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

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DRAWN BY A TURTLE                     125
which no doubt he meant to sell to the rich planters of Port Jackson, or give to the savages. In the collection were several gold and silver watches, buckles, shirt-buttons, necklaces, rings, as wrell as coin. I chose the two watches— already promised—and took a purseful of coin as a toy for Francis; but it amused me to consider of how little value these things were in our present position. The discovery that delighted me most was a chest containing some dozens of young plants of every species of European fruits, which had been carefully packed in moss for transportation. I found pear, plum, almond, peach, apple, apricot, chestnut trees, and vine shoots. In another place were bars of iron, and large pigs of lead, grinding-stones, cart-wheels ready for mounting, a complete set of farrier's instruments, tongs, shovels, plough­shares, rolls of iron and copper wire, sacks full of maize, peas, oats, vetches, and even a little hand-mill. The ship had been freighted with everything likely to be useful in a distant colony. We found a saw-mill, in separate parts, but each piece num­bered, and so accurately fitted that it would be quite easy to put it together for use.
I had now to consider which of all these treasures I should take or leave. It was impossible to carry
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