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

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for the cow, the ass, the sheep, and goats, so that we had to give them our potatoes and sweet acorns. Fortunately we had laid in a sufficient stock of candles, and when darkness obliged us to light up, we sat round the table, where a large taper fixed on a gourd gave us a good light, so that my wife could sew while I wrote up my journal, and the boys amused themselves with the books we had taken from the Captain's chest; these proved a great resource, and taught them many things about the plants and birds they had lately seen.
Our diet was occasionally varied by a chicken, pigeon, or duck, from our poultry-yard, or some of the thrushes we had preserved in butter, and every four or five days we made fresh butter, and this, with honey spread on our manioc cakes, was a pleasant treat.
Our last job for the winter, undertaken at my wife's solicitation, was a machine called a beetle, for the flax, and some carding combs. These I made with some difficulty, but when finished the drying, peeling, and spinning of the flax became a source of pleasure to my wife.
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