AN ADVENTURE WITH A SHARK 67
I agreed, therefore, to think seriously of the matter ; but said we must first contrive a storehouse among the rocks for our provisions and other things, and next we must throw a bridge across the river, if we were to pass it with all our family and baggage.'
' A bridge !' exclaimed my wife ; ' if we stay while you build a bridge, we may consider ourselves as fixed for life. Why should we not cross the river as we did before ? The ass and the cow will carry all we possess upon their backs.'
I insisted, however, that a bridge was necessary if we wished to keep our stores dry.
' Well, then, a bridge let there be,' said my wife, ' and you will leave our stock of gunpowder here, I hope ; for I am never happy with it so near us: a thunder-storm, or some thoughtless action of one of the boys, might bring about a serious explosion.'
This I agreed was very sensible; we need only take what we wanted from time to time.
So when we woke the boys our plans were already made. They were delighted to hear that a bridge was to be built, and still more so that we might in time go to live under the giant trees—a place which they at once christened ' The Promised Land.'