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iThe Baldwin I-ibni %m





THE CABIN BOY'S LOCKER.




CABIN BOY'S LOCKER
COMPILED CHIEFLY FROM
Balmm sst i\t Sailor's igtagajrnt.
by
J. K. DAVIS,
NEW YORK : PRINTED BY ROBERT CRAIGHEAD,
93 ve8ey STREET.
1858.




Mr. Emtob : v
From the moment I saw yow representation of a book-case, in the Sailor's Magazine, I have wished, to congratulate the cabin-boy on the change in his employment. Formerly, the locker must be filled with wines, and porter, and ale, in addition to a plentiful store of stronger liquors; and the cry from different parts of the ship was almost incessant, Ben, give me another bottle, or another glass, or at least a small portion, for sea-sickness insomuch, that the observing lad was likely to receive the impression, that the principal charm of life must consist in the use of stimulating drinks. _A.nd with his opportunities, what could be expected, but that he should seek for happiness in the same course in which he saw those of higher rank than himself so eagerly pursuing? But let the custom be changed. Let the locker be a little elevated in the ship, and assume the form of


vi rntror>rrctory.
a book-case. let the passengers spend their leisure hours in reading and profitable conversation; and let ben be courteously requested to select and hand their books; and who does not see how different would be the impression made ^rpbih- his'mind, kow much his employment would be elevated, and what would be the probable results upon ; his-; cbax-acter and prospectsj s-nuvuni* mi; -it-.
and; perm it flre^ mr. editor- to sajr a word directly to cabin-boys, and >tberiyoung sailors i \ my bear young friknds, i have recently watched your movements with great interest. X have. seen many of yoa at the mariners' churches, well clothed, and well behaved. i have seen many of yoru making application for bibles. i have heard many of you say, while your countenances testified your sincerity, that: you. used xto ardent spirits. _a_t these- things,:i. have rejoiced. and now, let me entreat.you to keep on in these good ways, and to do all you can to induce your young companions to go with you; and above all, to seek the blessing of god, both on the sea and on the shore. b.


A Warning U> Tootb-V^vV. .4** JV&jfci **K
A 'Good BzunpU -for Pug --.-.*.'J1/Wv. -i J'i^V^MJB WVhington. and. his Mother.. ... .-..v-^. 110
A M. vfl. v- r . Prayer.. ^-^ j v .... i ^ 113.
The Youog Student................'..^...I...i.:...-.U8
Bnoouragcmont to Little Boys.. . > 115 Bad Booka...................................... 117
s
Good Books..................................... 118
A Good "g" J i ii i i [ .r a ^ r j~------------ 118
Diligent in Business.......... 118
Leisure Hours. ........ 11
Habito.... I ........................
Steadiness of Purpose.. 120
" The Conclusion of the whole matter"............. 121
.... .
The Two Schoolmates.....................;......121
The Honest Boy; or, the Shilling and Guinea-. ...... 124
Only One Step at a Time...............-' 126
The Art of Learning............................. 128
Robert Lee...........____......,............... 128
The Poor Boy in London..........................131
" What must I do to be Saved T-................. 18.8
Dr. Chalmers to the Impenitent................... 134
What is it to Believe on Christ...................134
How did you get your Wealth!.................. 186
The exception................................... 137
Prepare to meet thy God........................ 137
The Sailor Boy................................. 141
" So near home only to die"...................... 162
The Power of Prayer............................ 17


co nte-n-s#i
.....* -* j i- pao*
lNTuooucroav ......iji^viv^ * i > 8
Going to Do, .w^wVvitV* V* 11
Education ....................II
Brandy as .a .Medicine. IS
Admonitory .#...-*- . 18 Interesting and Authentic story of the Ship Ravens*
'/worth...........,....... ..V^W>VV* 13
Two .Sorts of Drunkards......I j*m-m *i ...... IS
A Tract Remembered in Death....................Id
The Sailor's Last CtniW.........;............____18
The Young Seamen, 19
Specimen of Christianity. + ......22
Spiritual Enjoyment...............24
Beautiful Anecdote*. .............,.........26
Anecdote of a Benevolent Female. *..............27
The Choctaw Indian GirL, ........................28
The Shipwrecked Mariner and His Bible............SO
Important Text of Scripture in Relation to Temperance, for the Vbv of Seamen, and Landsmen* m.....31
The/Seamen's Chaplain............................88


Viii CONTENTS.
The WiM Choice; or, Greenwich Fair..............8*
Affecting Anecdote.Filial Piety................... ST
John Gordon.....................................8
The Missionary Ship..............................41
Noble Conduct of Two Seamen.....................43
The Infidel Sailor.................j.......J......47
The Self-made Man............................... 68
Providence66
Walks of Usefulness in New York.................66
The. Confession ; a True Story......................60
The Magnitude of Creation.......- 08
The Bethel Flag.......................... .'......11
On Sin..........................................75
The Sabbath____1................................ 7*
The Young Man from Home....................... 76
Illustrations of Scripture..........................82
The* First OAtfc on Board......................----84
"Hold on. Mother"............................... 86
General Washington's Idea of Prolano Swearing.....87
The Sailor Boy................................... 89
Valuable Testimony of a Captain...................90
Smuggling......*..............................t- 92
Young Men.....................'.................94
Choose Good Company............................ 94
The Infidel's Confession of Faith ; or, the. Atheist in a
Storm........................................ 96
Retirement in a Hat.............................. 97
A Remarkable Bible..............................98
Wrong. I don't care for that"....................99


The Bailor and his Praying Mother......
a Mother** InflueAce..................
The Dead of the Sea____*..........
The Sailor Finding IWo........^t.
Prayers for Seamen. .....
Home; a Story of Real Life............
*.*..... *......\

......poetk y.
The Compassor. Christian Sailor.. ... ...........
lines suggested on Seeing a Splendid Lamp over one
of the Gin Palaces in Hull, England.............
The Seaman's Prayer on Leaving Port.. ...........
Reflection.'. .................... .......j. ........
TJnkindness.....................................
True Wisdom........;...;......................
Days of my Youth..............................
Lines on the Death of Rev. J: DielL. . ............
'They that' seek me esu-Iy shall find me"..........
A Mother's Blessing on her Sailor Son............
Day of Judgment................................


THE CABIN BOY'S LOCKER.
- GOING TO DO." .
m
This sentence, though a short one, is too long. Its length occasions a great deal of difficulty. If it could be reduced to a proper length, it would prevent most of the mischiefs resulting from' want of promptitude. Hut how short would you have it? "We would have it but one word, and that word should contain but two letters," Do."
Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress no crime destroy no enemy can alienateno despotism enslave. -At home, a friendabroad, an introduction in solitude, a solaceand in society, an ornament. It chastens viceit guides virtueit gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man ? A. splendid slave a reasoning savage I


12 THB CABIN BOY'S LOCKER.
BRANDY AS A MEDICINE.
"Doctor,** said a gentleman, who had recently .-.joined a temperance society, to his &mS^^daDf^ ft Save ^ei $n 1&W fcabit of taking brandy at my dinner for a number of years : but lately, for the sake of my neighbors, and "by way of^eia^mple" I have quit it altogether suddenly, and I am afraid it will injure my health-: 0"^"bat-x^Q you think of it?" "Sir," said the doctor, "I never saw yetter t^aja.yo Then 1 would adyi.sc you.to take a>n e meticJ? said the physician, j" On I fivI,am'.riot sick enough fer that; but I waRanking a tea-spoofl4^-pX,b>^n^y.qr g^p;nugfrt, relieve rner as I stopped it, alLat o^^ee.'/ v /" I*^^-4^7 said the uncomplying physician, "I cannot give you that advice ; for having made so many drunkardgy;rby Afluefer counsel, in the former part of mv practice, I have determined never again to advise iardent .spirijfca- as a medicine, so lorig as I liv.?' Tfat^gontJe*nan bap since acknowledged, that had his .physician given him the counsel .he asked,: he should have felt himself released from his pledge* and his daily use of brandyf he fears, would have been the result. "Vybat encouragement, is hero for a manly candor in the intercourse with our patients f If every physician would


deliver bis soul in. this matter, we might drive ardent spirits from every family We visit
: : .... :
.,. ADMONITORY.-
My brethren, let me assure you, that some of you might appropriate rive, some ten, some fifteen, and some twenty thousand dollars a year, for benevolent purposes, and still retain enough, to ruin, your children^. "What a lesson I Sow little regarded by parents in general I How fully borne out by the career of a large number of those who inherit independent Fortunes, without the necessity of attending to business.~Z>r. Gardner,
INTERESTING AND AUTHENTIC STORY OF THE:
SHIP RAVENS WORTH.
In our paper (Tyne Mercury, Newcastle, England) of November 16th, 1830, we extracted from Mrs. Alaric Watts' New-Year's Gift, a rather romantic story, respecting the ship Itavensworth breaking from her moorings, and going to sea with only a little boy on board, which possessed a local interest from trie event stated occurring at Shields. We find that the circtrmstance excited- a- great sensation here, and is perfectly remembered by some gentlemen older than ourselves. It may be interesting, therefore, to record' the.
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thk cabin floy'fl uxjkjeb.
facta which-took place, as they differ from the fictitious narrative in several particulars. The Havens worth, in the first place, was not an old Greenland whaler, as she is represented, but was a small ship, of 13 or 14 keels (200 tons), belonging to Messrs. Moseley and Aivery, coal fitters,' of Newcastle, Mr. Robert jttkinson commander, regularly employed in the coal trade between Newcastle ana H/ondon. She was light-not laden-having just arrived from the Metropolis^. She was driven from her moorings, at North Shields, while there was a strong freshet in the river. All the crew, as stated, were at the time on shore, except the cabin-boy, a lad about eleven years of age. This occurrence, which, as we have observed, excited great interest in the neighborhood, took place about 1792 or 1793. Soon after it was known that the vessel had gone to sea with the little boy only on board, the Unity, belonging to Mr. North Clark, wen.t out. with Captain Atkinson, the master of the Ravensworth, in search of her. They did not succeed, however, in meeting with her, and returned. It is not true, as stated, that the Ravensworth was three weeks tossing about on the German Ocean, and was then driven on the coast of Holland. The little saUor, who constituted her sole pilot, had the prudence, as mentioned in the tale, to lash the helm, so as to keep her from the shore, and he not only hoisted the fore-staysail, but hoisted what is called * a jack," on the fore-


topmast ringing. This attracted the-' t>o ti a ft Harwich emack, when phe was near Flam-borough Head, on which-she went to her assistance, and,-as we arc informed, took her safer? into Harwich, after she bad been -buffeting with the waves for five day*; It- is worthy of note that the ballast port was open at the time. The little fellow was busy frying pancaked when the Harwich smack came to the Ravensworth. It is- perfectly recollected here, that when the young sailor returned to Newcastle, he was taken on the exchange, and shown as a little hero, -and several of : the merchants gave him silver in. token of their admiration: The author of the story in Mrs.- W,Hl.t' Annnal represents him as an old gentleman in his wig, recounting his adventures. This is not quite correct. If he is now alive, he must be under fifty years of age.
.
TWO SORTS OF DRUNKARDS.
We knew a man who would get dead drunk about once in two or three months. He lived many years in this way, and it is believed is still living. He never tastes any liquor except at these periodical revels. We knew another man who took a little every daynot enough to make him tipsyjust enough to answer for a medicine" for some complaint he'had. He always passed for a sober man. vY year ago he was one of those who thought it ridiculous to


