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

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steadily, and we knew it would continue for twelve weeks.
In spite of the great improvement in our quar­ters upon those of last year, there were many discomforts. There were but three openings in the grotto, besides the door: one in the kitchen, one in the work-room, and a third in my sleeping-chamber. The boys' room, and all the rest of our home, was in complete darkness.
To remedy this we planted a large bamboo upright in the centre of the cave, and hung the ship's lantern to the top of it, and as it was reflected by the many stalactites, it gave enough hght for general purposes.
We took the opportunity for arranging our little library on shelves; and we made in the workroom a turning-lathe and an anvil and forge, so that we could turn out quite business-like articles. We devoted some hours each day to the study of foreign languages, an arrangement that did not suit the restless Jack at all.
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