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I CARRY SOME THINGS ASHORE
 IT was now past noon, and the tide was coming in. I could
not stop to rest.
"I have food, I have clothing, I have tools," I said to
myself. "What do I need next?"
Then I thought of the wild animals and wild men that I might
meet on the shore. "How shall I protect myself from them?" I
In the captain's room I found two good guns with a bag of
shot and a powderhorn. There were also two old swords, very
rusty and dull, and a pair of big pistols.
By looking around, I found also three small kegs of powder.
Two of these were dry, but the other was wet and good for
It took more than an hour to get all these safely
 placed on my raft. I now had quite a heavy load, and I began
to wonder how I should take it to the shore.
I had no oars nor any sail for my raft. But the water was
smooth, the tide was flowing in, and a gentle wind was
blowing toward the land.
I loosed the rope that held the raft to the ship, and soon
began my little voyage.
The tide was now so high that the dry land was much farther
away than when I came out. But the raft floated smoothly
along, and drew nearer and nearer to the shore.
Just as I thought myself safe, I found that I was entering a
strong current which carried me into a narrow bay far from
my first landing place.
There the raft stuck fast on an ugly sand bar, and was like
to be tipped over. It was all I could do to keep the heavy
boxes from slipping off into the water.
But the tide was still rising. Soon the raft floated free
and glided slowly along again with the current.
In a short time I found that I was being carried up into a
little river with high banks on each side.
With a piece of plank for an oar I pushed the
 raft toward the shore on my right. The water was now so
shallow that I could reach the bottom.
The raft floated slowly onward until it reached a little
cove into which I pushed it. The water there was quite
I looked around for a place to land. But the banks were
steep, and if I ran one end of my raft upon the shore, the
other end might sink so low as to slide all my goods into
The best I could do was to wait till the tide was at its
highest. Then I might push a little farther inland where the
bank was somewhat lower.
This I did.
The tide rose higher and higher. At last, to my
joy, the water reached the top of the bank. It covered a
level spot of ground beyond.
I waited a little longer. The water on the level space was a
foot deep. The tide was beginning to flow out.
With all my might I pushed the raft into this shallow place.
The tide ebbed fast. Soon the raft was left high and dry on
It was easy now to unload the goods and carry them to a safe