completely have appalled the generality of her sex. she had kept for some time and partially tamed. * Some translations give her name as Emily. she at length obtained some shellfish. flesh and fowl.pon this desolate coast. Th e albatross. reviving sufficiently to move. By the t ime she was seventeen she was as much at home upon her horse in the field as in her father's drawing-room. cooking utensils. From that time forth until I appeared she never set eyes upon a human being. fish. with the same purpose in view. the crew were obliged to take to the boats. with cross pieces of bamboo. and the whole plastered smoo thly with clay. all the curiosities and ingenious contrivances of t he place had been displayed the kitchen-stove. he obtained a passage for her on board a vessel which was about to sail a t the same time. sitting down with my fair hostess to a most appetizing meal. and was about to attack me fiercely. leaks havi ng been sprung in all directions.

it might return with an answer. and I to sleep in the hut below. `Our supper was over. and bidding adieu to her well-known bay she took her seat before me. joined them and disappeared into the forest. and those that now escaped our guns. and b efore we could follow. Jenny smiled. and embarking. should it by chance be seen and taken alive. suddenly attracted by his instinct. warned me that it was time or the night. as the young men met her when she came from the cabin. however. dreadful yawn from Fra great desire on my own to dismiss the party f to the deck of the yac Next morning as we assembled for breakfast I took the opportunity of begging Mi ss Montrose no longer to attempt to continue her disguise. `We should have reached Rockburg this evening had not an accident occurred to o ur skiff and compelled us to put in at this island. I prepared to start for home. .' All had listened attentively to Fritz's story. and when we reached the spot we found a terrifi c combat going on.s it was in the habit of making long excursions on its own account. we left him alone. Amongst the pack we re a few jackals. it has been my on ly costume for the last three years. I fully agreed with him. Glad. and the remainder of the night passed quietly away. for she had noticed. `I need not be ashamed of this attire. but now a nz. he thought it would be a pity to lose such a chance of obtaining a supply of spermaceti. th an. never doubt ing that Malay pirates were near. and. Our appearance. and a part to follow their example. and had at once seen that her sec ret was guessed.' Our pleasant meal over. but Fritz reminded me of the cachalot. A troop of wolves were disputing fiercely with the dogs their right to the prey. rushed round to the other side of the great beast. at length. indeed. two of the brutes already lay dead. quickly settled the matter. `After all. No sooner did we come near than the dogs leaped ashore. that. snarli ng. we retired to rest. Fritz retired to his cajack. we both went on boar d. Jack and Franz joined him--Ernest having remained on the island. but to allow us to ad dress her in her real character. As it would have been useless and dangerous to attempt to follow the deserter i nto the woods. galloped off. she to her leafy bower. and in any other I should have been unable to manage all the work which during that time has been necessary. she conceive d the idea of sending it also with a message. came forth to reconnoitre. and in spite of our shouts and cries. I instantly disguised myself. both wearied out with the anxieties and e xcitement of the day. the boys and I ht. and I ma de for home. The boat was scarcely repair ed when I heard your first shots. `Next morning. his relations.' she said. and with his hatchet quic kly laid open the huge skull. and. where we had left my wife and Jenny--and with buckets assisted hi m to bail out the spermaceti. trusting that he would return before we again embarked. I was to find my fears ungrounded. we quickly reached the sandbank on whic h the monster lay. growling and howling ensued. a great alteration in their manner. followed by others from Jack. and no sooner did Coco catch sight of these. and although he confessed he should not care to repeat the operati on of cutting up a whale. having packed her belongings in the cajack. Ernest and Fritz. he left his master's side. Fritz then climbed up the mountain of flesh.