Ii5 THE CABIN BOY'S J-OCX KB.
join a temperance society. He thought a man ought to have judgment enough to know .when he had drank enough. He is now dead. His physician assures us- that he died of delirium tremens, though never suspected of intemperance. He informs me, moreover, that this dreadful disease is generally produced in that way. If a man gets thoroughly drunk, the poison, works its own cure, as in some other cases, where a large dose of a well-known poison works itself off, when a small dose would have been fatal. It is the small quantity, remaining in the system, constantly at work there, that wears p&+ thread by thread, the cords of life^ ; As you value reason and life, don't be every day sipping a little: rivet-ing your chains, and wearing out life by inches.-Genius of Temperance.

Sickness should teach us these four things : What a vain thing the world is I What a vile thing sin is I What a poor thing man is! What a precious gem an interest in heaven is !
A TRACT REMEMBERED IN DEATH.
Thomas Bradford, Junior, Esq., in a public address before the Tract Society of Philadelphia, related the following fact ;
-A. lady, who is engaged as a teacher in a colored Sabbath school in this city, some months since distributed among the children her


usual supply Of rtr|U3tet One ;of these' Ifoor Sarah1was, con-y-eyed, by. the providence of God, toi ar pooff, aged .Waqk. wpman; andjis she could, not;refcd, it was-read to her by child. The contents of this precious tract affected her heart; and such was her eagerness to treasure up its interesting. incidents in her memory, ana to appropriate' its Divine consolations, .that she was wont to crave iten of such as were instructed, he favor of reading :it to her. v It became her constant companion ; and once, .in particular,, while, journeying in one of our X)elaware steamboats, she was known to beg: a similar favor of the captain, which was readily granted* On Her return to the city, jihe: little book, the herald of mercy and grace, which she then enjoyed, was still with her.
" .A short time ago, she was visited by sickness, which soon proved to be a 'sickness unto death but sue had received the good seed in her heart, and it sprung up, bearing its fruitfaith, hope, patience, and charity for her support in the hour when flesh and heart were failing her. For this seed, and these good fruits, she declared herself to be ifistrumentally indebted to the story of poor 4 Indian*' Sarah.* She descended into the dark valley with songs of triumph, asking no other favor than that her much-loved tract might be deposited in the narrow house with her then dying body. This teas done. She now rests from her labors and her sufferings,


3tfe THE CABIN" BOY^'WCXBS.
and her released, redeemed spirit ifl doubtless rejoicing in iJie realms of light, with the glorious assembly and church of the fiTst-born, whose names are written in heaven."
THE SAILOR'S LAST CRUISE
The lamented Brainard, who now sleeps on the hanks of his own native Thames, was a sincere admirer of the genuine, sailor, and often remarked they were the most peculiar men he had ever met, as they appeared to despise the ordinary comforts of life, and seemed never more pleased than when placed in some dangerous position, or engaged in some hazardous duty. i':0>'
In his lament for Long Tom, he gvves the closing scene, which he feared was the case with too many of that interesting class of men, who, in the discharge of their duty, are exposed to be cut off in the midst of life.
* ^Tby cruise is ovtr now.
Thou ark abehercd by the abore, And never Vtora shalt thou
Hear the storm around thee roar :
Death has shalten out the ftar^fl of thy glaas \ Now arotmd thee sports the whale And the porpoive snuffs the gale. And the night-winds waka their wail. As they pass.
M The sea-graas round thy bier Shall bend beneath the tide.


";at the piping of ell hwch> '' .
when the judgment eigne! *e spread when the inlands, and the' lauds. and the seas give up their dead.
and the south and north shall come ; 'when the sinner is betrayed,' ."*." *1 '-
and the just man ia afraid, then heaven be thy aid ; poor tom."
the young seaman.
i .'
A youth about seventeen yoars of age, called upon a young man' to purchase a tract. He was asked if he had been at any of the. services on board a ship. '. He said Yea, the last evening only. Yesterday I landed from my voyage, and this afternoon I am bound to Scotland to see my friends.- My visit to the Bethel chapel has been the means of great comfort to my mind."
"I am glad you have found it so," observed the secretary. Were you unhappy ?"
"I will rejate sir," said he,* "What took
K.ce during my late voyage. I sailed from ndon in a Scotch vessel for the West Indies, as second mate, the most wioked wretch that ever sailed on salt water; chiefly
nop toeu tbe l.renicrs noar; < i !:\7* "fces
where thy manly limba abide; ... ....,...=
bui the granite rock thy loinb-stono shall be. tboogh tbetedgea of thy :grrre;v are the oomtxxik* of the wave yet unheeded they shall ravo ..
over thee.' '
* * *


3P THB.'GABCr< BOY'S; JLOCX3CB.
for swearing. Our captain, though.a good seaman, and k i nd to the whip's company, cared not for his own ,8qu1, or for the souls'of his ship's crew. We had been at sea about sixteen days; it came on night-; it was my watch on deck; the night was dark and lowering, and but little wind at the time; we had most of our lower sails.set: I was walking fore and aft on the leeward -side of the ship, when a sudden'puff of'.wind caused the vessel to give a heavy lurch. Not prepared to meet it, I was capsized, and came right .against one of the stanchions. Feeling much hurt; I gave vent to my anger by a dreadful oath; cursing the wind, the ship, the sea, and (awful to mention) the- being who made them. Scarcely had this horrid oath escaped my lips, when it seemed to roll back upon my mind with so frightful an image, that for a moment.or two I thought I saw the sea parting, and the vessel going down. I took the helm from the man who was at it, and put the ship's head close to the wind. All that night my awful oath was passing befor^rny. eyes, like a spectre ; and its con sequences .Appeared to be my certain damnation. For many days I was miserable. jV shamed tp. Own'the cause, I asked one of the men if ha had any book to lend me to read. He offered me a French novel by Rousseau. I asked if he had a Testament or Bible; he answered me by asking if I were going to die. For his part, he said, he never troubled his head about Bible or prayer book ;


THB cabin bo^s wxrm. M
fae left all these matter's to the' priest, to whom he left part of his pay; to pray for himif I had done so, I should not be so squeamish. The captain, I knew, had 'a Bible; but I was
unwilling to ask the loan of it.
u Several days thus passed in the greatest torment, this dreadful oath was always before me. I could not pray: indeed I thought it of no use.- On the fifth day I was turning over some things in my chest,-when I found some trifles I had purchased for sea stock, wrapped in.
Eaperin this piece of paper;", (putting his and at the same time into nis jacket pocket, and from a small red case, pulling out the paper, which was a leaf of the Bible, containing nearly the whole of the first chapter of Isaiah"!} "Oh I how my heart throbbed when I found it a piece of the Bible." f- .
.At that moment the tears fell from his eyes,' and he pressed the leaf to his bosom. ."But, sir," continued heV "conceive what I felt when I read these words-* Though your^s be as* scarlet, they shall be as white us snow^^t^ugh*
they be red like crimson; they shall W,fg wool.'" Here he paused to wipe a^qfay thflfc tears. O, sir," he added, "like a drowning man I clung to this life-buoy.- I then prayed, and the Ix>rd was graciously pleased to remove, in some measure, the great guilt from my conscience; though I continued mournful and bowed down, until last evening on board the Mayflower (Liverpool) I stowed awayj with the Bethel company. I felt much comfort in the ser-


v!Get/ (It deeply a%ted mc, aud J,hgw hua-bly 'trust that toe. X*ord has; forgiven my
'great sms^vv,/,u ;v;,i, f \ v j.
Reader, consider -this instance of the value of a single fragment of the sacred Scriptures:; and let me beg you to read the chapter which was made so great a blessing to, tfee; young man. And may the Spirit of Qodao Stamp it upon your mind, that it, may lead you to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. .' .. :::v Z
; :! i:. "*
SPECIMEN OF CHRISTIAKTTY.- .
Some years gone* a whaling ship put of New London, being commanded by a Nantucket man, touched at New Zealand for recruits. A boat coming alongside to trade, it was observed that a large matlay spread over the; bottom of the boat, and several times it was discovered to move. The captain was anxious to know the occasion of it; but the Indians at Tfcrst ra^used to give any information, but at leng<^T were prevailed upon to remove the ^pa\, \^hen the captain beheld a man lying lashed to a pole, his whole lengthy ; Inquiry being made, tfce information given was, that the man was a prisoner, taken in war from a distant tribe, and their intention 'was to roast him, and have a feast.. The captain of the ship, struck with horror, requested them to deliver up the prisoner to hift care, but they refused.. The captain, as well as the whalo


OTew ofthe ship; wert> d esiroua-' '*:? tfejieVe* the prisoner* and1 proposed ' buying' hyix1;* ^fthere was one on board^tfa"e: skip Now, my sea-faring brethren, I want we


