68 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
We now began to look about for breakfast, Fritz taking care not to neglect his monkey, who sucked one of the goats as contentedly as if she had been its mother. My wife undertook to milk another, and then the cow, and afterwards she gave some of the milk to each of the children. The rest she put into one of the flasks, so that we could take it with us.
While this was going on I was getting the boat ready for another journey to the ship, to bring away planks and timbers for the bridge. After breakfast we set out; and this time I took Ernest as well as Fritz, as we should need all available workers.
To Ernest our expedition afforded the highest delight. We rowed till we reached the current from the river, which soon sent us on beyond the bay ; but scarcely had we passed a little islet, lying to one side of us, than we saw a number of sea-gulls and other birds, so we steered for the spot to see what drew them together.
Fritz, for his part, did not for a moment take his eyes from the islet where the birds were. Suddenly he exclaimed:
! I see what it is; the birds are all pecking at a huge dead fish.'
We approached near enough to land, and after