with i ts guard-house. and passed out to the open sea. we sat down to it. With great astonishment Jenny gazed at our watch-tower. Slowly and contented ly we glided on through the wonders of the splendid archway. a nd plied their paddles to such good purpose that they were soon out of sight. `My poor albatross even. Nautilus Bay and Cape Pug-Nose were in due time passed. looking very miserable and heartily ashamed of himself. after a hearty meal. threaded our passag e amongst the rocks and shoals. At sunrise they were off. The morning was delightful.' Jack was delighted at the former suggestion. that she might visit the fortification. we once more embarked and arrived at the little island shortly before the din ner-hour. whom I had lit tle doubt he would never again desert. Poor Coco had recovered his spirits slightly by the time the yacht was reached. he agreed. All was now bustle and activity. and to return to the yacht in time to start for Rockburg. unhappy and begg ing forgiveness. and certainly di d finally desert me. they presently espied the truant. when we had made ourselves present able. after entering the forest and shouting `Coco. Jack had not the heart to degrade him further with the muzzle a nd chain. was perfectly calm. and though he would not listen for a moment to Jenny's request to be allowed to go alone. we again embarked. and when the poor beast thus came. then we displayed all our arra ngements with great pride. `I do not think you should despair of his recovery. Jack. and hustled. and by them had been scouted. and breakfast over. to search the wood early tomorrow morning. for I should immensely like to have a paddle in the cajack a ll by myself. we went aboard the yacht. a fter a time. the fierce-looking guns. So slowly did we make our way. and steered towards . if you like. and I am pretty sure that were you. however. and. Fritz and Jack stepped into the canoe. you would find your p et only too willing to come back to civilized life. or. The sea. and having stored them in the yach t. yet used to return at intervals. as Jenny had foretol d. should they catch him. that the occupants of the cajack announced that they could not wa it for us when they had once piloted us out from amongst the shoals and reefs. and related our adventures. With torn ears. and Shark Isla nd hove in sight. When they and the herd of lovely gazelles had been su fficiently admired. Coco!' till the woods rang again. excepting for the slight ripple raised by the gentle breeze wafting us homewards. The account of Coco's deser tion was received with exclamations of surprise and sorrow. A capital meal had been prepared for us and. and the waving flag upon the heights. and coat ruffled and dirty. Arrived at the sandbank. was now only too glad to return to bondage and to comfort. they l anded. slouching disconsolately towards t hem. worried. and we soon left Fair Isle and Pearl Bay far behind. to accompany her in the canoe next morning. he sneaked up. for animals in their native state seldom care to allow those that have been once domesticated t o consort with them. though he was never thoroughly tamed. as no true jackal. and. again took his place amongst the dogs.' said Jenny.The few vessels we possessed were soon full. He had evidently attempted to join his wild brethren. I will go m yself and find him. W e landed. and. armed with `bait' in the shape of meat and biscuit. a nd a muzzle and chain which Jack had manufactured in the evening to punish the r unagate for his offences. `Yet. if she cared for the fun of an early cruise. There was no need to use the bait to entice him.

as Jack declared to Miss Montrose. however. lay heaped in pyramids upon the porcelain dishes. shady balcony. and waited upon us most attentively. It was. fresh creepers twined round the columns. indeed. near the tree. Not pleased with the even number. he declared. filling our glasses. When the banquet was over. but nothing would induce Fritz and Jack to follow their example. and was arranged up on the spotless damask cloth. and with true politeness handed their mother and Jenny ashore. My amazement. Not a corner would they have left unnoticed. Ernest and Franz also seated themselves. fields and boat-houses. but Jack. perhaps. Before we had accomplished one quarter of the distance. fully equalled that of my little daughter when beneath t he shade of the verandah I saw a table laid out with a delicious luncheon. They turned and led the way to the house through the gardens. and the waiters had satisfied their appetites. All o ur china. as well as baskets of provisions and other things essential t o our comfort. and the bright.Safety Bay. carving the joints. apples an d pears. guavas. we started. a grand salute of twelve shots welcomed u s and our fair guest to Rockburg. and changing the plates. cold fowl. its fountains sparkling in the sun. we took with us a supply of tools. the pigeons wheeling above. took the place of honour bet ween my wife and me. while in the centre rose a vase of gay flowers. and that she was amongst a family wrecked like herself upon a lonely coast . w e should be obliged to wait upon ourselves. Fritz and Jack stood ready to receive us. splendid pineapples. and tongues occupied the ends and sides of the table. after an early breakfast. while it was yet co ol. to the great amusement of the latter. looking prettier than ever in the d ress for which she had exchanged her sailor's suit. the dove-cots. they joined their brothers. for Falconhurst. a perfect feast. the s ervants had all run away in our absence. gardens. orchards and shru bberies which lay on the rising ground that sloped gently upwards to our dwellin g. and with them displayed all the wonders of Rockburg to th eir new sister. and the heartiness of the welcome brought tears of joy into the lovely eyes of the fair girl in whose honour it had been devised. surrounded b y bowls of milk and great jugs of mead. to one after the other did they lead her. come to the rescue. oranges. we heard the t . Ern est insisted upon replying with thirteen guns. Jenny's surprise was changed to wonder as she neared the villa itself--its broa d. On the following day. and led her back to the house. excepting the ostrich. and fled away in fro nt of us. Wine sparkled in the decanters. silver and glass had been called into requisition. They considered themselves our en tertainers. leaped on Hurry. She could scarcely believe that she was still far from any civilized na tion. deligh ted her. The whole of our stud. for. absolutely necessary for form's sake. however. To the house. saying that his mother and Jenny really must not walk the whole way. A haunch of venison. an odd number being. were in their paddocks. had not my wife. stables. and Jenny. and as I knew that repairs and arrangements for the coming winter would be necessary and would detain us for several days. All were soon ready to sit down. On reaching the entrance. and for the next day or two. ham. cave. As we neared the quay. fearing they woul d tire the poor girl out. resting on cool green leaves.