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should improve upon this, so as to realize the blessed feeling that .will always attend us when we are striving to .fulfil the universal sermon that is to say, be good.Am. Old Sailor, .
:' SPIBrriTAIi ENJOYMENT.
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* Do unto others as ye would they should do unto you."
In our pursuit of the things of this world, we usually prevent enjoyment by expectation ; we anticipate our own happiness, and eat out the heart and sweetness of worldly pleasures, by -delightful forethoughts of them, so that when we come to possess them, they do not answer the expectation, nor satisfy the desires which were raised about them, and they vanish into nothing. But the things which are above are so great, so solid, so durable, so glorious, that we cannot raise our thoughts to an. equal height with them ; we cannot enlarge our desires beyond the possibility of satisfaction. Our hearts are greater than the world-; but God is greater than our hearts ; and the happiness which he hath laid up for us, is like himself, incomprehensibly great and glorious. Let the thoughts of this raise us above this world, and inspire us with greater thoughts and designs than the cares and concernments of this present life. ^


In Mrf. TKilpm a, schpojL were, two poys* brothers, from 11 to lg. years ol/L., :>ne' of these children- had, after repeated admonition, manifested a determined btetinacy, and sulky
resistance., Mr. TCilpih told him that the 'result of such conduct would be a chastisement not easily to be forgotten.. He wasj preparirjg to inflict it on the stijl hardened,childj'. whex} his brother (Paul), came forward, and entreated that he might hear the punishment in the place of his brother. Mr. Kalpin remarked, My dear Paul, you are one of my .feest ooy.s, \, you have never needed chastisement. t your mind is tender; I could not be iso unjust as to give you pain, my precious/guild." Tile dear, boy said, I shall endpre more pain to witness his disgrace and' suffering, than anything you could inflict on .me. Se ls.a'little boy, and younger and weaker than I am. Pray, sir, allow me.to take all the punishment* I will bear ahything from you. O^oy'do, sir, take me in exchange fb my haughty brother.'* ""Well, James, what say you to this' ho hie offer of Paul?" He looked at his, brother; but made no reply. Mr. ;K. stood \spent, i'aul still entreated for the punishmeiit,J that it might be finished, and wept- Mr. 3L.sa^d, "Did you ever hear of any one who" bore stripes and insults to shield offenders, Paul ?" O yes, sir ; the Lord Jesus Christ gave his
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back to the smiters for us, poor little sinners, and by bis stripes are we healed and pardoned. O sir, pardon James for my sake, and let me endure the pain.' I can bear it, better than he." 41 But your brother does not seek pardon for himself. Why should you feet this anxiety, my dear Paul ? Does he not deserve correction V* u O yes, sir ; he has broken the rules of the" school, after repeated warnings. You have said he. must suffer; therefore, as I knew you would not speak an untruth, and "the laws must be kept, and he is sullen, and will not repent, what can be done, sir ? Please-to take me, because X am stronger than he." The boy then threw his arms round his brother's neck, and wetted his sulky, hardened face with tears of tenderness. This was rather more than poor James could stand, firmly. 11 is tears began to flow, his heart melted, he sought forgiveness, and embraced his brother. Mr. K. clasped both in his arms, and prayed for a blessing from Him, of whom it is said, 44 He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities : the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
It would be easy to make remarks on this (in my opinion) beautiful anecdote, but they would be like pointing the diamond.Memoxr of Rev, Samuel JCilpirx.


J'...i, AlTEC3E>OTB OF A BENEVOLENT j FBtfALE. ,:
Some time since, a lady, whose, name has been respectfully announced, ah The lady afterwards visiting a distant part of the country, went to the church, heard a


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sermon, and was returning,, when the clergy -man, Vnnnin^-after: her, sard, If I mistake not, I am addressing such a lady ?" (mentioning her hfitn^e1-)" "'That is my namei" said she, "but I ;ha*e: no' recollection of you^" ."No, madam," saidjre; "does not your ladyship recollect* 'Visiting such a ship, and giving ah officer1 A Bible V* *'Yes," said she, I doJ" "Then, madam, I am the person, and the good. effects of it are what you have seen this morning." .*
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. TOE CHOCTAW INDIAN GIRT.
A. poor Choctaw Indian, whose hut stood alone in the wilderness, was brought to the knowledge of the Saviour, at a camp-meeting. He went home with his heart full of love and gratitude, that God had given his Son to die for sinners. He immediately began to pray in his family, and seek the blessing of his Heavenly Father on his humble meals, and taught his family all he knew about God. His wjfe:eoon became a Christian. His little daughter, five years of age, began to pray, and was so happy, that she prayed many times a day. -She soon learned one of the hymns m her language, and was delighted in singing it-She would often go into the fields and woods, and there pray and sing. She used to ask many questions about God, as, Where is he? Doe&he see me ? Docs he love me ? I lovo


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him, and want to go and see him, and be where he is." She never would eat,: whether at home or abroad, without lifting her heart to her Father above* for his r blessing. She continued in this state of mind: about' sue months, when she was taken sick. During her sickness, she was calm and happy, though her pain was very severe. She was all the time thinking of God,, and praying to him.'
On. the day she died, while her parents were weeping over her, they heard her say, Upa A/aha ma F' My. Father above, open the door, and let me inopen, the door, and let me in. Then looking at her parents, she said, ** My father and motherissa ha, ZantdnaJ? Do not hold on to me;. The door is open: I shall enter inthe door is open : I am going; and then sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. No doubt the blessed Jesus, to whom she loved to pray, opened to her the gates of Heaven* where she is now singing the. song of Moses* and the Lamb. Now, this, little heathen girl had never seen a missionary, but all the instruction she had was from her ignorant father. But she was taught .by the Holy Spirit. -i
O that the children who read this account of a heathen girl would do as she did, that when they lie on a death-bed they may say, the door of heaven is open to me, and Jesus stands ready to receive I Youth's Friend.
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THE SHIPWRECKED MARINER AND HIS BIBLB.
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. The. following anecdote was related at a late meeting of .the Aberdeen Bible Society, in Scotland,. W the Rev; Mr. Grant,-one of the
ministers of the Orkney Islands, who was an
eye witness of the-'scene-:
** Last year (1833)* ; a Swedish vessel was driven upon our coastjrin a tremendous gale, and went to ^pieces; All on board perished, except one. man, who was driven on shore, upon a piece of wreck, entwined among the ropes, half naked,' and half drowned. .As soon as the people rescued him, astonishment filled their minds, by observing a small parcel tied firmly round; his waist, with a handkerchief. Some, of them concluded it Was his money; others, it was-the ship's papers, &c. To their astonishment, it was his Bible ; a Bible given
to the lad's father, from the British and Foreign Bible Society- Upon the-blank leaf was a prayer written, that the X*erd' would make the present the means of saving his soul. Upon the other' blank leaf was an account how the -Bible cam into the old man's hands, and a tribute of gratitude to the Society. The request was, that the son should make it the man of his counsel; and that he could not allow him to depart from home without giving him the best pledge of his love, a Bible, though that gift deprived the other parts of the family. This bore evident marks of being often read."


' i: . ; *; - r. .v.: -j>.".'
IMPORTANT TEXTS OF SORIPTI7RK. XN RKL A.TTON TO TKMl'KRANCK, FOR THE USB OF SKA-MKN AND LANDSMEN. ;f :/.f
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It is good neither to eat flesh, nor drink wine, nor anything whereby^ thy brother stumbleth) or is offended, or is made weak. (^2jW.l4: 21. :, ....
Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink ;> that continue till night, till wine inflame them; and the harp, and the viol, and the pipe, and wine are in their feasts; but they regard not tfre work of the Lord, neither consider the operations of his hands; therefore, hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.rLsaiahy 5 : 11, 12, 14.;; ; .
Strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.Tsaiak^ 24: 9- *'
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. '-Prov. 20 : 1.
Do not drink wine, nor strong drink; thou, nor thy sons with, thee, when ye go into- the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die. Lev. 10; 9.
Woe to them that drink wine in bowls; that cause the seat of violence to come near ; but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.AmoSj 6:6. ;i
Who hath woe ? Who hath sorrow ? Who hath wounds without cause ? They that' tarry


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long at the wine ; that go to seek mixed wine.
,i.'Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh; for the drunkard, and the
flutton, shall come to poverty.I^rov. .23 : 6,21. .
Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink, and to-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.Isaiah, 56 : 12.
DSTor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, shall inherit 'the kingdom of God'.-1 Cor. Q :
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For the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, in which the proud, yea, all that do wickedly, shall be stubble, and the day that ebmeth shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that .it shall leave them neither root nor branch.Mai. 4:1.
Let us walk honestly, not in rioting and drunkenness.Rom. 13 : 13.
Woe to him that giveth his neighbor drink, that putteth thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also.-HabaJc. 2 : 15.
Saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of my heart, to add drunkenness to thirst; the Ix>rd will not spare him ; but then, the anger of the Lord, and his jealousy, will smoke against that man ; and all the curses that are written in this book, shall lie/upon him ; and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.DetU. 29 : 19; 20.
But and if that evil servant shall say in his


heart, my Lord delayeth his coming, and shall begin to ;smite his fellow servant8jaud't6reat, and drink with the drunken, the Lord of that servant shall .come in a day when ha looketh nbt,for' h'irn,; and in* an hour that be is not aware : of, and shall cut him asunder; and appoint.'him his portion with the hypocrites ; there'shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ^MdtL 24 ; 48, 51.
. THE SEAMEN'S CHAPLAIN. to
Some years ago, a vessel which was blessed with. & -pious chaplain, and was bound to a distant part of the world, happened 'to'be detained by -contrary winds, Over a 'Sabbath, at the Isle of Wight. The chaplain improved the opportunity to preach to the inhabitants. His' text was, "Be clothed with humility." Among his hearers was a thoughtless-' girl, who-had come to show her fine dreSS,J-rather than to be instructed. The sermon was the means of her conversion..' Her name* was Elizabeth Wallbridge, the celebrated "Ihury-man*s Daughter," whose interesting history, by the late Rev. Leigh Richmond, has been printed in various languages, and widely circulated, to.the spiritual benefit of thousands. What a reward was this for a single-Sermon, Preached "out of season/' by a seamen's chap-


