THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON - online book

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

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AN ENGLISH SHIP
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coast, where he had renewed his wood and water. ' It was then,' added he, ' that we heard the reports of cannon, which we answered ; on the third day new discharges convinced us that we were not alone on the coast, and we resolved to wait until, by some means or other, we discovered who were our companions in misfortune. But we find an organized colony and a maritime power, whose alliance I solicit in the name of the sovereign of Great Britain.'
We then went on deck, where he spoke kindly to Emily, and told her that her father was alive and well.
The captain had brought with him an English family, consisting of Mr. Wolston, a distinguished engineer, who had come in search of health, his wife, and two daughters. They had all been much upset during the storm, and gladly accepted our invitation to spend the night with us at Cliff House. The captain would have been pleased to come too, but did not like to leave his ship.
It is difficult to express the astonishment which was evinced by the Wolston family on seeing all our arrangements. We showed them the giant-tree of Falcon's Nest, and Cliff House, with its rocky vault. We all had supper together in the
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