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till their consciences were fully assured of their part in the blood of the Redeemer.
At their first setting out, Captain Presumption ordered all the reefs to be shook open, and crowded much sail, which caused the Carnal-security to sail considerably a-head of the Refuge. Upon this, some on board the Carnal-security ridiculed Captain Goodwill, calling him chicken-hearted, and not at all competent to have the oversight of a vessel. But Captain Goodwill, who was altogether satisfied with his position, pleasantly remarked,—“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on and are punished.” Soon after this, a storm arose, which tore the sails of the Carnal-security, laid her on her beam ends, and did ber considerable damage. Whereas, by the prudent conduct of Capt. Goodwill, the Refuge sustained very little injury.
" See that the balanced scale be such
You neither hope nor fear too much ;
Eludes the fury of the gale.” When the storm had passed away, by the good providence of God the Carnal-security righted herself: but while the rigging was undergoing repair, the Refuge sailed by her, and continued a-head during the rest of the voyage.
These vessels continued their course. Captain Goodwill was very expert and cautious in the management of the Refuge; and the men appointed to watch-viz., Vigilant, Faithful, and Circumspect, each in his turn maintained a sharp watch; and Love-truth kept the ship’s reckoning with such exactness, that the vessel continued to sail in a very safe course--that of humility.
Captain Presumption was unskilful, and somewhat careless respecting the course in which his vessel was sailing. And the men appointed to keep & look-out were so very regardless of the duties of their office, that till the vessel came to the very brink of ruin, they presumed all was well. There was, bowever, an individual on board, who, when he perceived the negligence of the watchmen, became much concerned for the safety of the vessel. Having already some knowledge of nautical matters, and being apt to learn, by diligent attention to all the means within his reach, he became able to discern the dangers to which the vessel was exposed. When he went aloft to take a look-out, he saw directly a-head of the vessel a very dangerous rock, called Pride: be therefore cried out" Danger.”
The other watcbmen went aloft to try if they could see the rock; but, notwithstanding the very great alarm sung out by the individual before mentioned, whom we may now call Clear-sight, they could see nothing--for " His watchmen are blind.” (Isa. lvi. 10.) Clear-sight, however, steadfastly maintained that there was the rock, 'as he had already stated. His statement was stoutly contradicted both by Shallow, Purblind, and Selfconceit.
The contest of the watchmen with Clear-sight caused a very great commotion on board of the Carnal-security. The rumour of these contentions coming to the ears of the captain, he called the disputants together, that he and others on board the vessel, most competent to judge in this case, might determine for themselves.
Shallow, addressing the Captain, said : --"My opinion of Cloar-sight is, that his needless outcry greatly disturbs the passengers and crew. And though his opinion is quite contrary to that of all the other watchmen, yet he is so obstinately bent upon maintaining it, that, if he continues on board, he is likely to do much injury; he ought, therefore, not to be continued any longer in the service.”
Purblind spoke next, and said :-“I am astonished that Clear-sight should so obstinately persist in reporting danger; for I assure you, Captain, that I cannot see any cause of alarm; Clear-sight must be mistaken; the danger exists only in his own enthusiastic imagination. My opinion concurs with that of Shallow, that he ought not to be continued in the service any longer.”
Self-conceit, with considerable warmth:-“I wonder,” said he, “Captain, that Clear-sight should be allowed to cause the disturbance on board this vessel which he has caused; I assure you that there is no danger. What does he know of danger, or anything else belonging either to the vessel or voyage? He has no right to interfere, for he is not duly authorised. It is to me astonishing, that he is even allowed to speak on these subjects, or that any person is so devoid of all sense of due order as to hear bim. He ought, by all means, to be ordered forthwith to leave the vessel.”
“You have heard," said the Captain to Clear-sight, “what the watchmen have said against your statements; you are now at liberty to speak for yourself.”