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THE WISE CHOICE ; OR, GEEENWIOH FAIR. '
Sailors, when in foreign ports, are often very anxious to have days of liberty, as they are called, wherein they, may go on shore, and recreate themselves. To guard young sailors against the evils, of this practice, we recommend to them the careful perusal of < the following story of one whose industry and integrity raised him from being a poor, friendless coy, to respectability and affluence :
44 When I was a young man,,, 44 Ah, Thomas, so I thought; but it is my duty to tell you, you had better not go. In the first place, you will lose half a day's wages; in the next, you will spend at least two day's wages more; and it is not very unlikely that you will get into bad company. Wnat mischief bad company will do you, it is impossible to say ; but it often leads young men to ruin. You may run into excess; and if you think rightly of the follies and accidents


that excess brings aboutsometimes ill healthy and sometimes'sudden death;you would be persuaded,- and not go.* -;"*
** Why, siry I mean to wallc there, and that will cost nothing*;' then 3: can take a bit of bread and cheese in my handkerchief, and need not spend anything ; as 'to bad company, I think I am proof against any temptation of the kind.' ":
"'No doubt yon think so, Thomas; yon do not know what Greenwich Fair is. If you have made up your mind to go, we will have dinner at one o'clock, that you may be off at two; but again I tell you, you had better not
go-*
" 'Why, sir, I have set my heart upon it, and shall think it hard not to go there once in my life.'
14 *Very well, Thomas; at two o'clock you may go.'"
" Exactly at one o'clock my master ordered in dinner ; and no sooner did the clock strike two, than he told me I was at liberty. I took but a short time to get ready, and set off for Greenwich, with my little stock of provisions, to. prevent me spending money. A great many people are going over London Bridge; for all the way to Greenwich, on a fair time, the road is like a market. .At the foot of the bridge, at the time, there were some water works, and I leaned over the bridge to look at them. I thought of the crowds of people at Greenwich Fair, and of the water works


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that I .-was looking at; hut I thought mora of
what my muster had said to irie, than all put together. When words at on*2e.:get a firm hold OQ you, it is ,-a- yery hard matter/to -get rid of them. Here had I a half day's holiday, victuals and money in. my pocket, the sun shining, and. crowds q people hastening to enjoy themselves ; and yet, for the, life of me, I "could not go on. The advice of my master was uppermost in my mind, and I thought that I should do better iu. attending to it, and
f'oing back to my employment, than in going or ward to Greenwich K;u r. ; -1 cannot say. hut it cost me a great. deal to give np. the point. I looked one way, and then the other way, and the scales were so nicely balanced that- a feather would have turned them. /When I thought of Greenwich, it seemed impossible to give up the fair ; when X thought of- my master's advice, it was impossible to go on. -A_t last, prudence won the day, and I made the best of my way back to my work. ,
44 4 Wby, Thomas, iaL it you ?"',, said nay master, when he saw me. 4 W"by, il thought you were frolicking at Greenwich* W. hat has brought you back again?'
44 X told him., that on stopping on Xiondon Bridge, to look at the, water-works, I* had thought over the advice he had given me,-.and had made Up my. mind to OQjne hack, to my work.,, You are a prudent lad, Thomas,' was the remark he made to me, cmd I set to work a great deal more comfortable i my mind


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t&tfl IW^nt*ceI&lrbfet Off foglttieog*
tho h*H *hen Sattrr^.y nigrit coj
master paid By wages 5* full, and ft&eh
down'a iguittfea by. r said no, 4 take thai. You have acted; pru-deaily in fq^owing^yoar' master's advice, and cot going to Greenwich, and I trust ybm t#ill not have occasion -to repent of it.' - Z'l&til .For aught I know, this was a turn in hiy. Hfo. Had I .gone to Gree n w ieh -Farrf'atf isf not unlikely that things wotild have happened
just as ray master said j and if nothing else' had occurred, perhaps-it -would havo been the beginning of bad haJiita, which inigkt liave
clung to me all say days ; -whereas, ;by taking-good, counsel, X had got a golden guanaa, ther good opinion of my master t and the t*>ob afltrdtika anbodotelfilia_l. piety.
A young hid, but newly admitted into the rnili tary aohooi,. soon made himself appear of rather a singular disposition, by his remarkable abstemiousness. Whatever variation'"-of diet was allowed, he bwof site anything but bread and -soutp, and.dro&k nothing-trot water. The governor4>eing mfohned of this conduct, so very noccanfifin in a boy, 'attributed it bo
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an. indiscreet devotion, and reproved him for it. Nevertheless, the lad persisted, and the irhvernor mentionedS*&be> i|lIfo|HWJttf Ii/ni"lii Monsieur Paris Dttvera^p. He"-had -^he boy called before him, and with his Usual mildness and moderation, represented 'to him thatf snch singularity was by no"means proper or allowable in a public institution, and; that1 he must
certainly conform to the rales and diet estab-v lished there. He afterwards nnsuccessfally-endeavored to find out the reason that could induce the boy to act in such a manner, and said that ;he would send him home again to his family- This menace had the desired effect, and he then disclosed the motive of his conduct. **Yon will not, I hope, be displeased with me, sir," he said; but X conld not bring myself to enjoy what I think: luxury, while I reflect that my dear father and mother are in the vutmost indigence. They could afford themselves and me no better food than the coarsest bread, and of that but very little. .Here, I have excellent soup, and as much fine white-bread.as I would, choose. I look upon this to be very good living; and the recollection of the situation in which I left my parents, would not permit me to indulge myself by eating anything elae/*
.'Monsieur Duverney and the governor could n*t restrain their tears at such an early instance of fortitude and sensibility. If your father has been in the service," said M. Duverney, how comes it that he has got no pension ?"


v For -want ofH**ds ami modey, sin," the yoQtt. "Ho has hee*i upwards of a year soliciting one, feut his money ana resources failed ; and rather than contract debta -at Vm sailles, he is content to languish in the manner I have told y^;?'!?^ saU/lL Barome^, *-* if the fact-appears-to have been as yoii have stated fy.J^mut^
a pension of fry jhun^dred -livres. In the meantime, here^-are,;three Iouisd'ors for yourself, as. a present from the King, and & will advance yojur father six monthsTpay, out of the pension I am certain of obtaining, for him. How can ybu, send the money to him, sir ?" said the boy- X*et that give yon no uneasiness," replied M. Duverney ; *M shall find ineana." .Ah, sir," said the boy, with precipitation, if you: can do it so easily, be pleased to send him these three louis d'ors you were -so kind as to give me. I want nothing here, and they would be of the greatest service to my father, for my brothers and sisters." How delightful to the sensible mind are such emanations of pious gratitude I
JOHN GORDON.
One man was taken on board in Baffin's Bay. He was a good seaman; hut he swore, drank, and had all the bad qualities of a seaman, also. By the mercy of God, he was led to Mr. Cooper's school, where the Word


the.o*aiir flov'b &ook3ml
blessod to his amil. 1*bc man wan-illiterate ; but 30 greatly had the Bible enlightened his mind, that I often got more goodmore real' informationfrom > him. than from a
sermon. He had the most correct vicwn of
the way of salvation, and adoraedthe profess* ion. which he made, by hi conduct lie ac-oozhpanied us in three of our expeditions, and proved to be one of the best men in the crew. If there was any post of danger-any part of the expedition that was more trymg than anotherany doty that was more difficult than anotherthere Gordon was found ready. When the fourth expedition was fitted out, he was one of the first to enter the ship. But on coming down the river, when we got to Gravesena, the men were employed in a boat sending out an anchor and a hawser. Gordon was in the boat. The object was to throw out the anchor. Suddenly a tremendous outcry was heard, and it was found that- the anchor had caught the gunwale of the boat, and that the men were in danger. Gordon, who was a very powerful, athletic man, full six feet high,, was tne first-to rush forward, and to aim to lift with his muscular arm the whole weight of the anchor. He succeeded in lifting it; but the cable got twisted round his body, he was dragged out into the sea, and was seen no more. I have no fear for John Gordon ; but I earnestly entreat all who hear me to use their utmost endeavors to make hundreds and


thousands of John Gordons, that they may lie fully prea*ed for aH> that'rjttay await- them;-***-Captain hir Edward Parry. -v^-F^ -
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: THE MISSIONARY SHIP. t
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When that day which beholds the dawn of millenial glory shall arrive, all the various employments m which men are now engaged will be made to contribute to the extension and establishment of the reign and kingdom of Christ. Men will then go to their labor, and pursue it with alacrity, in order that they may thereby contribute to the' furtherance of the gospel. Whole nations and sceptred kings shall emulate each other in the work of sending the light of divine truth over the world. Commerce, and all the improvements of civilized nations, will then furnish increased facilities for the spread of the gospel over the whole earth. Then the Vast caravan that traverses the pathless desert, with its camels and dromedaries, laden with spices, and gold, and incense, shall traverse those same burning sands, laden with Bibles, tracts, and missionaries, to make known to the remotest land the glad tidings of salvation. Then the countless ships, whose sails now whiten every sea, bearing merchandise and the products of each clime to almost every spot on the globe, shall be waited over those same seas, laden with the bread of life, and the preachers of reoon-


oiliation, going to. every land upon which tkq eon shines,tp-make known toe; uosearchablo riches of Christ.'
An event that occurred just before we reached England, in a recent visit to that country, strikingly reminded us of the coming of that glorious dav, to which we just alluded. The event to which X refer was the departure of a missionary ship to the.South Sea Islands. The ship Camden was fitted out for the express purpose of being employed in. .missionary worfc. It was destined .not only to convey a. cargo of missionaries to those distant islands, but to'be employed in their servioe., Previous, to the departure of the ship, there was a. large and most interesting meeting beW in the Tabernacle, at London, to which we adverted m our last number, in the article headed, *" The Honored. Missionary." One of the principal missionaries, about to sail in that snip, and who was the centre of attraction and interest on that memorable evening, was- the Bev. John Williams.
So novel was the occurrence of a ship being sent out solely on the Saviour's errand, that for many days previous to its departure, though it lay in the W^est India export dock, a distance of seven or eight miles from large portions of the city* and suburbs of London, Vast numbers continually clustered, to the pier, and crowded her deck. And at times this vessel was so thronged below with living beings, that they were literally wedged togeth-


tarn m&tom**** "1 *K '
or, and could not get tip nor dowB, neithe^ backward nor forward. JSntone single vessel,1 I' believe, ever before sailed from the sboveav of Great Britain on a similar expedition, for the sole purpose of carrying the light of divine truth to the nations sitting in darkness. That vessel-was the ship Duf^ which left England in 1700;
- It can well be conceived, from the facts town ich we have just adverted, that the meeting on the evening previous to the departure of1 the missionary ship, was one of-deep and ovej?^ whelming interest, and that immense crowds thronged there to listen to the parting words-of those- eminent servants of God, who were-going baok to renew their labors-among those: who were perishing for lack of knowledge. .
May the time speedily come when there; shall sail, not only from the British, but also from the American shores, many ships, bearing many sueh missionaries, in spirit, zeali and devotedness, as the- Rev. John "Williams. EpiscopoX Recorder.
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NOBLE CONDUCT OF fWO SEAMEN".
The generous character of a sailor is proverbial ; but seldom has. it fallen, to our happy lot to record an action more truly noble than the following, which took; place a few days ago, in this. city. A poor widow woman, who occupied two rooms in the lower part of


