Chapter 35

 

I longed so much to see one of the sailors on the beach. I would have given everything to talk to another human being again. I did not know if the people on the ship had survived or not.

A few days later I found the corpse of a drowned boy on the beach, but I could not guess his nationality from his clothes. I found a tobacco pipe in his pockets, though, and this was very valuable to me.

I took my boat and decided to go to the shipwreck to see if there was any creature still alive on board. I observed the currents and chose the least dangerous way. The next morning I was ready and reached the wreck in less than 2 hours.

The ship seemed Spanish by construction, but was completely destroyed. When I went closer, a dog appeared on the deck and I fed it bread and water because it was starved and extremely thirsty. I found only two dead men on the ship, but there was so sign of anyone else.

There were several chests and big casks of some alcohol, but the latter were too heavy to move. When I searched around I found another, smaller cask of liquor which I managed to pull to my boat. I also found guns and gunpowder. I left the weapons because I had plenty of them, but I took the powder and some other useful things I found on board.

In the evening I returned to the island and spent the night in the boat. The next morning I decided to bring all I had found to my cave instead of taking it to the fortification. Once they were there, I opened the chests and found more liquor in them. There was also meat, some shirts and handkerchiefs, as well as gold and other treasures.

In the last chest I found some very fine gunpowder which was of great value to me. On the island, it was much more valuable than any money or precious metals. There was something else which I needed just as badly as powder and that was shoes. I had taken the shoes off the feet of the two drowned men on board the ship and I found two more pairs in one of the chests.