Clear-sight: " Though all the watchmen declare the report which I have proclaimed of danger is erroneous, yet, on due examination, it will, I doubt not, be found correct. This vessel is in the course in which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, was steering, which caused him to be deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory taken from him. Haman, the Agagite, also, in the days of Ahasuerus, king of Persia, by steering in this course, lost his life, ruined his family, and caused a great slaughter among the people in the Persian empire. Self-conceit objects that I have no right to speak, because I am not duly authorised. In this case, let me be tested by the rule,-Deut. xviii. 20-23. If what I have stated does not come to pass, let me then be counted an impostor ; but if it does, let the objection no longer be urged that I am not duly qualified to give my opinion in this case."
Captain Presumption, not being willing to determine who was right in so weighty a case, stated the sayings of all the watchmen to those persons whom he had called together. " Now,” said he, “I will leave the decision of this momentous matter with you; shall Clear-sight be dismissed or not?” When this question was put to the vote, an overwhelming majority determined against Clear-sight, that he should forth with leave the vessel. Then the Captain, addressing Clear-sight, said : " You see the opinion of the majority is, that you leave the vessel immediately.” Clear-sight, in compliance, prepared to leave. He was, accordingly, let down alongside in a little boatthe sea all before him, and Providence bis guide. The Refuge was at some distance; but Vigilant was on the look-out, and saw something on the water, but could not ascertain what it was. When the Refuge came nearer, Vigilant said — “I perceive there is a boat, and only one man in it:" this man, by the direction of the Captain, was immediately taken on board. The Captain asked him his name, and why he was alone. “My name," said he, " is Clear-sight; I was on board a vessel called the Carnal-security. Being on the look-out, I saw a very dangerous rock a-head; but they said unto me— See not; prophesy not unto us right things ; speak unto us. smooth things; prophesy deceits. (Isa. xxx. 10.) But I refused to do so, and am therefore turned adrift.” “You are welcome,” said Captain Goodwill, to a situation on board this vessel.” Clear-sight was, therefore, employed on board the Refuge.
When the crew and passengers on board the Curnai-security were delivered from what they called the precise and over-scrupulous sayings of Clear-sight, they then betook themselves, without restraint, to their mirthful pleasures.
(To be continued.)
GOOD ADVICE TO SEAMEN AND OTHERS.
Oahu, October, 1849. Dear Sir,-With your permission, I wish, through the Friend, to say a few words to my fellow-voyagers on the sea of life, relative to the chart that is given to guide us to the haven of eternal rest. When reading the book, “Two Years before the Mast," I was gratified with the account the author
of his method of shortening the time of his solitary watch on deck, viz.-by revolving, or reciting mentally, various things previously committed to memory, among which he mentioned portions of the Bible.
Having been accustomed more than thirty years to spend much of the time occupied in solitary walks and rides, and also wakeful hours of the night, in reciting mentally parts of the sacred Scriptures, I can recommend the practice with the utmost confidence in its utility, not merely in enabling those who pursue it to pass the time pleasantly, but more especially for its salutary effect on the mind and heart. And as the sons of the ocean have ordinarily more leisure hours than most others, I am anxious to persuade them to iry the experiment. In order to this, it will be necessary for those who have not previously attended to it, to begin by treasuring up in their mental storehouse the portions of Scripture to be recited and pondered. I say pondered, for I would not bave any one recite merely, but give the mind full liberty to dwell on any sentence that, at the time, might present or striking thought. I feel persuaded that, by doing so, new and soulcheering views of Divine truth would be obtained, such as tend to encourage in the hour of danger, and raise the heart above all fear, except the fear of “Him who has power to destroy both soul and body” for ever.
Although all Scripture is of Divine origin, and therefore profitable for instruction, yet as some parts are more plain and striking than others, I beg leave to recommend a few passages which I deem peculiarly so. To the young, and to those who have good memories, I would recommend the following chapters :
Genesis, the first three, and the 44th and 45th ; Exodus 20th; Job 4, 5, 11, 38, 39, and 42; Psalms, the first five, 11, 15, 19, 23, 24, 25, 27, 32, 34, 46, 51, 53, 56, 57, 91, 103, 104, 116, 121, 125, 139, 145, 146 ; Proverbs 1, 2, 6, 7, and 9; Isaiah 40, 53, and 60.