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Commercial street, since the death of her husband, about aim months since, has been compelled to earn a living for herself, and a family of young children, by taking in washing ; and with all her industry and economy, her quarterly rent bill became due before she could scrape, together sufficient to discharge it. "Unfortunately for her, the landlord was one of Old Crumbs' school 2 cold and calculating, mercenary and unfeeling./ His sole business was to collect his rents, and all his recreation seemed to be to distress the virtuous. She begged of him to grant her time. He gave her twp days. She asked for more, and He refused, stating that unless her rent was paid before twelve o'clock on the following day, every stick of her furniture should be put out of doors.
. The time arrived, when, agreeably to promise, his lackeys were sent down, and the threat was begun to be put into execution. The oor woman prayecT the unfeeling landlord to esist in his purpose, but her prayers were in vain. At length, giving up entirely to despair and wounded pride, she seated herself upon her forlorn bed, with her little children crying around her. At % this moment, two jolly American tars happened by, and espying the work going on, the door open, and the wretched woman and her children weeping, immediately stopped their course, and began to reconnoitre. i say, ship-mate," cried one, there is


iWtaarf war's t^ooiaiat* 4
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some foul play going on in these waterslet's overhaul iW^crtftT^;
"Ay, ay, Jack," replied the other, "the young 'omtffl ;by- the bed/has lfoie*ed'r signals of distress^-rher pumps are going in right earnestlet's give her a..long bail,, rvV,
The tars called the woman to them, and from her soon learned the whole of her story.
" "Well, now, shipmate, if that land-pirato hadn't ought to be lathered with hot tar, scraped with a rusty hoop, and then keelhauled, for iaying his grappling-iron on her few loose spars that are scattered about this wreck. Never mind, my good 'oman ; keep your spirits up, and-we'll set you in the right course, with plenty of ballast and provisions. I say, you land-lubbers, just belay mere upon them things we'll be responsible for the damage."
" How much do you owe this land-pirate ?"
The woman told the amount, when Jack took from his wallet the same,, in -hard currency, and paid the bill, made the woman a present of a handful of silver, while his shipmate, in the mean time, went to a butcher's shop near by, and brought Jaack a large joint of meat, for the dinner of herself and poor children. They left, after receiving the poor woman's blessings, and wishes for their prosperity, and went whistling through the streets, as though nothing had happened.Boston Herald.


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THE COMPASS; OB, CHRISTIAX SAHjOK.
I>ark In the night*' and loud the wind;
The b^uqu^ dreary watch J keep, And etrive in this loi>e waste to find
Some solace for the weary mind, ; Denied the balm of sleep-
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And Is there not a lesson tati^ht
Th*3 seaman,, as Hla coarse he steers f Behold his precious compass, fraught With document of serums thought.
And quiet for his fears*./ '. *.
Hie needle, see, its course maintain !
Though mountain-high the billows roll. And foam, and. toes, and pour again Their briny torrent, vt will remain
Aye steady to the pole.
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Why f with the magnet's wondrous power, *
An artist touched the quivering steel* It knew no guidancetill that hour, Nor since hath wanderedj; storms may lower, Twill still that influence feel,
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So I, though rude, may learn to know The power of ^race upon the soul:
The storm may rise-tohe l^mp^t blow
My heaven-tauht faith no change shall know. Aye steady to its pole.
The winds are hushed, the storm is o'er ;
Light moves the-ship on ocean's breast; Soon shall wereaoh the wish'd-for shore: When reachah, whento leave no more.
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The young man whose conversion we axe about to relate, and whom we shall,'foe convenience, call Jacfc, was born of parents decidedly pious-parents who devoted their only child to the IiOrdj and said, with Hannah, As long as he liveth he shall be lent to the IjorcL* When the germ of intellect began to unfold itself, they commenced their parental instructions. They were mindful to nip in the bud the first fruits of obstinacy and passion, and instil and cherish amiable sentiments and habits. They taught him diligently the way of the Xord, and talked to. him of the com? mandments of God, when they sat in their house, and when they walked by the way, when they lay down, and when they rose up."
At eight years of age, Jack indicated a serious turn of mind. This favorable omen raised the hopes of his parents. Many times they looked forward with joyful expectations to the period when their son should not only 11 rock the cradle.of declining years," but be a father in IsraeL and a useful member of society. Hut, alas I, alas 1 in a short time, to all human appearance, their hopes were blighted, and their expectations cut off; for, at fifteen, their son associated with two youths of deist-ical principles, who soon placed in the hands of their new companion some of their favorite publications ; aha, at seventeen, Jack was a deist.


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He threw off all parental restraints, and forgot all filial obligations. 'The on treaties, reproofs, directions, tears, and groans of his parents, were apparently abortives "He haled :u^rne-tion, and his heart despised ^prodf." -'HfeCre^ solved in his mind to -be a sailor-; and early one morning,v prodigal li ke; he left his; father1** house, taking with him ten pounds from a private drawer. He waiftderetl to Hull, and engaged with a captain fbrfbar yearsi' During this period^ his strong and ardent passions were enlisted, withjproojgibas oflect, rn the service of Satan. Has ^irreiigioh Was open and fearless; it was a resistless current, bearing everything along with it \ Soon, indeed, did -it Weep away the ramparts of a religious education, and all the restraints -it had imposed upon hira. !N~o one could have appeared at a greater distance froni the kingdom of God. '
\A.t the expiration of his service, Jack had become a confirmed in fide], After spending some time in Hull, he determined to v^isit itiv-erpool. Accordingly, he commenced his journey ; and although he travelled within thirty-miles of his father's house, he turned not aside to tarry for a night I On his arrival at [Liverpool, he engaged with a captain who was bound for New York. > In a short time they set sail ; and not many days elapsed before Jack was called to witness a seene, which, of all others, was to him the most unpleasant. The caotain and -matte, who were trulypidfts, i


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were accustomed, to call together, on the Sab-hath day, as many of the men as could be spared, for the purpose^ of religious worship, which con sis tea of singing, reading, and prayers. This procedure Jack hesitated not to pronounce nonsense. He cursed and swore bitterly, and many hundred times he wished himself on shore. The captain informed him that one regulationof the ship was, to fine for every oath. At this remark, Jack found himself annoyed, and, with a heavy oath, declared he might fine his blood and bones, if he liked: he would do his work as a man, but he would have his own way; observing, at the same time, that he had left home because of such nonsense, and he never intended to be plagued and pestered with it abroad. The captain caught one sentence which dropped from the lips of Jack : He had left home because of such nonsense." This begat in his mind a peculiar feeling towards the thoughtless and impenitent youth.
Through the good providence of God, they got safe to New York. Jack had declared many times that he would leave the ship. But although he resolved and re-resolved, he never could muster courage and power to go. There was a loadstone in that ship, to which Jack was a stranger,there was prevalency in the faithful prayers of the parents, with which he was not acquainted.
The time came when they had to return to England, and Jack was in his place. On
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tljeir return,' about the second Sabbath, Jaclc attended the religious service of the day, in / manner he had not been wont to do. IDurihg the remainder of the week, he evinced great concern of mind ; and, on the following Sabbath, he was fully convinced of the error of his wayj while the captain was, reading the third lecture of the tev. George Young's "Lectures on the Book of Jonah," entitled, "Jonah's guilt detected," especially the following paragraph: "In numerous instances the effects of sin fall not on the sinner alone, but on all who are connected with him. Ungodly parents often entail misery and shame on their ofifepring; and, on the other hand, the crimes of children often bring down the gray hairs of their parents with sorrow to the grave. In like manner, how often do we see wicked husbands, brothers, or friends, imbittering the lives of their relations, or bringing them to ruin, by their vicious courses! How baneful are the effects of sin I How wide the havoc which it causes, and the sorrows which it spreads in families, societies, or States We cannot abhor too much that abominable thing so hateful to God, and so ruinous to man. i*et us hasten to escape from this worst of enemies, by believing in that divine Saviour, who came to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself,' and 1 who gave himself up for USj that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar peoole, zealous of good works.' "


