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Robinson Crusoe

Written anew for children
By james Baldwin

Text courtesy of Lisa at The Baldwin Project.

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Chapter 10
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, and 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 should I protect myself from them? In the captains room I found two good guns with a bag of shot and a powderhorn.there were two old swords, very rusty and dull and also a small pistol. By looking around I found three small kegs of powder. Two of these were dry but the other was wet and good for nothing. 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 or any sail for my raft, but the water was smooth, the tide was coming and a gentle wind was blowing towards the land. I loosed the rope that held the little raft to the ship and soon began my little voyage. The tide was now so high that the dry land was much further away than when I came out but the raft floated smoothly along and I drew nearer and nearer to the shore. Just as I thought I was safe, I found myself entering a strong current which carried me into a narrow bay much farther from my first landing place.

there the raft stuck fast on an ugly sand bar and was like to be tipped was all I could do to keep the heavy boxes from slipping off into the water. The tide was still rising however and 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. Wih high banks on each side.with a piece of plank for an oar, I pushed the raft towards the bank on my right. The water was now so shallow that I could reach the bottom . the raft floated slowly onwards until it reached a little cove into which I pushed it. The water there was quite still. I looked around for a place to land, but the banks were still too steep. If I tipped one end of the raft onto the bank, the other end might tilt so low as to tip all of my goods into the water.. the best I could do was to wait until 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 an at last reached a level with the bank. I waited a little longer and the tide was beginning to flow out.With all my might I pushed the raft into this shallow place. The tide ebbed fast and soon the raft was left high and dry on the land. It was easy now to unload the goods and carry them to a safe place.

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