I HAVE A STRANGE VISITOR
 THE next morning, when the tide was at its lowest I swam out
to the ship again.
There were still many things on board of it that might be
useful to me in my island home. I wished to save all that I
I climbed up the ship's side just as I had done the day
Before looking for anything I made another raft, just like
the first one, but smaller. It was not so easy to make, for
I had used up all the best planks. It was neither so large
nor so strong as the first raft.
In the carpenter's shop I found three bags of nails and a
grindstone. I found also a box full of little hatchets and a
small barrel of musket balls.
In the captain's room I found six or seven guns, which I had
overlooked before, and another keg of powder.
 All these things I loaded with much care upon my raft.
Then I gathered up as many clothes as I could find; also a
spare sail, a hammock, and some bedding.
The raft was now quite full. The things were not heavy, but
they made a large pile.
When the tide turned for the shore, I cut loose and was soon
I had found a good oar in the ship. This I used as a paddle,
and I had no trouble in guiding the raft to the right
I looked to see if the goods were safe which I brought over
the day before.
There, on one of my chests, I saw a strange animal sitting.
She looked like a wild cat.
As I went toward her, she jumped down and ran a little way.
Then she stood still.
I followed. She stood very firm and looked in my face. She
looked as though she had a mind to get acquainted.
I pointed my gun at her, and shouted. But she did not care
I had a bit of biscuit in my pocket. This I now tossed
toward her. "Take this and begone," I shouted.
 Biscuits were not so many that I could well spare any. But I
spared the poor animal this little bit.
It rolled quite close to her nose. She smell of it and ate
it. Then she looked up for more.
"Thank you, I have no more to give you," I said.
Whether she understood me, I do not know. But, with that,
she turned and marched away.
I now set to work to get my second cargo on shore. It was no
easy task, and I had to make many trips to and from the
When everything was safely landed, I made me a little tent
with the sail and some poles that I cut.
Then I put everything into the tent that needed to be kept
dry. The empty boxes, I piled outside. They made a kind of
wall around the tent, like the wall of a fort.
"This will keep the wild beasts out," I said.
By this time the day was nearly done. I spread one of the
beds on the ground. I laid two loaded pistols near its head,
and one of the guns by one side of it.
Then I crept in and was soon fast asleep.