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I HAVE A GREAT FRIGHT
 THE very next day after my cave was finished a frightful thing
happened. I came near losing everything and my own life as
I will tell you about it.
I was busy behind my tent when I heard a fearful noise above
my head. Before I could look up, a great load of earth and
stones came tumbling down.
It was a wonder that I was not buried alive. I was scared,
for I thought the whole top of the cave was falling in.
I ran out and climbed over my wall. The great rock behind my
castle seemed to be shaking. Stones and earth were rolling
down its side.
"An earthquake! an earthquake!" I cried.
The ground shook. A tall rock that stood between me and the
seashore toppled over and fell. The noise was the most
frightful I ever heard.
There were three shocks about eight minutes
 apart. The strongest building you ever saw would have been
I was so frightened that I did not know what to do. I sat on
the ground and could not move. I could only cry, over and
over again, "Lord, have mercy on me!"
After the third shock was over I began to grow braver. But
still I sat on the ground, wondering what would come next.
All at once the sky was overcast. Dark clouds rolled over
the sea. The wind began to blow. A dreadful hurricane was at
The sea was covered with foam. The waves were mountain high.
On the shore, trees were torn up by the roots. If my tent
had not been well sheltered behind the great rock, it would
have been carried away.
The hurricane lasted fully three hours. Then the rain began
to pour down.
All this time I sat on the ground outside, too much
frightened to go back into my castle.
Toward night the rain slackened, and I ventured over my
wall. The tent was half beaten down. So I crept through into
the cave. I was half afraid that even it would tumble down
on my head.