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I MAKE ME A RAFT
 THERE was a great deal of water in the ship’s hold. But the
cabin and the storerooms were dry.
The boxes of food had not been touched by the water.
I was very hungry, but I had no time to lose. So I filled my
pockets with dry biscuits and ate them as I went about.
There were many things on the ship. They might be very
useful to me if I had them on shore. But there was no boat,
and how could I carry them there?
"I will make a raft." I said to myself.
There were several long pieces of timber on the deck. I tied
a rope to each of these so that it
 would not float away. Then I dropped them, one by one, over
the ship’s side.
After this I slid down my rope into the water, and tied
these timbers together. They formed a framework that was
strong and would not sink.
On top of this framework I laid all the boards I could find.
I now had a very good raft. It was large enough to carry a
great many things. All the time I was building it I was
planning how to load it.
In the cabin there were three strong boxes, such as sailors
use. These I emptied. Then I carried them out and let them
down upon my raft.
Of all the things on board, I would need food the most. So I
filled the first chest with bread, rice, cheese, and a few
pieces of meat.
I found also a small bag of grain, of which I took good
care. It was barley.
Then I began to look around for clothing, and found enough
to do for many a day.
While I was getting these together I happened to see the
carpenter’s chest. It was full of tools.
It was hard work to get it on the raft. I lifted and pulled.
I pulled and lifted; and at last I had it alongside of the
other boxes. How tired I was!