He Was Carried Far Down The Stream; But
Being An Excellent Swimmer, He Succeeded In His Attempt.
were lashed around the middle, and, heaved into the stream, were
dragged through the river to the
Opposite bank, as well as the
tent, and such things as could not be injured much by the water.
Several of the men, as well as myself, were also dragged through
the water; each of the boys being attended by the best swimmers;
but when we came to the letter-boxes and valuables, we could suggest
no means to take them over. Two camps were accordingly made, one
on each side of the stream; the one on the bank which I had just
left occupying an ant-hill of considerable height; while my party
had to content itself with a flat, miry marsh. An embankment of
soil, nearly a foot high, was thrown up in a circle thirty feet
in diameter, in the centre of which my tent was pitched, and
around it booths were erected.
It was an extraordinary and novel position that we found ourselves
in. Within twenty feet of our camp was a rising river, with flat,
low banks; above us was a gloomy, weeping sky; surrounding us on
three sides was an immense forest, on whose branches we heard the
constant, pattering rain; beneath our feet was a great depth of mud,
black and loathsome; add to these the thought that the river might
overflow, and sweep us to utter destruction.
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