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

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While we had been away, Fritz had caught a young eagle that he thought he might train to hunt like a falcon. I was doubtful of his being able to accomplish this, and when he had finished talking I made a fire and put a good deal of green wood on it to make a thick smoke, over which I meant to hang the buffalo meat I had salted, to preserve for our future use. The young buffalo was beginning to browse, and we gave him some milk and mashed potatoes, which he ate willingly. Early next morning we were ready to return to Falcon Stream. Our buffalo was yoked with the cow, and was very tractable. It is true I led him by the cord in his nose, and this kept him in check. We returned the same way as we came, and reached the wax and gum trees without any accident. The elastic gum had not yielded as much as I expected, but we got enough to make a pair of waterproof boots as I had wished. On the way back we had another alarm on account of our old sow, who now appeared with a litter of seven little ones, a sight I was pleased to see.
On arriving at Falcon Stream, Fritz in­cautiously uncovered the eyes of his eaglet, which became unmanageable, and would have been lost altogether had not Ernest suggested stupifying
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