A NIGHT ALARM 35
Then we re-crossed, and heard their happy exclamations.
' A monkey ! a live monkey ! Oh, what fun ! How did you catch him ? What a droll face he has!'
' He is very ugly,' said little Francis, half afraid to touch him.
' He is much prettier than you,' retorted Jack, ' only see, he is laughing ! I wish I could see him eat.'
' Ah, if we had but some cocoa-nuts J' cried Ernest. ' Could you not find any ?'
' Have you brought me any cocoa-nut milk ?' asked Francis.
Then, noticing the sugar-canes, cocoa-nuts, and gourds, they broke forth again in a chorus, though they had not the least idea what these things were.
Questions and exclamations succeeded each other with such rapidity as to leave no time to answer them.
At length, when all became a little quieter, I answered that we had had a fortunate day and made many wonderful discoveries, but had seen no trace of our shipmates whom we had gone out to seek.
Then the boys all hastened to relieve us of the