228 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
ourselves on our sacks of cotton and went to sleep.
The next day we discovered a new treasure: our hen-house had received an addition of twenty chickens, the product of some eggs Jack had brought home in his hat.
It was long after noon when our weary journey was finished and we once more arrived at Clifi House. We were worn out with fatigue; the sun's rays had been pouring down on our heads all day, and our strength was so exhausted we could scarcely give our animals their evening food.
The day after our arrival my wife began a ' spring cleaning.' Windows were opened, beds aired, and all swept and garnished.
We had tied the ostrich at first under a tree, and securely fastened his feet; but we changed his situation, and now tied him to one of the strong bamboo columns that supported the gallery.
We next looked at the eggs, and tried them with warm water to see if we could still hatch them. I found that a few had life in them, so I constructed an oven, in which I placed them as if it were an incubator.
We then installed our Angora rabbits on Shark