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we reached the settlement, when some of us crawled, and others were helped along to the house of a gentleman, who with great humanity refreshed us with such things as the place afforded.
"We immediately acquainted him with the perishing state of our five companions, entreating him to hire a boat, and send provisions, etc., for their relief. This he kindly promised to endeavour, and before we went to Test we were told that a boat would go the following morning to fetch them off. Judge then of our grief when we found that, partly from the want of men acquainted with the cove, and partly owing to the omission of masters of vessels that fished there, the boat did not proceed the next day, and a heavy gale prevented them from going the following day, so that it was not till late in the evening of the third day that our poor forlorn shipmates were removed. One of their number was found dead, and the other four were conveyed to Treposse, the wind not permitting of the boat returning to us. Everything was done for them that medical skill could suggest, but their legs were so mortified that amputations were resorted to, and only one out of the four survived the operations. Of the eight of us who arrived at the plantation, one died after three weeks, poor Jonas lost four toes, and the rest had for a time great sufferings. But by the blessing of God our lives were spared to 'praise the Lord for his goodness, and declare his wonderful works to the children of men.'"
A NATION'S TEUE GLORY.
The wisest prince that ever sat upon a throne has told us, that "righteousness exalteth a nation," Prov. xiv. 34. It is not valour in war, but righteousness; it is not policy in government, but righteousness; it is not wittiness of invention, but righteousness; it is not civility in behaviour, but righteousness; it is not antiquity of forms, but righteousness; it is not largeness of dominion, but righteousness: it is not greatness of command, but righteousness: that is the honour and the safety, that is the renown and security of a nation. The nation that exalts righteousness, that nation shall be exalted by righteousness. It is not Ahithophel's policy; it is not Jeroboam's calves in Dan and Bethel; it is not Jehu's pompous zeal; it is not Goliath's sword; it is not rich mines of gold or silver, nor magazines, nor armies, nor counsels, nor fleets, nor forts,—but justice and righteousness that exalts a nation, and that will make a mean people to become a great, a glorious, and a famous people in the world. The world is a ring, and righteousness is the diamond in that ring; the world is a body, and righteousness and justice are the soul of that body. Ah, England! England! so long as judgment runs down as waters in the midst of thee, and righteousness as a mighty stream, thou shalt not die, but live, and bear up bravely against all gainsayers and opposers.—T. Beooks. (Written in 1662.) _'
Thou who didst for Peter's faith
Kindly condescend to pray,
Kept me to the present day,
Still direct my devious way!
When a tempting world in view
Gains upon my yielding heart,
Then one look of pity dart!
Which the world can ne'er impart.
When I sit beneath thy word,
When I cannot see my Lord,
Sun of Glory,
When thy statutes I forsake,
When my graces dimly shine,
Jesus, then remember thine!
By a look of love divine.
Then if heavenly dews distil,
While I sit on Zion's hill,
K eep me watchful,
When afflictions cloud my sky,
When the tide of sorrow flows,
Let me on thy love repose;
When the chilling eastern blows.
DOLPHIN AND SHAEK;
"What, lads! what!" said old Ben Cairns, better known throughout the neighbourhood by old and young as "Daddy Ben."
"What, lads!" he cried, as clambering over his boat that he had just been cleaning, he saw some boys engaged in a fierce quarrel that promised to end in a fight. "Is it you that's spoiling this beautiful day with such ugly faces? For shame of you—here's the sun shining and the tide coming in as gentle as a lamb, and you looking like thunder and saying words that would frighten the fishes if they could but hear 'em."
Old Ben was an old man-of-war's man with a small pension; he eked out a scanty living hy the produce of a fishing-boat. He was a very outspoken old fellow, who never concealed what he thought, and was the great peacemaker of the village. At this time I knew but little of him. I afterwards discovered that he was a true and earnest Christian. He had a way of making everybody listen to him, and seldom spent a speech in vain; the reason was that his life showed that he meant what he said and firmly believed it; and there was another reason, he had a kind and good-humoured way of telling his mind which prevented people from being offended with him, and made them like him and look with favour on his advice for his sake.
So these boys, instead of answering him saucily, or turning away with a sneer to finish their dispute elsewhere, came up to him eagerly with the subject of their disagreement, one of them crying, "Daddy, he's a thief; he is, and I've said it—Tim I mean: he's stole my chisel that I bought last fair; I saw it in his hand, and he won't deny it, nor give it up, and Jack Eatcliffe is taking his part for all he knows it's true."
"Stole your chisel!" said Ben, turning from the speaker, Sam Collins, to his companions, who looked at each other with a knowing laugh and didn't answer.
"I'll fight him!" cried the wrathful Sam, "I'll fight both of 'em, though both of 'em's bigger than I am: I don't care for that, a thiefs always a coward, isn't he, Ben?"
"Mostly," said Ben, " but may be he'll give it up, he only took it to plague you, knowing what a nettlesome chap you are; wasn't that it?" turning as he spoke to the two boys.
"He's always at that game, calling out before he's hurt; if he's a mind to fight, let him; I don't mind paying him out for calling me a thief," said Tim Parry.
"Pooh! pooh!" said Daddy Ben, seating himself on the side of his boat, "what's the good of fighting your friends? Don't you know that's all the same as serving your enemies?"
"You said t'other day as 'twas right to love enemiesDaddy," said Jack.
"Very like I did, for it's true; but we mustn't serve 'em by doing their works of spite and malice. What sort of a chisel was yours ?" asked Ben, looking at Sam.
Sam began to describe it very particularly.
"Have you got it, Tim?" asked Ben, turning to him.
"I told him once I badn't, and once is enough," said Tim, stoutly.
"Try twice—that may do bim good and you no hurt," said Ben.
Tim looked as if be would ratber fight, but after a short deliberation, said—" No."
"You'd best believe him," said Ben, looking towards Sam who was scuffling up the sand with his foot, with a scowl on his face. "I do."
"I saw bim with it—why do you believe him more than me?" asked Sam.
"Because I know he's right—here's your chisel, I found it in my boat while I was cleaning it; and I reckon you left it there the other day when you were in it with me." Saying this, he took the chisel from bis pocket, to the confusion of Sam and the triumph of the other two.
"There now—don't go to fight because you've got it," said the old man, seeing that Sam was growing very angry with the taunts of Tim and Jack; "keep still a bit and I'll tell you what happened once on board the ' Mermaid:' maybe it'll be a lesson to you, Sam, not to be so quick in suspecting folks; and to you (looking at the others) not to be hard upon other's failings.
"There were two lads on board the 'Mermaid' when I served in her; one went by the name of Dolphin, he was so gay and sprightly, and the other was nick-named Shark, being the ugliest fellow that, ever was seen in that ship, or on dry land either. But Shark wasn't bad-natured; he'd do a good turn for any one, and he'd give the last groat he had to a poor fellow that wanted it. I've known him clean deck and haul buckets to help a messmate when he's been half dead with the cold, over and over again.
"Dolphin was good-natured, too, but he thought more of himself; he had a ready tongue, and could make the crew laugh, and set 'em singing with a sort of a pipe he'd got, and keep 'em amused with long yarns of tales, till the time went, as you may say, no how: but be worn't so fond of putting his hand to a job he didn't fancy, you understand. Howsumever, he was a great favourite, and quite a-head of Shark in his consequence on board. He had a way_ of setting his eyes and twisting his mouth as if he was making