trltwas then that the light of heaven struck: tfre; sinner.; with ; deep conviction. : He /; was awakened to a sense of his real state. The? depravity of his nature, and the evils that had flowed from that corrupt fountain, were laid. Open to; his view. He retired apart, and wept. O how gentle and tender are the methods by wh,ich God often reclaims the prodigal from his wanderings in a far country T
. It was not^>y the terrors of Judgment that the subject of this narrative was induced to lay down the weapons of his rebellion, which he had so long wielded against., the Majesty of Heaven, but rather by the still small voice of mercy, overcoming the aversions of the heart wholly set upon the perishable objects of time and sense. The emotions struggling within could no longer be concealed. Inward conviction of sin led to its external abandonment. The change which took place in the moral habits of Jack, induced the captain to interrogate him in reference to his family connections, when he made a frank confession, and told him he was born of praying parents, related the manner in which ne was brought up, his associations with two young men. of; deistical principles, his leaving home, and the life he had led since that time. This confession was made with sighing and weeping, rthe captain gave him suitable instructions^ and directed him to the "ILamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
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of wbom Moses in the law and, the prophets did write," to the joy of his soul. W"hat a happy circumstance i The soul of a prodigal restoredthe soul of an infidel savedthe soul of a sailor on the bosom of the deep converted from the error of his ways This event would give joy to angels ; for there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth I* Old things passed away, and all things became new. Jack was a new creature in Christ Jesus. He often talked with the captain, in a very feeling manner, of his parents : whether they were dead or alive, as he had not heard of them for more than six years; and wished to be at liberty, as soon as the ship arrived, that he might return to his father's house. This request was readily granted by the pious captain ; for, on his arrival in Xiverpool, Jack was permitted to go home-On his way, his mind was variously exercised. Sometimes his spirit rejoiced in him, at the thought that in a short time he should communicate to his distressed parents the pleasing intelligence of his conversion to God ; anon, his mind was greatly depressed, lest, on arriving at the destined spot, he should be under the painful necessity of dropping the unavailing tear over their mouldering ashes.
At the close of the second day's journey, he arrived at the place of his nativity. On entering the village, he inquired of an old man, who was crossing the road, if such a person lived at the high end. On receiving


an answer > in th e; k& r ni a ti v e ; his heart leaped
toook at the door, and see If they would recog-
.; .On- apprqaching the house, lie heard the voice of dcvotiou. I& was his. father's prayer.-He listened^ and; among the petitions heard the following : li O l^ord I thou knowest where He is, who is. near and dear to us. .If he is alive, follow; him with; the strivings of the Spirit; and. may it please thee to restore the prodigal again to his father's house-" ;, Jack could no longer forbear. He knocked at the door:-his affectionate mother appeared -p-he threw his arms about her, and kissed, herhis father, rising from .his knees, eunbraced his long-lost child, and, with inexpressible feelings, of pleasure,, exclaimed, Thisr my son was dead, and is alive again ; he was lost, and is found." All were suffused with tears, and every countenance bespoke the inward emotions of the heart.-iipisc&pal Io~ Gorder.

THE SELF-MADE MAN,
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It ought to be deeply impressed on the mind of every youth, that respectability is attached to no profession. No station can confer it, and no employment, however humble, can deprive a man of it, if the duties of that station be uprightly and virtuously performed. Merit in the man renders- his station
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respectable. "Without ihtelh{jehce and virtae, the man of property^ the physician, the lawyer, or a man of any other station, claims no respect1; and with it, the young mechanic, or the farmer* is truly'respectable ; and respected "by all who know* him, he cannot fail to be. et young men employed in the various mechanic trades but use their leisure time for improving their minds ; let them, while so doing, shun vice, and abhor the arts of those who would fill them with discontent, poison their principles, and hurry them on to rashness and folly, aha. they will secure respectability. Franklin was a printer's boy. Sobriety, good conduct, and the judicious improvement of his time, raised him to distinction.
A rkwright occupied the humble post of a barber ; but his skill, aided by reading, reflection, and a good conduct, raised him to affluence, the honors of knighthood, and the still greater honor of great usefulness, and an unsullied reputation.
Hoger Sherman, of Connecticut, was a shoemaker. He rose to eminence at the bar, to a seat in Congress, and to a great and merited celebrity throughout his country ; not by railing at religion, or drinking the debasing pleasures of vice, but by applying his powerful mind to reading and thinking, and by determined adherence to the dictates of right principles. The same road is open to all; and though every young farmer cannot hope to become a "Washington, nor every mechanic an


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ArkwrightyOr a Sherman, yet all may become virtuous, well' informed, and respectable ; and at this very day, young mechanics may see before their eyes living examples to' show that virtue, industry, andT intelligence lead the mechanic to competence, confer on him respect, and array him with influence. Let only the season of youth be rightly improved, and no station of life, no employment, can possibly debar a young man from that weight in the community to which intelligence and virtue always entitle their possessor! Rev. Mr* Hamilton*
PROVIDENCE.
A careless sailor, on going to sea, remarked to his religious brother ; Tom, you talk a great deal about religion and providence; and if I should be wrecked, and a ship was to heave in sight, and take me off, I suppose you would call it a merciful Providence. It's all very well, but I believe no such thing. These things happen, like other things, by mere chance, and you call it Providence; that's all I" He went upon his voyage, and the case he had put hypothetically, was soon literally true. He was wrecked, and remained upon the wreck three days, when a ship appeared, and seeing their signal of distress, came to their relief. He returned, and in relating it, said to his brother, O Tom, when that ship hove in sight, my words to you came in a


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moment toray mi ad. It was like a "bolt Of thunder ; I have never got ridiOf it; and now I think: it no more than an act of common gratitude, to givemyeelf up to Him who pitied and saved ix&"^Churcfu
i. WAt-KS OF T73EKTJI-NESS IN NEW YORK.
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Having reached the wharves- at the lower part of the eity, I resolved to try the sailors, who appeared to be very busy about their vessels. So I walked up to one, and said to him, I suppose you have been several voyages." Ves sir," said he, I have followed the seas ever since I was fourteen years old, and I have never remained on land more than two months- at a time;" "And you must have had much rough weather during your life," said I. The pride of the honest tar immediately began to swell, and he gave me a comprehensive history of his dangers and sufferings. "Well, friend, I also am bound on a voyage, and expect it will be full of variety." Where are you bound ?" said he. To heaven," I replied. To heaven !" said he, I do not recollect to have heard of that port. Pray, sir, in what part of the world is it?" "It is in no part of the world, and it is invisible to mortals ; and no one who has reached it ever wishes to return to visit his friends." "Indeed said he, it must be a singular place. What ship do you sail in ?"


In the ship called IHvine Frovie^neeV': S have now been more than thirty years on. the voyage, and I know not that I shall reach place of destination ibrthirtjr years, to -'tiofeitev* Upon this he set up avery hearty laugh, and. called to his comrades, who very soon came around him. "Here is a queer fellow,4' said he to them. "He says he is bound on a voyage to heaven, sails in the ship Divine Providence; that he has been more than thirty years already on the voyage, and does not know that he will reach his port fbr thirty years to come." They all laughed immoderately, and were about to ask many curious questions; but I desired them to be serious, assuring them there was more meaning in my language than they imagined. I told them they were all bound on the same voyage with myself, though I feared they would not reach the same port, unless they changed their course. The voyage," said I, "is human life, which is under the direction of Providence ; and I perceive that some of you, my friends, have been a considerable time on this voyage. We must all have met with some rough weather ; but He who guides the ship has preserved us from sinking. Now, tell me where you expect to be when this voyage is ended ? There are but two ports to receive every voyager : these are heaven and hell. I fear many of your companions have already gone to the last place, and you will surely reach there, unless you 1 tack about.' Asen-


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ousness appeared in every countenance,' wfai&h encouraged me to proceed* '.'-I have with me," said I, a most, excellentJ chart. of the yoyage above-mentioned, which I: will give you, to direct you in the right track. It was drawn by the Master, under whose direction I sail, and by several of his experienced scrvaute; hut it was all inspected by him, and is very accurate," So saying, I pulled out a Bible from my pocket, and requested them to accept it, assuring them that if. they steered their course by this, they would certainly reach the kingdom of heaven. This will show you where .every danger is, and throw such light upon your course, that you cannot mistake it^. It at any time you are in, doubt as to the right way, or if you should get out of the way, by consulting your chart you will soon get back again. The reason why so many get wrecked on their voyage is, that they are too proud or too ignorant to examine their chart. They will sail according to their own notions^ and hence they always go wrong, and many do not get convinced till it is too late to alter their course. But let us. now drop this figurative language, and converse in a plainer style." "O yes," said one, "and you are a clever fellow, and you intend, to give us good advice. You are of the same stamp of. the man at Philadelphia, who preaches, to sailors. I have heard many a good lecture from him, and I hope they have done me good." ** Well then," I observed, 411 suppose you have often


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"been in very perilous sitnations .wben "-at .Yes sir," said the man wftb had j u-gt ^polnih, sailors arc often at their:wits1 end, and ."ver^ frequently there is but xi. step between them am i deatfai" ** An d, > I suppose, when> you haveseen'your danger, .and have expected to be swallowed up in the -deep,, yoir cried tb'the Lord for- rnercyJ' Yes," Said another, I remember when our ship sprang a le;ik in -a storm, and we were to id we miwt soon be in eternity, I fell to .praying- very earnostly. I said if God wouldr~deIiver me from, death, I would never be so wicked again as I had been ; I would never swear, nor quarrel, nor do anything which I knew to -be Wrong." And did you remember your resolutions, and 'pay the vows swhich your lips uttered when you was in trouble?'" "O no, Sir,'I soon forgot the danger, and became as thoughtless and wicked as ever." Several of them acknowledged that they had conducted in ft similar manner. "How great has been the mercy of God," said Iy "toward you. He has delivered you in six troubles; he has quelled the boisterous waves, when they were ready to swallow you up. Yon ought to have remembered his wonders in the deep, and to have praised his name. I hope you will think upon your ways, and turn your feet unto Ood'e testimonies; that yon will make haste and delay not to keep his commandments; and may we all remember that we are wafted upon the ocean of life towards that 1 undiscovered


