remarkable on sea or land. It was past twelve before they reached the Island, and Rose was ready for her lunch long before she got it.
Now this is lovely! I do wish the boys were here. Wont it be nice to have them with us all their vacation? Why, it begins to-day, doesnt it? Oh, I wish Id remembered it sooner, and perhaps they would have come with us, she said, as they lay luxuriously eating sandwiches under the old apple-tree.
So we might. Next time we wont be in such a hurry. I expect the lads will take our heads off when they find us out, answered Dr. Alec, placidly drinking cold tea.
Uncle, I smell a frying sort of a smell, Rose said, pausing suddenly as she was putting away the remains of the lunch half an hour later.
So do I; it is fish, I think.
For a moment they both sat with their noses in the air, sniffing like hounds; then Dr. Alec sprang up, saying with great decision
Now, this wont do! No one is permitted on this island without asking leave. I must see who dares to fry fish on my private property.
Taking the basket on one arm and the bundle on the other, he strode away towards the traitorous smell, looking as fierce as a lion, while Rose marched behind under her umbrella.
We are Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday going to see if the savages have come, she said presently, for her fancy was full of the dear old stories that all children love so well.
And there they are! Two tents and two boats, as I live! These rascals mean to enjoy themselves, thats evident.
There ought to be more boats and no tents. I wonder where the prisoners are?
There are traces of them, and Dr. Alec pointed to the heads and tails of fishes strewn on the grass.
And there are more, said Rose, laughing, as she pointed to a scarlet heap of what looked like lobsters.
The savages are probably eating their victims now; dont you hear the knives rattle in that tent?
We ought to creep up and peep; Crusoe was cautious, you know, and Friday scared out of his wits, added Rose, still keeping up the joke.
But this Crusoe is going to pounce upon them, regardless of consequences. If I am killed and eaten, you seize the basket and run for the boat; there are provisions enough for your voyage home.
With that Uncle Alec slipped round to the front of the tent and, casting in the big bundle like a bomb- shell, roared out, in a voice of thunder
A crash, a shout, a laugh, and out came the savages, brandishing knives and forks, chicken bones, and tin mugs, and all fell upon the intruder, pommelling him unmercifully as they cried
You came too soon! We are not half ready! Youve spoilt it all! Where is Rose?
Here I am, answered a half-stifled voice, and Rose was discovered sitting on the pile of red flannel bathing clothes, which she had mistaken for lobsters, and where she had fallen in a fit of merriment when she discovered that the cannibals were her merry cousins.
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