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half-roast the birds before putting them into butter, to be preserved for future use. She said also that, as I had now a sledge, I might go to Tent House after dinner to fetch the cask of butter. I had no objection to this, and determined to go to Tent House the same day. I decided to take Ernest with me this time, and was pleased to see that Fritz displayed no jealousy at the proposal; in fact, at the moment of departure he presented us with cases of his own workmanship, made from his wild-cat skin, which were intended to hold spoons and knives and forks, while room was left in the middle for a little hatchet. We thanked him for his gifts, which were really very well done.
We had harnessed the donkey and the cow to our sledge; we each took a piece of bamboo cane in hand to serve as a whip; and resting our guns upon our shoulders, began our journey. Flora was to come with us, and Turk to remain behind. We took the road by the seashore, for the sledge ran more easily here than in the thick wild grass. We reached Family Bridge, on Jackal River, and arrived at Tent House without adventure, and unharnessed the animals to let them graze, while we set to work to load the sledge with the cask of butter, the cask of cheese, a small barrel of gun-