for so weeks. and therefore easily learned our native lang uage and spoke it fluently before we were released from our captivity. She herself already spoke French. Every one has been ridden by mother. At his saddle-bow hung a clus ter of saddles and bridles. and urging on the excited animals. with Jack . in particular. that we might make excursions in various directions to bring in poultry from Woodlands. and when at length the rain ceased and bright sun again smiled upon the face of nature. baskets. Never before had this dreary season seemed so short and pleasant. who thoroughly entered into the fun. the fleetest and most spirited in the whole stud. Fritz. Yet the time passed pleasantly. weaving and plaiting in our rosy study. as I had expected. We stepped aside to shelter ourselves behind the trees from the furious onset. for though the young men were busy from morning to night. the Engli sh language was quickly acquired by all hands. we could scarcely believe. Jenny?' he shouted. Many a shower wetted us through during these days. but a shout from Fritz brought the whole herd to a sudden halt. the duties in field. speaking it so well that Jenny declared she could scarcely believe he was not an Englishman .' To his great delight. Storm. When the repairs were all finished we remained yet a day or two longer. the bits all jangling and clanking. The work at Falconhurst. and with tails in the air. stores of acorns for the pigs. In this winter was a truly happy time. that. garden and orchard ca lled forth the energy of the lads. e stepped forth and once more felt the balmy breath of spring. Jenny quickly showed her appreciation of the merits of th e steeds by picking out Dart. and we had scarcely time to hurry back to Rockburg and house our cattle and possessions before the annual de luge began. The ostrich was then relieved of his unusual burden. Jenny was delighted with her palfrey. whilst their mother and sister found abundant .hundering tread of many feet galloping down the avenue. occupied us for some time and it wa s a week before we could again return to Rockburg. her lively spirits and gay conve rsation. the fact the as w many All was once more activity and life. Lightfoot. and grass. so you can't go wrong. and henceforward he was reserved for her special use. hurdles and hen-coops. we had been prisoners within our rocky walls. and knows what a side-saddle means. Stentor. the animals were speedily equipped. and as active as cats. `They're all as gentle as lambs. the presence of their new companion. and heels ever and anon thrown pl ayfully out. Chapter 18 Many wondrous tales were told or read in turn by the boys and Jenny during long evenings as we sat drawing. with Jenny am ongst us the usual feeling of weariness and discontent never appeared. and Jack spurred towards us. `Which of the cattle shall we saddle for you. to be manufactured during the winter into mats. and Lightfoot bearing the baskets and hampers. Arrow and Dart were there. Swift. willows and canes. seemed about to overwhelm us. on his fleet two-legged courser. adding to the di n and confusion. the whole party mounted and trotted forwards. ears back. and presently espied our motley troop of steeds being driven furiously towards us. Grumble. kept them in constant good humour. at their heels.

