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

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I RECEIVE A LETTER                      255
my assent, and we took there the two cannon we had brought from the ship. One can easily conceive how great were the obstacles that a man and four boys had to contend with, in order to con­vey two cannons to the island, and raise them on a platform more than fifty feet in height. It cost us immense labour even to effect the transport of the cannons. This work took us a whole day of hard labour; but at last they were landed on a plat­form, and established with their mouths toward the sea. We placed a long pole in the rock, with a string and pulley, so that we could hoist up a flag at any time. How glad we felt when our work was done ; and how proud we were of our ingenuity ! When we had crowned this military construction with a flag, even though I felt we must be economical in our use of powder, we fired our cannons six times, and the echo of the rocks repeated the noise over the ocean.
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