LANDING ON THE DESERT ISLAND
By break of day we were all awake and alert, and I began to give orders to my little crew. First we gave each animal on board a hearty meal, and then put food and water enough for several days near them, as we hoped to come back and fetch them shortly. Our first cargo consisted of a barrel of gunpowder, three guns, and three rifles with ammunition, two pairs of pocket-pistols, a chest containing cakes of portable soup, another full of hard biscuits, an iron pot, a fishing-rod, a chest of nails and another of carpenter's tools, and, lastly, some sail-cloth to make a tent.
When all was ready we each stepped bravely into a tub. At the moment of our departure the cocks and hens, of which there were numbers on board, began to cluck as if to protest against being left behind. So we put some of them into one of