Scarcely had they done so when. or a hostile visit might be paid us. We stopped. They returned and fired. were they to be friends who would help us. who would rob and murder us? What was to be the result of meeting with our fellow beings. `it must be a European ship. Was it fancy? Had we really heard guns from a strange s hip? Or had the boys again fired? No! There were the lads leaping into their can oe and paddling in hot haste towards us. and before we reassembled to discuss ou r plans a fearful storm was raging. speechless. as though in answer to their shots. The duty of attending to the island battery fell to Jack and Franz. They had been busy all day repairing the flagstaff. came the so und of three guns booming across the water from the westward. `Did you hear them? Did you hear them?' they gasped. All eyes were turned towards me. Few slept that night. They. Evening was drawing on and o ur day's work over. `we can do nothing. Was it a European vessel close upon our shores. and were we about to be linked once more to civilized life? Or did those sounds proc eed from a Malay pirate. We shall see our Fatherland once more. Woodlands . had heard the sound. lest more signals might be fired. so terrific was the sea that I knew no boat could live. in an emotion of joy. Fritz. the sea went rapidly down. en emies who would attack us. For two days and two nights the hurricane continued. or would they prove unfortunate creatures in need of our assistance? Who could tell? Before we could express these thoughts in words the cajack had touched the shor e. the rest of us were strolling up and down upon the beach enj oying the cool sea breeze. We watched the lads as they completed their work.occupation in the poultry-yard and house. Till then I knew not what a craving for civilized life had been aroused in the two young men by the appearance of their European sister. paddling off with an empty tub in the cajac k. A tumult of feelings rushed over us--anxiety. the wind lulling. too. joy. Falconhurst. with a shout of triumph. Full of anx iety I readily complied with the boys' desire to put off to Shark Island and dis . Prospect Hill. What would I advise? `At present.' I said. but on the third day the s un again appeared. he g rasped his brother's hands. `What shall we do? Where s hall we go?' `Oh. and till late no one could be persua ded to retire to rest. The boys and I took it in turn to keep watch from the ver andah. for night is drawing on. We shall f ind her. and Jack and Franz were among us. The y loaded and ran out their guns and. Shark and Whale Islands were in turn visited and set in order. rehoisting the flag.' In the greatest excitement we returned to the house. and had a broadside been fired at the entrance of the Bay we should not have heard it through the howling of the blast. placed it out to sea as a mark for practice. Our various settlements and stations required attention. Bu t about midnight the wind began to rise. and cl eaning and putting into working order the two guns. and. We must make what preparation we can. they cleaned the guns and ran t hem in. each in turn to ok possession of our minds. all talking eagerly.' and. and the barrel flew in pieces.' continued my youngest son. and pray for guidance. doubt. hope.

Fritz and I at once prepared to make a reconnaissance. if so she might never retu rn. lay a brig-of-war with the Englis h colours at her masthead. `can this English vessel be doing thus far from the usu al track of ships?' and I called to mind tales of mutinous crews who have risen against their officers. I am certain he is English. and as fully as possible we told them of all we had seen. For nearly an hour we advanced in the direction from which the reports of the guns seemed to proceed. and were aware of our presence. With these thoughts I accompanied Jack and Franz to the fort. and my fears were once more dispelled. where our family awaited our arrival in eager expe ctation. have chosen some such sheltered retreat as this. and joy and gratitude to the Great G iver of all good filled our hearts. ` What. and quickly returned. Nothing could we see. Still keeping under the shelter of the cliff. As I handed the glass to Fritz. for neither could I answer the questions with which I was besi eged. and then an answering report rolled in the distance. nor could I conceal the fact that the visit of the vessel might not prove so advantageous as they expected. Cape Pug-Nose was reached. we resolved to return without betraying our presence. for who could tell what had been the result of the gale. the burnished stee l and brass. There was no doubt that Fritz was right. We waved the flag as a signal to those on shore that all was well. perhap s the vessel had been driven upon the rocky shore or. whose hopes had been excited to the . and anchor dropped. For some minutes longer we continued our examination of the scene. several tents pitched under the shelter of the trees. I felt a sudden misgiving. There was no longer room for doubt. took a spy-glass. For some minutes there was no reply. for I was unwilling to appear before these strangers until we cou ld do so in better form. We again landed at Rockburg. pistols and cutlasses. and we began to round the bluff old point. the strangers were still in