I FIND A GREAT STORE OF THINGS
 THE next day I went to the ship again. This I kept up for
more than a week.
Every day I brought a load of things to the shore.
At last there was nothing left that one pair of hands could
lift. But I do believe that if the fine days had held out, I
would have brought away the whole ship.
You ask how I would have done that? I would have cut it into
pieces and brought one piece at a time.
The last thing that I found was a secret drawer in the
cabin. In that drawer there was some money.
A part of this money was in gold pieces—"pieces of eight,"
we called them. The rest was in silver.
 I smiled to myself when I saw this money.
"O useless stuff!" I cried. '"What are you good for now? You
are not worth picking up. This little old knife is worth
much more. I have no manner of use for you. Lie there, where
you are, and go to the bottom."
I was about to leave the cabin when I looked around again.
The bright pieces were so pretty that I could not bear to
So I put them all in a strong bag and tied it around my
waist like a belt.
"It will not do to throw good money away," I said.
When I went up on deck the wind was blowing hard. Dark
clouds were beginning to cover the sky. The waves were
rolling high. A storm was coming.
I saw that it was time for me to hurry back to the shore.
I let myself down into the water and began to swim. The sea
was rough. The money was heavy. It was all I could do to
reach the land.
I hastened home to my little tent. The storm had already