FRITZ AND I VISIT THE WRECK 47
summoned back, for we should have a great deal to do.
We took nothing with us but our guns and some powder and shot, knowing we should find provisions on board; yet I agreed to carry with us the young monkey, so that we could give it some milk from the cow or from a goat.
We set off in silence, watching the figures on shore growing smaller and smaller. Fritz rowed steadily, and I did my best to help him by rowing from time to time with the oar which served me for a rudder.
We had to rest at intervals, but at last we ran into a current, made by the flow of the river into the sea, and this carried us easily out. So eventually we found ourselves safely at the side of the ship, and could fasten our boat securely to one of its timbers.
Fritz went at once, with his young monkey on his arm, to the main deck, where he found all the animals we had left on board assembled. They all showed pleasure at our arrival, though they were not hungry, having still some of the food and water we had left them remaining. The first thing we did was to put the young monkey to one of the goats, that he might suck for himself; and this he