the v icinity. There. she h ad left the coast and weathered the storm out at sea. upon the shore beyond . and I felt it necessary to calm them down as much as possible. With the glass I could discern figures upon the deck and. One--two--we fire d the guns and waited. however. and even Jenny. father. and I can see his face quite well. In a moment all our doubts were dispelled. We found the whole family in a state of the greatest excitement. and the flag speaks the truth!' and he put the glass again in my han d that I might see for myself. I carefully surveyed the vessel.' said I to myself. have di sguised the vessel. and the air of perfect order which pervaded both ship and camp. bet okened that authority and discipline there reigned. paddled out of the b ay and round the high cliffs on our left. he is speaking to one of the officers. that there was no chance of the b rig quitting the coast for several days. and the smoke of fires r ising amongst them. the spotless decks. fearing such a fate. in the little sheltered cove beyond t he cape.charge the guns. her sails furled. but the frowning rocks and cliffs. and the waves beating restless ly at their base. seated ourselves in the cajac k and. he is English. `I can see the captain. and in a manner more in accordance with our actual reso urces. and then sailed forth to rob and plunder upon the high seas. and then sat isfied by the appearance of the camp on shore. we armed ourselves with our guns. with a parting entreaty from my wife to be cautious. all was neatness and regularity on board. Fritz then exclaimed. They thorough ly approved of our caution.

and the flag of England hoisted to her peak. of Miss Montrose. gave a wide berth to the Reef. too. w hen. for our hearts were too full. our linen coats and trousers. having put our yacht into good order. the sails set. * Junk. and cruising upon this strange and inhospitable shore. begged us to explain to what good fortune he owed a visit from residents upon a coast generally deeme d uninhabited. . agreed to postpone the visit until the following day. such an anomaly as a pleasure yacht. we might pay our respects to the capt ain. bounded merrily ov er the waters of Safety Bay. every glass was produced and fixed upon our motions. I gave him an outline of the history of the wreck. We s hould indeed have surprised the smart man-o'-war's men. as presents for the strangers. all lumber* removed and put ashore. and pulled for the brig. accustomed daily to rough and often even dirty work. against whose frowni ng rocks the sea still lashed itself to foam. and t o the surprise and utter amazement of the strangers. her decks were scrubbed. and the neatest uniforms were put ready for t he boys and me. when we were destined once more to set our eyes upon our fellow men. her brass guns bu rnished. where the English ship unconsciously awaited us. and presently returned from the garden w ith baskets of the choicest fruits in fresh and fragrant profusion. h ad adopted just that costume which best suited our comfort and inclination. F ritz and Jack then slipped quietly out. Our dainty little craft was made to look her very best. and with the canoe in tow the little ves sel. `Then. The rest of the day was occupied in making our preparations. had they been at home amongst civilized people in Europe. to allow of any outward display of excitement. My wife overhauled our wardrobes. and to hear news of the outer world. with the simple frankness of a British seaman . At the break of that eventful morn. seeking to know for what purpose strangers were visiting the co ast. for it was the hope of finding some trace of that brave girl that led me to these shores. The captain. and of the providential way i n which we had been the means of rescuing her from her lonely position. not as poor shipwrecked creatures begging assistance. and having led us into his cabin. was the furth est from their thoughts. and spoke to him. In another minute w e were upon her deck. as though partaking of our hopes and joyous expectation. and kept away for the cove. `let m e heartily thank you in my own name. and with the se.' said the gallant officer. or the abode of the fiercest savages.highest pitch by our description of the English vessel. our broad leathe rn belts and hairy buskins. we rounded the point and br ought up within hail. Fritz and I stepped into our boat. yet we. and our minds too busily occupied. Every eye on board and on shore was turned towards us. and in that of Colonel Montrose. welcomed us cordially. had we appeared in our g reat shapeless wide-brimmed hats. from which for so many years we had been exiled. and of our sojourn upon thes e shores. we went on board our yacht. for of all the strange sights which the gallant cre w may have looked for. rising and grasping Fritz by the hand. things stored but not in use. we assembled in our little breakfast-room. The Pug-nosed Cape was reached. so we next day readily donned the more becoming cost umes. manned by such a par ty as ours. The m eal was eaten hurriedly and almost in silence. The anchor was weighed. and who longed to meet h er countrymen once more. but as lords and mast ers of the land. for though neither my wife nor Jenny had ever dreamed of appeari ng otherwise than they would have done.

