THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON - online book

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

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A NIGHT ALARM
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eat, offering it everything he could think of, but that it would not touch anything. I suggested that they should try it with some of the milk from the cocoa-nuts. This they did, and each boy in turn amused himself with making it suck the corner of his pocket handkerchief dipped in the milk of the cocoa-nut. The monkey seemed pleased with this food, and I began to hope we might rear it. We decided to call it Nip.
The boys were beginning to break some more of the nuts with the hatchet, after having drawn out the milk through the three little holes, when I told them to stop and to bring me a saw. The thought had struck me that, by dividing the nuts carefully, the two halves, when scooped out, would make teacups or basins, which would be very useful in addition to our gourd-bowls. Jack, who was always the quickest, brought me the saw. With this I divided the nuts, and soon we each had a new cup ; and I firmly believe that never did the most magnificent service of china give half the pleasure to its possessor that these rough cups and bowls, which we had made ourselves from gourds and cocoa-nuts, gave to us. Fritz suddenly remembered the wine in his flask, but when he tasted it, he made a wry face and said it was like vinegar.
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