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bank, a wild, confused cry, and all turned to hearken. Harry Weathervane's younger brother, whose name was Andrew Jackson, could not swim. In dressing, he had stepped too far backward and gone off the raft. He uttered a despairing and terrified scream, struck out wildly and blindly, and went
All up and down the raft and up and down the bank there went up a cry, "Andy is drowning!" while everybody looked for somebody else to save him. The schoolmaster was sitting on the bank, and saw the accident. He quickly slipped off his boots; but then he stopped, for Jack had already started on a splendid run down that long raft.
The confused and terrified boys made a path for him quickly, as he came on at more than the tremendous speed he had always shown in games. He did not stop to leap, but ran full tilt off the raft, falling upon the drowning boy and carrying him completely under water with him.
Nobody breathed during the two seconds that Jack, under water, struggled to get a good hold of Andy and to keep Andy from disabling him by his blind grappling of Jack's limbs.
When at length Jack's head came above water, there was an audible sigh of relief from all the onlookers. But the danger was not over.
"Let go my arms, Andy!" cried Jack. "You'll
drown both of us if you hold on that way. If you don't let go, I'll strike you."
Jack knew that it was sometimes necessary to stun a drowning person before you could save him, when he persisted in clutching his deliverer. But poor frightened Andy let go of Jack's arms at last. Jack was already exhausted with swimming, and he had great difficulty in dragging the little fellow to the raft, where Will Riley and Pewee Rose pulled him out of the water.
But now, while all were giving attention to the rescued Andy, there occurred with Jack one of those events which people call a cramp. The heart insists on resting, the consciousness grows dim, the willpower flags, and the strong swimmer sinks.
Nobody was regarding Jack, who first found himself unable to make even an effort to climb on the raft; then his hold on its edge relaxed, and he slowly sank out of sight. Pewee saw his sinking condition first, and cried out, as did Riley and all the rest, doing nothing to save Jack, but running up and down the raft in a vain search for a rope or a pole.
The schoolmaster, having seen that Andy was brought out little worse for his fright and the water he had swallowed, was about to put on his boots when this new alarm attracted his attention to Jack Dudley. Instantly he threw off his coat and was bounding down the steep bank, along the plank to
the raft, and then along the raft to where Jack had sunk entirely out of sight.
Mr. Williams leaped headfirst into the water and made what the boys afterward called a splendid dive. Once under water he opened his eyes and looked about for Jack.
At last he came up, drawing after him the unconscious and apparently lifeless form of Jack, who was taken from the water by the boys.
The teacher dispatched two boys to bring Dr. Lanham, while he set himself to restore consciousness by producing artificial breathing.
It was some time after Dr. Lanham's arrival that Jack fully regained his consciousness, when he was carried home by the strong arms of Bob Holliday, Will Riley, and Pewee, in turn.
[From "The Hoosier Schoolboy." Copyright, 1896, by Charles Scribner's Sons.]
Sea birds come to the coral island, and rest and build; and seeds are floated thither from far lands; and among them almost always is the cocoanut,
which loves to grow by the seashore, and groves of cocoa palm grow upon the lonely isle.
Then, perhaps, trees and bushes are drifted thither before the trade wind; and entangled in their roots are seeds of other plants, and eggs or cocoons of insects. And so a few flowers and a few butterflies and beetles set up for themselves upon the new land. And then a bird or two, caught in the storm and blown to sea, finds shelter in the cocoa grove; and so a little new world is set up, in which you must remember always-there are no four-footed beasts, nor snakes, nor lizards, nor frogs, nor any animals that cannot cross the sea.
And on some of those islands they may live — indeed, there is reason to believe they have lived so long that some of them have changed their forms; till upon some of them you find such strange and unique creatures as the famous cocoanut crab, which learned men call Birgus latro.
A great crab he is, that walks upon the tips of his toes a foot above ground.
And because he has nothing to eat but cocoanuts or at least they are the best thing he can find cocoanuts he has learned to eat, and after a fashion it would puzzle you to imitate.
Some say that he climbs up the stems of the cocoa palms, and pulls the fruit down for himself; but that, it seems, he does not usually do.