and when we landed we found Mr. reached land in safety. It was too late then to return to Rockburg. and applying for permission to cruise in these latitudes.' One of the officers was accordingly dispatched to the yacht with a polite messa ge.' he continued. At luncheon the captain told us that there had sailed with him from Sydney an i nvalid gentleman. and in the afternoon it was decided that we should pay them a visit. Jenny. He and his family were delighted to see us. and two daughters. and the captain kindly offered tents fo r the accommodation of those who could not find room in the yacht. and yet .' Fritz replied most modestly to the praises which he received. his wife. yet it had not done Mr . indeed. for th e whole ship's company to be absent at once. `And. each was afra id of expressing what might run counter to those feelings. and finally we discovered that the real wish which lay at the bottom of both our hearts was to adopt New Switzerland as thenceforward our home. provide d I. and he had suffered so greatly f rom the effects of the storm which had driven the Unicorn into the bay for repai rs. Wolston so much good as had been anticipated. of four which left the wreck. What can be more delightful than to find harmony of opinion in those we love. `if it be not contrary to your rules of discipline. was the only one which. I knew this. My efforts have been rewarded by unlooked-for success. though for three years no word of her or of any of those who sailed in her has reached England. I will now send a boat for the rema inder of your party. . Tents had been pitched for their accommodation under t he shady trees. as to whether or not we really had any well-grounded reason for wishing to return to Europe. but gradually it bega n to appear that neither entertained any strong wish to leave the peaceful islan d. I sailed in the hopes of finding further traces of the unfortun ate crew. w hen a great and momentous decision has to be taken? My dear wife assured me that she desired nothing more earnestly than to spend t he rest of her days in a place to which she had become so much attached.The disappearance of the Dorcas has been a terrible blow to the Colonel. he has never entirely abandoned all hope of again hearing of h is daughter. Wolston. It would be childish to undertake a voyage thither simply because an opportunity of fered for doing so. That night I had a long and serious consultation with my wife. Wolston seated by one of them. Neither knew to what decision the feelings of the other inclined. and the mother. and he and his officers vied with one a nother in doing us honour. that he had been eager to rest for a short time on land. `From them I learned all particulars. but that though the sea voyage had been recommended on account of his health. and then the capt ain begged to be introduced to my wife and Miss Montrose. also wished to remain. We were anxious to meet the family. The boys spen t the night on land. and the three boys were presently on board. I found three men who declared themselves survivors of the Dorcas. and said that their boat. to their knowledge. when I was about to leave Sydney for the Cape. They proved. most pleasant entertainers. Mr. and at least two of her sons. that evening found us still upon the shore. e njoying the cool sea-breeze. and the time passed rapidly away. and a few weeks ago. and so much did we enjoy their society. Our kind host greeted them most warmly.

and to partake of our good cheer. and the pleasure i nspired by the hope of a residence among us. even sooner tha n we anticipated. adding that she thought the isl to continue to bear the name of our native country. Meantime the scene at the harbour and all round Rockburg was of the liveliest d escription. Then came the question as to which of our sons were best suited to remain with us. as well as from Switzerland. I heartily approved of this excellent idea. merriment and excitement prevailed in all directions. in hopes that his health might benefit by a comfortable residence on shore. avenues and shrubberies. while consulting with Captain Littlestone on the subject of placing the island under t he protection of Great Britain. and comfortably es tablished in my room. until I was ready to believe their number three times what it actually was. and form a prosperous colony. Towards evening the universal excitement began to abate. Wolston was able to join us. as a salute of eleven guns boomed from th e battery on Shark Island. seemed to have given him new life. and his fam ily. which they did. However. should m ake a long stay on the island. No sooner was this plan adopted. than Fritz and Jack hurried off in the canoe t o prepare for their reception. and the party assemble d for supper with tolerable composure. like his own. thinking that in the course of a few days. a camp-bed for Mrs. when. and in that of his wife. and we agreed to mention it. This wish he now distinctly expressed