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

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branches above, and hung down on every side ; so the idea occurred to me of nailing it to the paling, thus getting not only a roof, but two walls also. The immense trunk of the tree formed a third side, while in the fourth was the entrance to our hut; through which we could see what was outside, including the shore and the waves. The hammocks were soon hung on the branches, and after a hard afternoon's work we saw that we should be able to sleep in our new hut. When this was finished there was still a little daylight left, and noticing that all the planks had not been used, I suggested to Fritz, who had been a most hard-working and painstaking assistant all day, that we should make a table on which we could place our meals. It was not much of a table, I must confess, for we were both tired, but still, it was better than nothing, and when our supper was spread upon it by the roots of the great tree, it looked very nice. The three youngest boys had meantime collected all the pieces of wood we had thrown down from the tree, and a quantity of small twigs to form a supply for a fire.
Exhausted by the work of the day, I threw myself on the grass, and my wife having seated herself near me, I reminded her that the next day was Sunday, and suggested that as we had food to
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