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                   29
a knife, we opened the shells with a hatchet. The milk of the cocoa-nut has not a pleasant flavour, but it is excellent for quenching thirst. What we liked best was a kind of solid cream which adheres to the shell, and which we scraped off. We mixed with it a little of the sap of our sugar-canes, and found this delicious.
These cocoa-nuts were certainly very superior to the one that we had at first picked up, being fresh and in fine condition. After this we gave poor Turk the rest of the lobster and what biscuit we had over, feeling we did not want it. He ate up every scrap and intimated he would have liked more, but we had nothing else to give him.
As we prepared to start once more, I tied all the cocoa-nuts, which had stalks, together, and threw them across my shoulder. Fritz resumed his bundle of sugar-canes. We divided the rest of the things between us, and continued our way towards home.
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