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country, from whose bourne -no one returns.'* And may we so live in this world, through the faith of the Son of God, who loved us, and gave himself for us, that we may all be safely anchored in that haven, where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at ^est.,, I cast my eye over the little group, and perceived the tears trickling down the weather-beaten cheeks of several. As I parted from them, they all pulled off their hats in a respectful manner, and pronounced many benedictions.Guardian and Monitor*
THE CONFESSION.A TRUE STORY.
r Children should be early impressed with the necessity and importance of recalling and confessing their sins. To confess particular sins is often a profitable exercise, as by repeating only a general confession, they may acquire a habit of passing it thoughtlessly over, or looking upon sin merely as something of common and unavoidable occurrence. The following Btory was related to me by the person under whose observation the incident happened, and will serve as a striking instance of the hardness of heart which may come upon those who neglect or omit this important duty.
" Several years since, the commander of a vessel, on the eve of sailing for America, from Calcutta, was applied to by a seaman, for the purpose of being engaged in his employ. He


professed to be an Englishman, and*, "by :his conversation, appeared to be above the; -* - -of ordmairy sailors. He p&e and\
and withal had bucIi a careMomaid-dej^Cted countenance, that he seemed hardly fitted to undertake the' duties of a long Voyage;' He produced, however, testimonials of* faithfulness and industry from several respectable employers, andj as ne declared himself in good health, and stated that the climate had caused his temporary emaciation, he was engaged, and forthwith entered upon the duties of his new station.
** After the vessel had set sail, he became distinguished among his fellow-seamen for his reserve, and unwillingness to be associated with them, evidently not from pride, or- personal dislike to them, but from a peculiar sullenness of temper; and the abstracted and unhappy look which he* always wore, and the short, repulsive answers which he gave to all, soon estranged him from the kind. regards, and even the passing notice of his companions. He was, however, steadily seen at his duties, passively and silently obedient to every order, neglecting nothing that was assigned to him, and, under "all circumstances, appearing cold, and unmovea, and uninterested.
"'Never,' said his commander, have I seen such a personification of a statue. His features were as of chiselled marblefixed and un relaxing, and his eyes with one amazing expression of sullen despair. In so large a
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ship's company, we were not often thrown into close and familiar! contact, and when not in the Hot of .obeying my immediate orders, he would always ayoid me when I approached him. Though there were several things in his air and conduct to repel inquiry, yet T several times ventured to ask him particulars of his health or history. His answers, though respectful, were short and u nsatisfactory ; and, indeed, he seemed possessed of a peculiar faculty of repulsing even his superiors/
"'Nearly two months of the voyage had passed without any incident occurring worthy of note. I had remarked no change in him, except that he had become evidently much emaciated; and although no complaint escaped him, he was visibly and daily losing strength. vV hen I told him I was willing to excuse him from his more laborious duties, he coldly replied : I do not wish to be idle. I am not so strong as X might be, but I am well enough.' This was said in his usual repulsive tone, and as I saw his unwillingness to receive even the expressions of kindness or interest, I forbore to molest him further.
" 1 About this time, we experienced a severe hurricane, which required every one at his post, and at active duty. In the burse of the flay, X .missed the English seaman, and on asking for him, was told he was so feeble as to be unable to leave his bed. Being myself constantly engaged in the duties of my station, I gave orders that he should be well taken


care of; and when I afterwards iacraired about him, I was always told, Chat he' V*a W/fcll enough, but was too cross and lazy to- wort: that it was no use to offer him any kindness, as he would only answer angrily m return; and that he was of too,bad a temper even to eat more than occasionally a sea biscuit, Even if I had had leisure to attend to hirh, I own I had almost conceived1 a dislike to the man, so forbidding and disagreeable had been his whole behavior; consequently, I felt but little inclination to have more mterconrse with him than was necessary. My engagements, however, were too peremptory to admit of farther attentions on my part than inquiries respecting him.
41 For three weeks we experienced such a continuance of boisterous and severe weather, that every man in the ship was almost in constant requisition. I was myself worn down with want of rest; and I should have thought two hours of uninterrupted Bleep a luxtirjv.
"1 At length We were cheered by the return of fair weather, and never was rest more needed and welcomed by alL It had become almost a perfect calm, and about midnight I had thrown myself across a birth and fallen asleep. I had beeu sleeping probably not more than half an hour, when I was awakened by a slight noise, and standing up, I beheld at the foot of the cabin stairs, a tau strange looking figure, wrapped in a sheet, which nearly touched the ground 1 One wasted arm was exposed,


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and as the emaciated hand grasped the sheet, It seemed as if through the transparent, skin every bone, could be counted. The bright moonlight enabled me to discern every feature, and so "intensely were the black sunken eyes- fixed: upon me, that for an instant a feeling of awe came over me.. The next moment I was on my feet, and receiving no answer to my question of "Who are you?' I stepped forward and raised my hand as if to grasp the arm, when the man replied in a low voice,. Do me no harm, sir, I am "Ned "Wilson.* It was the English sailor, whom I had not seen for three weeksj and who had become so altered, that not until I had looked fixedly at him, did I recognise his pallid features. I said to him in a stern tone, 4 And what has brought you here at such an hour? Come, go immediately to bed.' He answered, but in a tone of voice so unlike his usual manner of speaking, that I was touched in a moment. 4 Don't speak harshly, to me, sir, I. beseech you.' 4"Well then,' I said, as kindly as I could, 4 tell me what has brought you here at such an hour. It is not fit that one so enfeebled as you appear to be, should be out of his bed. Come, I will take you back.' 4 No, no,' and he gasped for breath as he laid his hand upon my arm, 'they-my messmateswould hear what X have to say, and it must not be.' The thought instantly occurred to me that he was not in his right mind, and I again said to him, 4 Come, come, you must go back; it is very wrong for


you. to be Jt^^r^j^'-^IB^^'WnW ^*gjjf 'Six,' said be in a solemn tone, 'you must bear toe. ; I rise from nry deaftu bed lie* tell fou.
what no other ears must hear, Atid which milst be told before I die, or,' he stopped, and a convulsive shuddering eboofe hm whole frame. c Or what V I asked. Or'my soul is lost forever r
** *I was for a moment subdued and a Wed by his unearthly appearance, and the solemn stillness that reigned around added efiect to what he said. It again occurred to me that he might be raving, and I again endeavored1 to persuade him to go to bed. But he; Stopped me with' As a dying man, I will be-heard; and if you will save my soul, you will hear me.' Willing to soothe .his increasing agitation, I told him to 'be brief, as,-if he wished to communicate anything secretly to mewe should be interrupted by the awakening of those sleeping near us. He looked suspiciously around, and approaching me closely, whispered, 1 But you must swear, swear solemnlyj never, never to reveal what I shall confess.7 I promised faithfully to keep his secret; and as, in broken and detached sentences, he related the particulars of a dreadful crime which' he had committed several years before, I became almost as agitated as himself. As he concluded he seemed relieved of a fearful burthen. We were both silent for several minutes. And now,' said he, grasping my arm and looking in my face, as if his destiny depended
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on my answer, 'tell me if my soul is lost forever, v .-j j .. / 11: y- :
4X replied, 'yours ia a dreadful crime; jbut to the repentant sinner there is offered free forgiveness.*
44 4 Repentant!'he exclaimed, 1 Godr who sees my heart, knows if I have repented or not; but I have never ventured to ask his forgiyer ness, convinced that he would have no mercy for me.' T
"c Why have you presumed to set limits to his mercy ?* I said. He paused, and then answered, For so many years have I been accustomed to think of Him only as the angry judge of my soul, that I have never thought of His mercy? If I had thought of it, t should also have remembered that He has promised to punish the wicked.'
44 I replied, 1 He will punish the wicked, but the penitent sinner He will receive and pardon.'
^ 4 But my sin!'said he emphatically, 4 can such be within reach of his mercy.'
44 4 1 answered, 4 The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin; wash in it, and be clean.1
44 4 Oh, those precious words I' he exclaimed, 4 they are like some half-remembered dream. I have heard them many, many years ago; can they indeed speak to me?' He sank back faint and exhausted, and with difficulty I conveyed him to his bed. I offered him some refreshment, which somewhat revived


him, -and giving Hni.iu^chaw^fvbijCiOf^hia companions, was. leaving, him to. repose, which he seemed so much to require*, when he.beckoned me to remain, and made signs, to me to speak more,. I .told him he.was not in a condition to hear more that night, and that I would see him in the moniiog. He strewed out his hand, and clasping mine would not relax, his hold. I stopped and whispered I must leave you alone with God; to him Vnake confession of your sin, and. implore forgiveness. X cannot save you from Ilia wrath, but One mighty to save you. has interceded for you, and H!e will prevail. He has invited you to come to Him,, and accept the salvation which he died to obtain for you.*.
"' He pressed my hand and then released me, repeating almost inaudibly, 'to-morrow.*
" The next day, so soon as my leisure would permit, I again visited him, carrying with me a Bible, which I presented to him. He received it joyfully, and exclaimed, 'This is the message of salvation.' He was extremely weak, and spoke with difficulty. His calm and pleasant answers had attracted the attention of his companions; and they gathered around him, with their characteristic kindness, to administer to his wants. I heard -them as I passed, wondering what could have changed his angry way towards them. He told me himself, he felt like another being; and from day to day he continued to rejoice in the new view he had of the character of God.


