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

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upwards from branch to branch, till they had reached the very top. I called out to them to take great care in coming down, for it was almost night, and the light of the moon scarcely penetrated the thick foliage. They soon appeared without any accident, and then I told them to gather together all our animals, and to get what dry wood we should want for making fires, which we must keep up through the night as a precaution against the attacks of wild beasts.
My wife now showed me the work she had been busy with throughout the day ; some harness for the cow and the ass. Then we had our supper, while all the animals stood round us. My wife threw some grain to the fowls, and afterwards the pigeons flew up to the top of the giant tree, while the cocks and hens perched, cackling all the time, upon the rounds of the ladder. The cow and donkey we tied to the arched roots of the tree, quite near to our hammocks. Our beautiful flamingo was not forgotten. Fritz fed him with some crumbs of biscuit soaked in milk, and afterwards, putting his head under his right wing, and tucking up one leg, he went quietly to sleep, too ignorant of the ways of human beings to have any dread of them.
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