in his own name. as the rest he had enjoyed. This point we left undecided. if they chose to return to Europe.From the with the class to and ought in future other two she would willingly part. it was proposed that Captain Littlestone shou ld bring his ship round to Safety Bay. with their eldest daughter. even if inhabited time by colonists from England. that we might receive a visit from him an d his party. Mr. while the younger daughter went for the present t . they w ould probably make a choice of their own accord. Still greater was their astonishment. But what words can express the amazement of our guests. the company was at length ind uced to be seated. where the royal standard of England was displayed and floated majestically on the morning breeze. and which to go away. He was carried on shore with the utmost care and tenderness. and the beautiful domain of Rockburg. so that a summons to dinner scarce ly attracted notice. if agreeable to us. After breakfast. whose health. Safety Bay. A glow of surprise and pleasure beamed on every countenance. Wolston. lay be fore them. inquiring what our intentions were. at Rockburg--where we invited the invalid. and the young people kept roaming about through our hitherto quiet lawns. as the beautie s and wonders of our residence were explored. and proposing. was delicate. being followed in more leisurely style by the bri g and our yacht. Mr. as a visit to Falconhurst was projected. Wolston being added to the furniture t here. that she might be able conveniently to attend on her husband. that they . rounding the Rock y Cape at the entrance. and poor Wolston's spirits appeared to revive with the very idea of the peace and happiness to be enjoyed in such a home. but the spirit of restlessn ess soon returned. understanding that they must endeavour to send out emigrants of a good join us.

His mother and I rejoice heartily in this de cision. and should expect to find myself caught and clapped into one. Mr. `success and happ iness to us who return to Europe!' and while the vaulted roofs rang with the che ering elicited by this toast. With sincere satisfaction. `Well. and when Fritz is gone. I could more easily than the rest. `Long life and happiness to those who make New Switzerland their home!' added E rnest to my great surprise. whom I have been ready to regard as my own. but it might be well for one member of the family to go home with the intention of remaining there altogether.' echoed on all sides. `Hurrah for New Switzerland! New Switzerland for ever!' shouted the whole compa ny enthusiastically. his mother's and Mr. long may she flourish. `Among a number of students there is some emulation and enthusiasm. as in his sight. laughing.' `Jack is not going to Europe. you lead good an d useful lives.' was his reply. and to shine on the stage he must needs go to Europe. `Prosperity to New Switzerland.' `A good school is exactly what I want. Wolston's. my dear son. if I ven tured too near them. . and a s I am the youngest.' `You may go.' said I. as they raised their glasses. `And now what is Jack's choice? The only talent I can say he possesses is that of a comic actor. and promise him all the highest scientific appointments in our power to bestow. to ring his glass with mine. `and God bless all our plans and resoluti ons. which so expressively denotes a joyful unanimity of sentiment. Wols ton would propose that his son should leave the Cape. leaning forward as he spoke. In the event of his ultimately deciding to settle altogether among us.' said Franz. my inclination will waver if all the cheers are for New Switzerland!' `Three cheers for England and Colonel Montrose. he must undertake for me the duty of bringing happiness to a mourning father by restoring to him this dear daughter. however. and join our colony. `Won't somebody wish long life and prosperity to those who go away?' inquired J enny with a pretty arch look. `Much as I long to return to England and my father . saying that it was my wish and that of my wife to remain for the rest of our days in New Switzerland.o her brother at the Cape of Good Hope. and the best shot in New Swit zerland.' cried Fritz.' I replied. notwithstanding her att achment to our family. a glance from Jenny showed him how much she thanke d him for appreciating her wish to return to her father. My father. by right of finding her cast on the shores of my island. The whole earth is the Lord's. there is your home. adapt myself to a differ ent life. will decide for me.' he continued. he will be the best rider. and I shall have a chance of rising in the world. `Fritz will probably return here some day. `The fact is. `Ernest chooses to remain with me. `He means to stay here. and where. when silence was restored. which is the summit of his ambition. `since Fritz resolves to go to Engla nd. however. `I rather stand in awe of their European schools. I welcomed this proposal. and made them touch with a mu sical ring.

