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my task, we sat down to our breakfast, which we much enjoyed; and therefore felt some little regret that we had not been able to find any cacao trees in our way through the woodland, though our eyes had sought them in every direction. "Edward," observed my Eliza, "there seems much confusion in this name of cocoa! For the great nuts with the milk, are called cocoa-nuts; and the roots here, so like a potatoe, which you are going to plant, are also called cocoas; and the nut from which we made this chocolate yesterday, is in England called cocoa. I cannot comprehend how it should happen, that so many dissimilar things should receive the same name!”—“ I can perhaps solve the difficulty, dear Eliza,” replied I; "for I know the chocolate nut is not spelt cocoa, but сасао; and the root is spelt cocco. I suppose them to be all Spanish appellations, and if properly pronounced might be sufficiently distinctive." But being more intent on my planting, than the discussion of philological questions, "Tell me, dear,” said I, giving a practical turn to the conversation, "did not we bring two large sugar canes from Jamaica? what has become of them? They are not lost, I hope! for they would grow well where I have been just digging; and although there is plenty of sugar on board, yet I should like to make two or three cuttings from the canes, and put them into this ground. They might prove useful to others, if not to ourselves." She approved my intention; and, after our talk, I again went to work with my spade; during which, she cut the yams: and before
noon-tide, we had planted a good space with both yams and coccos; and not a few pumpkin and melon seeds, were put in, in various directions.
On our return home, I stopped at the fountain to wash the basket, that had been soiled by its employment last evening; and, as it was our only one, I was sorry to perceive it rather worn by the hard duty I had made it perform." Never mind, dear Edward," cried my wife; "I am neither a king nor a queen, but I think I shall be able to show you that I can be a basket-maker; and I will soon replace it." "Heaven's best gift!" I exclaimed : then taking her arm in mine, we proceeded to our deeply-shaded wooden palace; and there we reposed in the Spanish style for an hour or two, during the heat of the day; after which we amused ourselves, while sitting on the platform, with observing the happy liberty of our dumb companions; the cock and hens dusting themselves opposite to us, almost burying themselves as they knocked up the sand with their feet and wings. At length I roused myself from this pleasant trifling. In truth, the mind as well as body becomes gradually subject to lassitude, and can only entertain itself then by what gives it least trouble. I, however, got up, and Eliza with me. Fidele was always on the alert, when we moved. And now, reminding ourselves about the sugar-canes, we repaired to the vessel to search for them. After no small patience and investigation, we at last found them in the steerage. I also took thence a piece of rope, which I unlaid, and then re-made into a sort of plait, which sailors call gasket. With this I constructed two articles, to be
used something in the way of a step-ladder. A fathom of this gasket-work, being fastened end to end, made one; and the other was like it. When both were finished, I told my wife, by the help of these facilities, I thought I could get down the cocoa-nuts without felling the trees for that purpose; and that on the morrow afternoon we would put them to the trial. She was quite delighted with the invention and idea; for, of all things, her kindly spirit disliked destruction of any sort, and especially when it was to be the price for only some personal gratification. For this, she regaled me with a pine-apple, that was becoming over ripe; the top of which we twisted out, with great care, for planting. It was now time to retire to our marine lodgings.
Saturday, 19th.-The early dawn found us on our way to our little garden of Eden, "to dress and to keep it ;" and, besides our usual articles for the purpose, we did not neglect to take our pineapple top, and three cuttings of sugar-cane (with two joints in each), to put into the rich ground I had discovered between the cotton tree and the lake. Before ten o'clock, I had disposed of all these stocks of future progeny; and having so far succeeded to our satisfaction, we cheerfully retrod our steps, to recruit ourselves at the spring. My wife took her station on the fragment of rock on which we had first sat, with our faithful little dog beside us, and tasted that pleasant water with thankfulness to the good God who had brought us into such a haven. Fidele, too, seemed pleased in contemplating the scene of his first exploit with the iguana':
and in this agreeable fellowship of past recollections, I left my two dear companions for a while; trudging away myself towards the rocky point that projects into the lake, to visit my earliest beds of melon and pumpkin seeds, which had now been more than a fortnight planted. I was delighted to see them all above ground; and called to my Eliza, to come and partake of my glad surprise. The sight of them, was like that of the first teeth of the first child to its fond parents—a subject of joy and exultation. I cleared the earth round them with the hoe; and then took a look at the first pine-top, to which I gave a little water, and secured the tops of the split shingles, which I had placed round in the form of a cone, to preserve it from the goats. This was necessary, for they, together with the ducks, were now almost always about the spring.
Before noon we adjourned to the plank house, and were agreeably saluted there by the cackling of one of the hens, just strutting out from the thicket. "Thank you, madam," said I; "you have begun a good work: I understand you, and will soon endeavour to find the treasure you have deposited." My dear wife was much amused by my address to dame Partlet, and joined with me in the pleasantry. I lost no time in making the search; and, after some time, found the welcome egg, a little on one side of the cave's mouth, in a convenient retreat, made by the fortuitous arrangement of some small fragments of rock. There was no reason for removing thence what we must yet consider as the nest egg, but the fear of one we never had occasion to doubt before—our useful and faithful little dog.
We knew that dogs have as keen a relish for the delicacies of the hen-roost, as the best of us; and we did not like to leave open a possible cause for temptation, and therefore of displeasure towards our dumb and unwitting friend and companion. It was therefore resolved to bring the egg into the house, and place it in safety on a shelf, while I went to work with some shingles, and a few pieces of plank, to construct a house for our fowls to lay, and ultimately to hatch in. Eliza had gradually acquired courage in our situation; and she proposed going the while, with Fidele, to the margin of the lake, to gather some of the large reeds or canes which the late storm had driven on shore, and then try to make baskets of them. I did not oppose her, for there was no apparent danger, and she would not be far from me. She took her pike in her hand; and followed, or rather preceded, by Fidele, set off on her expedition. I had conceived the plan of my depository for our fowls, which I regulated in size according to the length of the shingles (about two feet long each); and with these, and a few pieces of plank, I erected a place on four props, about the size of one of the large chests of tea from China, in about a couple of hours. But before I had half finished, Eliza rejoined me, with nearly two dozen capital canes, or large reeds, which she laid down beside me in the cave, while she brought forth some beautiful shells she had picked up, that had been cast up by the late storm, and which she now arranged on a piece of board that lay near us. They were indeed very perfect and highly polished; and, as she displayed them before