In the New Testament~Christ's sermon, in the 5th, 6th, and 7th of Matthew ;
John 1, 3, 14, 15, 16, and 17 ; Romans 3, 5, 8, and 12; Hebrews 10 and 11; Revelations 1, 21, and 22.
To those who have not a well-grounded hope that they are Christians, I would say, begin with the passages named in the New Testament, for there the way to be saved is most clearly pointed out.
To the aged, and those whose memories are poor, I would recommend as follows:-Genesis, 1st chapter, with the first three verses of the 2nd ; 3rd, the first seven and the last three verses ; Psalms 1, 103, 116, and 139; and the chapters above specified in the New Testament.
Now, let no one be discouraged by the number of chapters and psalms pointed out, since all who begin can stop when they choose. And no one should be discouraged because his memory is treacherous ; this will improve by practice... If you have no experience in committing, your memory may at first act like a green-hand on shipboard ; but by practice you will find it will soon "know the ropes." Still, to secure what you learn, it should be accurately and thoroughly committed, and often repeated--the oftener the better. Having found this a delightful employment, both at sea and ashore, I am very desirous that you should all share with me in this privilege. "O taste, and see that the Lord is good. The words of the Lord are puro words; more to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold ; sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb.?? | Yours very sincerely, Honolulu Friend.
WRECK OF THE SHIP MARY FLORENCE. The annexed interesting details, relative to the loss of the ship Mary Florence, on the Arabian coast, have been furnished by Messrs. Henry and Calvert Toulmin, owners of the vessel.
The Mary Florence left London for Aden on the 16th of February last, with coals, which she had taken on board at Shields. She was quite a new ship, copper-bottomed, and this was her first voyage, her cargo being for the depôt of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, at Aden. Her master, Captain Christopher Short, it seems, had a small share in the vessel. He was accompanied by his wife, á lady of very respectable connexions residing at Blyth, in Durham ; and the crew consisted of first and second officers, carpenter, steward, and twelve seamen. The ship, we understand, sighted the Comoro Islands, in the Mozambique Channel, on the 25th of May, aud Cape Guardafui on the 3rd of June. The latter is a headland forming the extreme eastern portion of the African coast, a few hundred miles southeast of the port of Aden and the entrance of the Red Sea. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when the Cape, as the master supposed it to be, was sighted, though, from what has since transpired, it is evident he was mistaken, and that he had taken the top of a high mountain inland for the headland at the point. The course of the ship was north-west by north, while the point of land round which they had to bear stood north-north-west. She had her topsail single-reefed, top-gallant sails set, and was running about nine miles per hour, with a smart wind blowing south-west. She continued in this course till about twenty minutes after ten o'clock at night, when the crew were startled by the ship striking heavily, and discovered, to their utter amazement, that she had run ashore. The impression on their minds just before was that they had rounded the Cape, and were bearing up for Aden. Attempts were instantly made to get the vessel off
, but without success. A heavy sea and a strong current running in from the Indian Ocean swept the sbip in towards the land. Next morning some of the natives swam off to the vessel, and appeared friendly, offering to render assistance. The master, finding he could not get the vessel off, accepted their aid, and with some of his crew contrived to get an anchor ashore, and bent a hawser to it, securing the other end to the mast head. On the following day, the 5th, the sea increasing and beating over the stern of the ship, the stores and sails were got ready to send ashore, and by means of the bawser the first officer gained the beach, and two seamen followed, when those on the deck commenced floating the stores to them. The natives exhibited every desire to assist, and in the course of the afternoon large numbers came down to the beach. Most of them were armed, and a chief headed them. The latter displayed the samne feeling as the others, and appointed a guard to protect the property that bad been got ashore. The next day, the same friendly spirit being evinced, the master continued to send his stores ashore, and in the afternoon it was determined to effect a safe passage along the bawser for Mrs. Short, as the weather was becoming boisterous. By means of slings attached to the hawser she was conveyed to the shore in safety. Captain Short was about to follow, when the unfortunate lady, notwithstanding the protection of the first officer and seamen, was at once seized by the Arabs, and apparently, to those in the ship, was carried away, the natives at the same time attacking the crew with spears, and driving them into the sea. The chief officer got hold of the hawser that communicated with the ship, and was making an attempt to gain it, when the natives rushed forward and cut the rope. He was consequently precipitated into the sea, and must have perished had not one of the seamen swam to his assistance, and brought him into shallow water. Captain Short had the pinnace instantly launched, and was in the act of jumping into it, with one or two of his men, to go to his wife's assistance, when a sea struck
