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Strauch, Dora; Brockmann, Walter / Satan came to Eden
(1936)

Chapter II: The new life begins,   pp. 18-33


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Satan Came to Eden 
island whom he employed to slaughter the beasts and dry and cure 
their flesh for which the Ecuadorean butchers paid a fair price, also 
to cure their hides, which could be disposed of at considerable 
profit. The same Norwegian was also Captain Bruuns' fisherman, 
so that all in all he had a great deal to do, but not enough pay to 
make it worth his while. Moreover the hard work was too much 
for one man, with only a young boy to help him, but Captain 
Bruuns would not employ any other assistant. Captain Bruuns 
explained to us the great commercial possibilities offered by the 
very numerous herds of wild cattle on the island and the abundance 
of fish around the coast. He hoped to win us as employees in the 
discontented Norwegian's stead, or perhaps as partners, and was 
eloquent in pointing out to us the advantages of associating our- 
selves with him. Frederick, however, made it very plain that he 
had not been lured to the islands by any hope of material bene- 
fits, which seriously disappointed the good skipper. If Captain 
Bruuns had lived, it is not unthinkable that the Galapagos might 
have become an important trading center of the Southern Ocean, 
but the hostile gods of Floreana, no less inimical to the seekers of 
material than to the seekers of spiritual riches, were to thwart him 
too in the realization of his plans. 
  On Saturday, the 3Pst of August, at four o'clock in the morn- 
ing, we stood on board the Manuel y Cobos waiting to leave at 
last for our enchanted island. But somehow or other the captain 
was not there. In his stead, two young lads came up to us and 
begged us to take them with us in such a touching way that it 
pained us to have to refuse. It was almost two hours later when 
our skipper appeared, much flurried, having had a little brush with 
the port officers, it seemed. We saw him relating this with some- 
what suspicious animation to his lord, if not master, Alvarado, 
with whom we also had the honor to be traveling. I dare say that 
little hitches of this kind must have been a very frequent occur- 
rence between the skipper of this notorious bark and the defenders 
of the law. 
  A brilliant early morning sun shone down on our departure from 
the haunts of men, as we set out upon the final stage of our long 
journey to the solitudes of our desire. We thought and hoped that 
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