22 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
our left was the sea, and we kept on along the shore, after having got clear of the tall grass; but though we looked in all directions, we could see no trace of any of the shipwrecked sailors.
Fritz suggested firing his gun from time to time, that, should they be near us, they might know we were there.
But this I objected to, reminding him that the sound might also bring down savages upon us, if there were any in the island, and that it would be as well not to fire unless it was necessary.
When we had gone about four miles, we turned inland and threw ourselves on the ground, by the side of a clear, running stream, and, taking out our food, refreshed ourselves. Presently our attention was attracted by strange noises made by birds in the trees, and when we caught a glimpse of the birds, we saw that their plumage was of brilliant colours.
Fritz also said that he had seen some animals like apes among the bushes, and just then Turk began to bark so loud that the wood resounded with the noise. Fritz, bewildered by so many excitements, sprang up, and as he did so stumbled on a small round body which lay on the ground; he handed it to me, observing that it must be the nest of some bird.