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became inflamed. I reflected on this; and, by touching the various branches, I discovered the cause, and busied myself in collecting a great quantity of wood, that I might dry it, and have a plentiful supply of fire. When night came on, and brought sleep with it, I was in the greatest fear lest my fire should be extinguished. I covered it carefully with dry wood and leaves, and placed wet branches upon it; and then, spreading my cloak, I lay on the ground, and sunk into sleep. “ It was morning when I awoke, and my first care was to visit the fire. I uncovered it, and a gentle breeze quickly fanned it into a flame. I observed this also, and contrived a fan of

branches, which roused the embers.

when they were nearly extinguished. When night came again, I found, with pleasure, that the fire gave light as

well as heat; and that the discovery of this element was useful to me in my food; for I found some of the offals that the travellers had left had been roasted, and tasted much more savoury than the berries I gathered from the trees. I tried, therefore, to dress my food in the same manner, placing it on the live embers. I found that the berries were spoiled by this operation, and the nuts and roots much improved. “Food, however, became scarce; and I often spent the whole day searching in vain for a few acorns to assuage the pangs of hunger. When I found this, I resolved to quit the place that I had hitherto inhabited, to seek for one where the few wants I experienced would be more easily satisfied. In this emigration, I exceedingly lamented the loss of the fire which I had obtained through accident, and knew not how to

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re-produce it. I gave several hours to the serious consideration of this difficulty; but I was obliged to relinquish all attempt to supply it; and, wrapping myself up in my cloak, I struck across the wood towards the setting sun. I passed three days in these rambles, and at length discovered the open country. A great fall of snow had taken place the night before, and the fields were of one uniform white; the appearance was disconsolate, and I found my feet chilled by the cold damp substance that covered the ground. “. It was about seven in the morning, and I longed to obtain food and shelter; at length I perceived a small hut, on a rising ground, which had doubtless been built for the convenience of some shepherd. This was a new sight to me; and I examined the structure with great curiosity. Finding the door open, I entered. An old man sat in it, near a fire, over which he was preparing his breakfast. He turned on hearing a noise; and, perceiving me, shrieked loudly, and, quitting the hut, ran across the fields with a speed of which his debilitated form hardly appeared capable. His appearance, different from any I had ever before seen, and his flight, somewhat surprised me. But H was enchanted by the appearance of the hut: here the snow and rain could not penetrate; the ground WaS dry; and, it presented to me then as exquisite. and divine a retreat as Pandaemonium appeared to the daemons of hell after their sufferings in the lake of fire. I greedily devoured the remnants of the shepherd's breakfast, which consisted of bread, cheese, milk, and wine; the latter, however, I did not like,

overcome by fatigue, I lay down among
some straw, and fell asleep.
“ It was noon when I awoke ; and,
allured by the warmth of the sun, which
shone brightly on the white ground, I
determined to recommence my travels;
and, depositing the remains of the pea-
sant’s breakfast in a wallet I found, I
proceeded across the fields for several
hours, until at sunset I arrived at a
village. How miraculous did this ap-
pear! the huts, the meater cottages, and
stately houses, engaged my admiration
by turns. The vegetables in the gar-
dens, the milk and cheese that I saw
placed at the windows of some of the
cottages, allured my appetite. One of
the best of these I entered; but I had
hardly placed my foot within the door,
before the children shrieked, and one
of the women fainted. The whole vil-
lage was roused; some fled, some at-

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