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

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and we should have caught more if we had not heard you call, for the river is quite full of them.'
' You took enough for once, my boy, said I, ' and I'm sure we shall all enjoy them.'
After we had discussed the subject a little further, my wife went back to the fire to begin cooking, and Fritz and I untied the raft of timbers and planks, and drew it inland. I then imitated the example of the Laplanders, in harnessing rein­deer to their sledges. I put a piece of rope, with a running knot at the end, round the neck of the donkey, and passed the other end between its legs ; to this rope I tied a piece of wood. The cow was harnessed in the same manner, and thus we made the animals pull all the timber bit by bit to the spot we had chosen for the bridge. It was a place where the shore on each side was steep, and of equal height; there was also an old trunk of a tree lying on the ground, which I foresaw would have its use.
' Now then, boys,' said I, ' the first thing is to see if our timbers are long enough to reach to the other side; measuring by my eye, I should think they are.'
' Let us tie a stone to the end of a ball of string,
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