234 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
it. Then I handed it to Francis, who had lost his cap the day before.
Francis was a beautiful child, and he looked very handsome in it. His auburn curls fell over his forehead, and his fair complexion shone out beneath the rich red hat. His brothers looked at him with envy, and clamoured for a similar adornment.
But materials were wanting, and I engaged my boys to procure as many rat skins as possible. I began by making a lot of rat traps, similar to those used in Europe, and armed with these, we set off for the resort of the rats.
For bait I employed a sort of little fish that we found in abundance in the marsh, and which the rats appeared very fond of. My traps succeeded, and we returned to the grotto with an ample supply of rat skins.
Our hat - manufacturing occupied us about ten days, and we were very successful.