NCE upon a time there was a farm-house, and it was painted
white and had green blinds;
and it stood not far from the road. This
One day the brig Industry was lying
beside the wharf at Boston, and she was tied
to the wharf with great ropes. And all the things had
been put in the ship, the things they
were to sell in the far country where they were going,
and the things to eat, and the water
they would drink. For the ocean water is salt and
bitter, so that people can't drink it, and
they had to carry all the water that they would need to
drink and almost all the things they
would need to eat. The water was in big hogsheads, down
near the bottom of the ship.
The sailors were all on the ship, and everything was
all ready to start. Then
So the wind kept blowing, and the
Industry kept sailing along over the
a great many days. She sailed along, through parts of
the ocean where it is always hot and
where it rains a great deal, and past the country where
the monkeys live, and around the
end of that country. And after awhile
So they sailed along for a great many days, and at last they came to the far country. That country is called India. And the Industry sailed into a wide river, and the sailors took down the sails and let down the great anchor to the bottom of the river. For the water by the shore was not deep enough for the ship to go there, so they had to keep the ship in the middle of the river. On the shore was a city, and a lot of men came out from the shore in little rowboats and took the things out of the Industry and carried them to the city. And the boats were so little, and there were so many things, they had to go back and forth a great many times.
When the things were all taken out of the ship, Captain
Solomon had his rowboat let down
into the water, and he got in, and two sailors rowed
him to the land. Then he went to the man
who had bought all the things he had brought, and the
First he bought a lot of tea, and a lot of spices, like
cinnamon and cloves and nutmegs, and a
lot of china dishes that had houses and trees and birds
painted on them in blue. Then he
bought a lot of pretty tables and such things that were
In India they have cloth that is made of the hair of goats, and shawls that are made of the hair of camels. The people made these things and brought them to the city to sell. The cloth was very nice and the shawls were very fine and beautiful.
So Captain Solomon went to the place where they had the
cloth of goat's hair and the
So Captain Solomon had all the shawls and the pieces of
cloth put in two great chests made
of cedar, and he had the chests carried on the ship and
put in his cabin. His cabin was the
room where he did all his work, looking at the charts
and maps, to see where the ship was,
and writing down in a book what happened every day. The
beautiful shawls would be taken
care of in his cabin better than in the bottom of the
ship, with the
When Captain Solomon had bought the shawls and got them put on the ship, he bought a lot of things for the sailors to eat while the ship was sailing back to Boston. There were flour and meal and very hard crackers and salt and sugar and fine hominy and peas and beans and a lot other things, and great hogsheads of meat that was in salt water. And there was a cow that they kept in a kind of pen on the deck of the ship, and four sheep and a lot of chickens. So they could have milk and eggs, and sometimes roast chicken for dinner, or roast mutton. Then they filled all the water barrels with fresh water, and the sailors pulled up the great anchor and hoisted the sails.
So the Industry sailed out of the river
and into the big ocean, and they sailed
away for a great many days. And when they came to the
island where the nice
water ran out of the rock,
Then Captain Solomon went on shore and got a big wagon.
The horses dragged the
wagon down on the wharf, and the men took the two
chests out of the cabin and put
them on the wagon. Then
So Captain Solomon got down from the wagon, and the men
took the chests and carried them
into the office. In the office were Captain Jonathan
And Captain Jacob said, "All right." For Captain Jonathan's daughter Lois was Captain Jacob's wife.
So Captain Jonathan gave the shawl to his daughter Lois. And after a great many years she gave the shawl to her daughter Lois. And after a great many years more, when that Lois was an old lady, she gave the shawl to her niece, who was named Lois. And when that Lois was an old lady she used to wear the shawl almost all the time. But one day she forgot and hung the shawl over the balusters near the door just when the cook was going away. And the cook saw the shawl and took it away and never brought it back.
And that's all.