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

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WE GAIN A SAILING-BOAT                 143
allotted to peas and beans, and there another for all sorts of cabbage. Round each bed or plot were sown seeds of maize to serve as a border, to protect the young plants from the heat of the sun. Need­less to say, we were delighted by an idea so useful and so well carried out, that it came only second to our securing the pinnace.
Many other matters now required attention, for we had obtained the greater part of the cargo of the ship ; but almost all of it was at present in the open air, and liable to injury from both sun and rain. We therefore began to place the cargo safely under shelter along with our other stores.
The pinnace was anchored on the shore, and fastened with a rope, by her head, to a stake. When all our stores were thus disposed of, we began our journey to Falcon Stream, taking with us everything that seemed to be absolutely wanted for comfort, and we found that meant a good deal to carry.
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