than one's hand; ferns grew around and from a tree above
a great rope of wild convolvulus flowers blew their trumpets in the enchanted twilight. The children cried out at the prettiness of it, and Emmeline ran and dabbled her hands in the water. Just above the
little waterfall sprang
a banana tree laden with fruit; it had immense leaves six feet long and more, and broad as a dinner-table. One could see the golden glint of the ripe
fruit through the foliage. In a moment Mr Button had kicked off his shoes and was going up the rock like a cat, absolutely, for it seemed to give him nothing to climb by. "Hurroo!" cried Dick in admiration.
"Look at Paddy!" Emmeline looked, and saw nothing but swaying leaves. "Stand from under!" he shouted, and next moment down came a huge bunch of yellow-jacketed bananas. Dick shouted with delight, but Emmeline showed no excitement:
she had discovered something. CHAPTER XIII DEATH VEILED
WITH LICHEN "Mr Button," said she, when the latter had descended, "there's a little barrel"; she pointed to something green and lichen-covered that lay between the trunks of two trees--something that eyes less sharp than the eyes of a child might have mistaken for a boulder. "Sure, an' faith it's an' ould empty bar'l," said Button, wiping the sweat from his brow and staring at the
thing. "Some ship must have been wathering here
an' forgot it. It'll do for a sate whilst we have dinner." He sat down upon it and distributed the bananas to the children, who sat down on the grass.
The barrel looked such a deserted and neglected thing that his imagination assumed it to be empty. Empty or full, however, it made an excellent seat, for it was quarter
sunk in the
green soft earth,