the boat, and broke her away, and she was carried ashore. The moment the boat touched the shore it was seized by the natives, who got into it and endeavoured to push off, as it was supposed, to board the vessel ; but owing to a very heavy ground-swell, as soon as they got off, the boat was carried back again farther up on the beach. Already had the plunder commenced. The stores and goods that had been landed were scattered in all directions, and a general scuffle took place among the natives in their endeavours to possess themselves of the property, amidst yells and cries of exultation. Captain Short was most anxious to afford assistance to his unfortunate wife, but it was impossible, with the few hands he had with him, to make any endeavour to rescue her, all the fire-arms and ammunition having been sent asbore. The captain and the men who remained on board were on deck the whole night, in the hope of meeting with an opportunity to gain the beach in the long boat, but they were deterred from making the attempt, in consequence of tlie hostile attitude assumed by the natives.
In the course of the night shrieks were heard from the shore, which were supposed to proceed from Mrs. Short and the men belonging to the ship. Next morning the chief and his followers were seen strutting about in the articles of European clothing they had stolen from the ship's stores. Captain Short, expecting an attack would be made on the vessel, resolved to launch the longboat and abandon the wreck. This was accordingly done, and, putting into the boat all the provisions that remained, the crew shoved off
, and anchored about 300 yards from the ship. The natives soon afterwards swam off to the vessel in great numbers, and boarding her, proceeded to strip her of everything that was valuable. Having completed this outrage they attempted to gain possession of the longboat, and would have succeeded had not the crew immediately put out to sea. Having a fair wind for Aden, the boat in two days gained eighty miles up the coast, when, the wind veering to the N.W., she was driven back. An effort was then made to obtain fresh water from a place called Cape Felix, but the natives came down to the beach, and drove the hapless mariners away. About ten miles lower down, however, they succeeded in getting ten gallons of water at the price of a gold watch and other valuables. They then took a course down the coast of Africa, enduring horrible privations. The allowance of water was only one gill per day each man, with hardly anything to eat. On the 19th of June they anchored about 300 yards from the shore, in a small bay about 100 miles south-east of Cape Guardafui. In this bay, it appears, a vessel named the Dewan was lying, though the crew of the Mary Florence were not aware of her proximity. The natives swam to the boat, and plundered the unfortunate seamen of their money, a chronometer, sextant, and other articles. One of the natives, who could speak a little English, offered to apprise the people of the Dewan of the condition of the unfortunate sufferers. Captain Short immediately wrote note, which the native undertook to deliver, and on the following day the master (Mr. J. Reed Jefferies) came overland to the assistance of his countrymen. In weighing the longboat anchor a sudden squall capsized it, and one of the crew was unfortunately drowned. Mr. Jefferies at once obtained a supply of food for Short and his men, who were almost reduced to a state of starvation. Mr. Jefferies, hearing of the infamous conduct of the natives, sought out the chief and complained, but lie found that the chief participated in the plunder. Indeed, it was found necessary to pay a ransom of £4 for the boat before the natives would deliver it up. As soon as possible Mr. Jefferies got the crew over to bis véssel, and in a few days sailed for Muscat. There Captain Short and his men received the greatest kindness and hospitality, the son of the Imanm placing 120 dollars at their disposal, and other parties affording every assistance that was desirable.
As soon as Captain Short had partially recovered from the exposure and privation he had endüred, during the fifteen days and nights he had passed at