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

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A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY                   23
'What makes you think that?' I asked. 'It seems to me much more like a cocoa-nut.'
And when he persisted in his opinion, I told him to split it open, in order that we might prove what it was.
This he did, and found I was right; but the nut, alas! from lying on the ground, had rotted, and could not be eaten, and appeared merely like a bit of dried skin.
Fritz was much amused at this.
' How I wish Ernest could have been here!' he cried. ' He envied me the fine large cocoa-nuts I was to find, and the whole teacupful of milk which was to spring out from the inside!'
' Never mind,' I said, ' we will find a good one before we go home, and take one to Ernest, too.'
After looking for some time we did really dis­cover another, and on opening it, were delighted to find it tolerably good. It was a little oily and rancid, it is true, yet we enjoyed it, and then went on with our exploration. We pushed our way across the wood, being often obliged to cut a path through the bushes, overrun by creeping plants, with our hatchet. At last we reached a plain, which we crossed before plunging again into a wood on the right.
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