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presently he called out suddenly, holding his nose as he spoke, ' What a filthy smell!'
' Yes,' said Jack quietly, ' it comes from my belt, but it will be all right when it dries,' and he danced about, not minding it in the least himself, until even Fritz had to laugh and forget his ill-humour.
Being now very hungry, T told Fritz to bring us the Westphalia ham.
' A ham !' cried they all. ' Oh, what a treat!'
' You shall have an omelette to eat with it,' my wife remarked, and showed us about a dozen turtle's eggs, and then hurried away to cook them.
'I found them,' said Ernest. ' They are the very same that Robinson Crusoe found in his island ! They are like white balls, covered with a skin like wetted parchment, and they were buried in the sand upon the shore.'
It was now time to make a movement, so with the help of the boys I unharnessed the remainder of the animals and returned to the tent.
In the meanwhile my wife had prepared the omelette, and spread a table-cloth on the end of the cask of butter, upon which she had placed some of the plates and silver spoons we had brought from the ship. The ham was in the middle, and the omelette and the cheese opposite to each other ;