A NIGHT ALARM S7
him the cocoa-nuts in exchange for the gun, but this he was ashamed to do ; so, as he happened to be carrying the sugar-canes too, an idea occurred to him.
' I have only,' he said, ' to get rid of these sticks, then I can carry the gun in my hand.'
' I would advise you not to find the sticks heavy, either,' said Fritz dryly ; ' you will be sorry if you do, for, as it happens, they are sugar-canes!'
' Sugar-canes ! sugar-canes 1' exclaimed all the boys at once, and, surrounding Fritz, made him tell them exactly how to suck the juice out.
My wife also was quite astonished and much interested, so I told her about all our treasures. She was by far the most delighted with the plates and dishes, because they were indispensably necessary.
By this time we had reached our camp, and saw with pleasure the preparations for a good supper. On one side of the fire was a turnspit, which my wife had made by driving two forked pieces of wood into the ground and placing a long stick, sharpened at one end, across them. By this invention she could roast fish or other food with the help of little Francis, who was entrusted with the
care of turning it round from time to time. She