for my self a weight was rolled from my heart. the only question is. In a long conversation with my sons I solemnly charged them with the future res ponsibilities of their life. corals. A short account of the wreck. After this nothing was thought of but making preparations for the departure of the dear ones bound for England. and a large share of my possessions in pearls. vege tables and fruit. I advised him to mention it to Colonel Montr . a list of which I had found. Everything was provided and packed up that could in any way add to our children 's comfort on the voyage. Many fel t that they were suddenly standing on the threshold of a new life. was given to Captain Littl estone. and jewels which I knew to hav e been the personal property of the captain of our ill-fated ship. fish. had oppressed me with anxiety. I committed to their care private papers. in all its varied aspects. having previously made known to me. while. money. furs. `Survivors from two wrecks have been discovered. to his heirs. for in our gratitude to him for his kindness and sympathy. pointing out the temptations to which their diffe rent characters were likely to expose them.' Deep emotion stirred every heart as the party separated for the night. and after a moment's pause the gallant of ficer spoke as follows: `I think my way in this matter is perfectly clear. instead of at the Cape. and I thanked God that a difficulty was solved which. or benefit them after their arrival in England. at the same time. and I consider that I have b een providentially guided to be the means of once more placing this family in co mmunication with their friends and with the civilized world. `My orders were to search for a shipwrecked crew.`And now that I know your wishes. I am requested to give to three persons a passage to E ngland. Fritz. but it was necessarily short. wit h the names of the crew. and exhorting them affectionately to hold fast to the faith in which they had been brought up. the ir fellow men. and themselves. so that incessant movement and indust ry pervaded the settlement for several days. and if England gains a prosperous and happy colony. of duty towards God. while. the Unicorn. desiring them to hand them over. it will prove a fitting clasp to this fortunate chain of events. `Every circumstance has been wonderfully ordered and linked together by Divine Providence. spices and other valuable s would enable them to take a good position in the world of commerce. whether Captain Littles tone will kindly enable you to carry them out?' All eyes were fixed eagerly upon him. for years. His ship. `Three passengers express a wish to leave my ship here. was amply stored by us with fresh provisions. what indeed was very evident. Three cheers for New Switzerlan d. if possible. the at tachment between himself and Jenny. we felt ready to offer every possible assistance. Captain Littlestone allowed as much time as he could spare. `Could anything suit better? I am most willing to undertake the charge of those who may be committed to my care.

Europe! I greet thee. Details Above** Swiss Family Robinson. dear old Switzerland! Like I had chronicled the events of our life. gladly bestowing mine. who are growing up in all . but it is very possible t hat it may be useful to other young people. eve r since the shipwreck. Tomorrow this clos ing chapter of my journal will pass into the hands of my eldest son. desiring that th e story might be printed and published. may New Switzerland flourish and prosper--good.ose as soon as possible after being introduced to him. by Johann David Wyss This edition (c)2000 by Pink Tree Press PO Box 16536 Salt Lake City. From afar I greet thee. under the eyes of parent al love. as did his mother. many more selections. and ask for his sanction to their engagement. and you four lads fair ly represent for more of The Castaways Collection includi ng <Masterman Ready>. and how good and pleasa nt a thing it is when brethren dwell together in unity. as you well know. I on my part. Details Below from http://manybooks. `Children are. `for the instruction and amusement of my children. **End of This COPYRIGHTED Project Gutenberg Etext. who loved the sweet gir l dearly. <The Mysterious Island>. On the evening before our separation. Eleanor Porter's beloved <Pollyanna> as well as he r almost-forgotten classic <Just David>. It will make me h appy to think that my simple narrative may lead some of these to observe how ble ssed are the results of patient continuance in well-doing. Utah 84116 ISBN 1-930860-50-1 COPYRIGHTED Project Gutenberg Etext. on the whole.' Night has closed around me. what benefits arise f rom the thoughtful application of knowledge and science. all pai nstakingly re-edited to suit the tastes of the Twenty-First Century homeschooler s and other interested readers. `It was written. I gave to Fritz the journal in which. For the last time my united family slumbers beneath my care. and heartily grieved to part with her. Other Editor's Cut(tm) Editions will include Gene Stratton-Porter's <Freckles> and <Girl of the Limberlost>. <Robinson Crusoe>. very much alike everywhere. happy and free! Did you enjoy this Editor's Cut(tm) edition? Then watch www. and many. and <In Search of the Castaways>.' said I.

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