ams of a superior quality.
We were loaded when we reached the boat. But Ned Land did not find his
provisions sufficient. Fate, however, favoured us. Just 南京419论坛 as we were pushing off, he
perceived several trees, from twenty-five to thirty feet high, a species of palmtree.
At last, at five o’clock in the evening, loaded with our riches, we quitted the shore, and half an hour after we hailed the Nautilus. No one appeared on our arrival. The enormous iron-plated cylinder seemed deserted. The provisions
embarked, I descended to my chamber, and after supper slept soundly.
The next day, 6th January, nothing new on board. Not a sound inside, not a
sign of life. The boat rested along the edge, in the same place in which we had
left it. We resolved to return to the island. Ned Land hoped to be more fortunate
than on the day before with regard to the hunt, and wished to visit another part of
At dawn we set off. The boat, carried on by the waves that flowed to shore,
reached the island in a few 南京龙凤网 minutes.
We landed, and, thinking that it was better to give in to the Canadian, we followed Ned Land, whose long limbs threatened to distance us. He wound up the coast towards the west: then, fording some 南京水磨会所 torrents, he gained the high plain
that was bordered with admirable forests. Some kingfishers were rambling along
the water-courses, but they would not let themselves be approached. Their
circumspection proved to me that these birds knew what to expect from bipeds
of our species, and I concluded that, if the island was not inhabited, at least human beings occasionally frequented it.
After crossing a rather large prairie, we arrived at the skirts of a little wood
that was enlivened by the songs and flight of a large number of birds.
“There are only birds,” said Conseil.
“But they are eatable,” replied the harpooner.
“I do not agree with you, friend Ned, for I see only parrots there.”