A close family who has found themselves stranded on an
island after a shipwreck - By J. D. Wyss

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SHIPWRECK                                 3
he and I looked about for some small empty barrels; these we tied two and two together, and fastened them under the arms of each child.
Fritz then lay down, and was soon asleep; but his mother and I kept watch throughout this awful night. In the morning the sky was brighter, and the wind had fallen.
The boys sprang up in capital spirits, and Fritz advised that we should swim to land while the sea was calm. Ernest, the second boy, protested, not being able to swim himself, and suggested a raft.
I sent them all to look about the ship, and bring what things they could find that were likely to be useful, while I and my wife discussed the situation.
Presently they all rejoined me, bringing various treasures. Fritz had two guns, some powder and shot and bullets; Ernest produced a lot of car­penter's tools ; while Jack, the third boy, came up laughing on the back of a huge dog, named Turk, and followed by another called Flora The poor creatures had almost knocked him down in their eagerness when he had released them ; and though at first I thought more of the food they would eat than of their usefulness, I agreed they
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