float." Again the tide raised its broad shoulders a hair's-breadth.
"Great!" said the boat. "Once more, Old Party!" When the children came
back, they found that poor little sister boat was gone, and in her stead
all of their forgotten troubles had returned and were waiting for them,
and looking them in the face. II It is absurdly difficult to get help in
this world. If a lady puts her head out of a window and yells "Police,"
she is considered funny, or if a man from the very bottom of his soul
calls for help, he is commonly supposed to be drunk. Thus if, cast away
upon an island, you should wave your handkerchief to people passing in a
boat, they would imagine that you wanted to be friendly, and wave back;
or, if they were New York aldermen out for a day's fishing in the Sound,
call you names. And so it was with Margaret and Aladdin. With shrill
piping voices they called tearfully to a party sailing up the river from
church, waved and waved, were answered in kind, and tasted the bitterest
cup possible to the Crusoed. Then after much wandering in search of the
boat it got to be hunger-time, and two small stomachs calling lustily
for food did not add to the felicity of the situation. With hunger-time
came dusk, and afterward darkness, blacker
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