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

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THE ANIMALS SWIM ASHORE               6$
to be a wood was only a group of about fourteen of them, the trunks of which seemed to be supported in their upright position by arches on each side, these arches being formed by the roots of the tree.
'Jack climbed with considerable trouble upon one of these arch-formed roots, and with a pack­thread in his hand measured the actual circum­ference of the tree itself. He found that it was about thirty feet. It seemed to me that, if it could be managed, a tent or camp of some sort in one of these trees would be a safer and more comfortable refuge than our present tent. The twigs of the tree are strong and thick ; its leaves moderately Large in size, and rather like those of the hazel tree ; but I was unable to discover that it bore any fruit. Immediately under its branches grew in great abundance a short thick kind of plant. It was so shady under this great dome of leaves that I resolved to go no further, but to enjoy its delicious coolness till it should be time to return.
' A stream flowed at our feet. As it seemed just the place for lunch, we opened the bags we had brought, and enjoyed ourselves exceedingly. Our dogs joined us, but to my great surprise they did not ask for anything to eat, but lay down quietly, and were soon asleep at our feet. When we were
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