'"He lingered two or tbtee Weeks, ami then died calm and -resigned. As his bodily frame became mere wasted and feeble, his mind seemed supported and strengthened. I lis Bible was always open before him, and he 'wflfl almost constantly en gaged in prayer, his lips moving when he could no longer articulate. He expressed strong- faith in the merits Of a Saviour* and when thanking me for having led him to that safe refuge, he said; Sir, it was confession of sin that brought me to his feet. If I had been taught in early life to confess my sins constantly to God, I should never have despaired of Sis mercy. Bat I went on from sin to sin, reckless and hardened, until X was tempted to commit that fearful crime, I thought I had already sinned past forgiveness, and that this one could make me no worse. But confession of sin brought repentance for sin; then this hard heart was softened, and first felt the need and sufficiency of -the Saviour. Ob", those who confess their sins to God, and repent, will never stay away from Christ.'"\From the Journal of Religious Education.
New York, Feb. 5. 1839.
THE MAGNITUDE OF CREATION.
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lionsi. In the regions- of infinite spdcey be^off d the- boundaries of tlriMtt^ ifr-;"^v-nofc improbable, that ten thousand times ten thousand millions; of other systems are running their ample rounds. WitbV each of' these' systems, it is probable that at least a hundred worlds are connected. Every orie' of these worlds and systems, we have reason, to "believe dinars from another, in its size, splendor and internal arrangements, in the peculiar beauties and sublimities with which it is adorned^ ''and? in. the organization and capacities of the'beings with which it is" furnished. The immense multitude of rational beings and other existences with which creation is replenished, is an idea which completely overpowers the human faculties, and is beyond the power of-our arithmetical notation to express. Even the multiplicity of objects in one world or system, is beyond our distinct conception. Mow very feeble and imperfect conceptions have we attained of the immensity of radiations of light incessantly emitted from the sun, and falling upon our globe, and-of the innumerable crossings and recrossings of these rays from every object around^ in order to produce vision to every beholder!of the incalculable myriads of invisible animalculsfe which swim in the waters and fly in the air, and prevade every department of nature tof the particles of vapor which float in the atmosphere, and of the drops of water contained in the caverns of the ocean! of the


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millions of individuals b*^ngip^: J&o vevory-species of vegetables, o which 6^

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perfections of rth^r Creator, aad, glories of hie, kingdom,' cannot be appreciated.XV. IMcte.vIf>
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THE BETHEL FLAO.
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The inquiry is often made,* at what time the efforts for the spiritual improvement of seamen were commenced, and-particularly under what circumstances the JBethel flag was adopted as a signal of worship. ... '.->..*
It was sometime, in the year 1814, when it was discovered, that a few pious sailors, on board of the coal ships at Kotbierhithe, nea London, were in the practice of meeting together, for prayer. < A few religions men from the shore began to attend occasionally with them, and meetings of this description became somewhat common. They began to call them Bethel meetings," applying to these assemblages the name which Jacob gave to the place where God met him in the field, affirm-mg it to he none other than the house of God, and the gate of heaven. The idea of ponyertr ing a vessel, a place which had been proverbially wicked, into the very gate of heaven to souls, led probably to the custom of calling -it *a Bethel*
The work of God gradually advanced ; many ships were added to the number for encouraging prayer ; and, it being winter, a lantern, hoisted at the main topgallant mast-head, wsb fixed on as the signal to apprise the sailors


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what ship was agreed on 6* fee night As the spring advanced, it was agreed that a bine flag should be made, the worcr Bethel In the centre, and a star in the corner^ rising in the [East, in red. Another- flag, with a dove bearing an olive-branch, has since been added. This was first hoisted on the Lord's day afternoon', on board* the Zephyr, when the people assembled were more numerous than on any' former occasion. - '' "r-;'*
This took place in the early part of the year 1&17, and the Bethel flag continued to be used as a signal for worship, in Kn^land, from that day forward. Its introduction oh Tx>ard of American vessels was about four years after, and it is thus related by the Rev. John Allen, of Huntsville, Ala., who was principal actor in the scene:
u iDuring my stay in London, the executive committee of the British and Foreign Seamen's Friend Society determined to send out to this country a Jicthel Union Flag, and desired me to be the bearer of it. At a meeting held at the Free Mason's Hall, by the friends of seamen,: I publicly pledged myself to hoist the Bethel flag.
-"On the 22d of February, 1821, Mr. Philips, a devoted friend to seamen, and one of the leading members of the British and Seamen's Friend Society, sent to my lodgings the promised Bethel Union Flag. On Friday, the 2d of March, I sailed from Liverpool for New York, in the packet-ship James Monroe,


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commanded *by Captain Rogers. iQA theJlliii of 'March, 1821,- the second Sabbath ater leaving LiVerpOOl, having -previously. obtained, permission of the Captain, I hojsted tho .flag with my own hands, agreeably to i a pledge givi'.n :it the meeting at the Free M:iKonas Hal J, referred to above. It was a most lovely day -not a cloiid was to be- seen.* WeliaoL iiow fairly cleared the coast of Ireland, about which, and in the channel, we had been contending with head winds. We were, now enabled to keep our course, under an. easy press of sail. Early in the morning, the Captain furnished me a hand to rig the .flag-. *Q?he man had never seen-a flag of this description before, and-very naturally asked me what nation it belonged to? I told him it.was for all nations, explaining to him the -object of the invention.. He listened with great interest. The necessary preparations being made for hoisting, X took hold of. the halyard,, and run up the Bethel Union Flag, with great pleasure. As it floated gaily over: the stern of our gallant vessel, I gazed on it with delight. Never hod 1 seen a flag possessing in my view so much interest. Indeed, it was an object of pleasing contemplation to.all on.board.. .There was something in the device so beautifully appropriate, it could not fail to excite some interest in the bosoms of all who .beheld it. .After this, it was regularly hoisted on every Sabbath, at which time we uniformly had public worship. Agreeably to a suggestion
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ofi ithe Captain, we intended entering the harbor of NewT York with the Bethel Flag flying at the mast-head, but in this we were disappointed, as we came in during a snowstorm, with our top-gallant mast down, snugly stowed away on deck. We landed on the 17th day of .April, and found the whole city covered with snow. On the next day, I handed over the Bethel Union Flag to the Rev. Ward Stafford, at that time engaged in preaching to the sailors in New York.
The Flag thus presented by Mr. Allen to Mr. Stafford, was first displayed at the Mariner's Church, in New York, in June following. The following note, from a manuscript journal of the late Capt. Christopher Priner, records the tact ;
" Sunday, June 3, 1821. The Bethel Flag is to be hoisted at the Mariner's Church today. This flag was made in England, and sent out to us as a present, showing their approbation of the interest we have taken in the salvation of mariners; inviting us to persevere unto the end, and that they would unite with us in that glorious cause. Mr. Ballintine, a Baptist .minister, performed the services. Sis text was, 1 Timothy, 1: 15. 'This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners : of whom I am chief "


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Satan knows that one sill lived in and allowed, will as certainly, shut the soul ouii of heaven, as many. One. sin allowed and countenanced, will spoil the sweet music of conscience. One-sin allowed-will make death as terrible and formidable to the soul as many.-O remember, that as one hole in the ship-will sink itas one glass of poison will kill a man as one act of treason makes a traitor, so one sin loved and practised, will ruin a man forever. Satan can be contented that men yield to God in many things, provided they be true to him in some one thing; for he knows very well that one sin allowed and lived in, gives him as much advantage against the soul as more. There never was a false professor who did not live under the power of one sin ; and who can say that it is otherwise with him, I dare assure that man, in the I^ord's name, that he is no hypocrite.
the sabbath:
I*et the difference which you put between the Sabbath day and other days, be from conscience, not from custom.
The day before the Sabbath should be a day of preparation for the Sabbath ; not of our houses and ^tables, but of our hearts.


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The stream of religion runs either deep or shallow, as the banks of the Sabbath are kept or neglected.
He: that never examines his own heart, is tike ai captain of a vessel who never examines his ship,, to see if there is a leak ; and without reformation, all such will finally shipwreck their souls, and all will be lost. Alas what multitudes who once shone as burning lights, have-; perished for lack of self-examination. Reader, art thou secure ?Matthew Henry.
THE VOTING MAN FROM HOME.


. an jkvnmttxo- narrative,
Two young men, the children of pious and wealthy parents, felt themselves exceedingly displeased at being constantly refused the family carriage on the Lord's day. It was in yain they urgedtheir confinement during the1 week, as a sufficient reason, why they should be thus indulged on the Sunday. It was the father's settled rule, that the authority which commanded him to rest, included also the servants and cattle ; he therefore turned a deaf ear to their entreaties and remonstrances. In their madness, or in their folly, they determined to resent this refusal, by leaving their situations, and going to sea. Intelligence of this step was transmitted to tbe Rev. John Griffin, of Portsea, and he was requested to



make diligent- inquiry, and on finding them, to use every possible meana to induce them to return home> After some search be; ioxuii them in a rendezvous house, and introducing himself, he stated his business, and.urged their return.; He, however, urged in vain ; for, bent upon the fulfilment of their* design, they thanked him for his advice, but determined to reject it. Among other reasons for their return, he urged the feelings of their parents, and especially those of their mother.
" Think," said the good man, what must your mother's situation be, after years of. anxious watching and fervent prayer; after looking forward to this time, when in your society, and in your welfare, she hoped to meet a rich reward for all that she had suffered on your account; yet, in one moment, and hy one imprudent step, she finds you plunged into misery, the depths of which you cannot conceive, and herself the subject of a wretchedness she has never deserved at your hands.*' In the heart of the youngest, there was a sense of gratitude, which answered to this appeal; and, bursting into tears, he expressed his sorrow for his conduct, and his willingness to return. Still, the eldest remained obstinate. Neither arguments persuaded him, nor warnings alarmed him. The carriage had been repeatedly refused; he had made up his mind to go to sea, and to sea he would go. "Then," said Mr. Griffin, 41 come witb me to my house;. I will get you a ship, and you shall go out as


assigning as" a' reason, that.it" wc*uld make'hi:
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rejjlvl "Then, young man, go," said' 'Mr." Qximni and while I say, God go with you, Oe. sure your sin will find you out, and for it God wili bring you into judgment.** "With1 reluctance they left him; the younger son was restored to his parents, while all traces of ihe* elder one were lost, and he was mourned or as one dead.
After the lapse of many years, a loud knocking was heara at Mr. Griffin's door. This was early in the morning. Oh the servant's going down to open the door, he. found a waterman, wjao wished immediately to see her master. Mr. Griffin soon appeared, and was informed that a young man under sentence of death, and about to be executed on board one of the ships in the harbor, had expressed an. earnest desire to see him, urging, among other reasons, he could not die happy unless he did. .A. short, time found the. minister of religion on board, the ship, when tlie prisoner, manacled and guarded, was introduced to him, to whom he.said, 11 My poor friend', I feel for your condition,..'out. as I am a stranger to you, may I ask why you have sent fin* me? It may be' that ybu have heard me preach at Portsea," Kever. sir. Do you not know me?" "I do not. Do you not remember the two


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rern'emtef tfha*' ybu Werff, drie bF them:" **.T have' sent, tr/exi, for* you.;' to" take xiiy'last fare-~wer! of your frx this world, &&&'t&: blesa youfbr your efforts- td restore 'Tnje^tb' a senwc of triy duty: Would God'that1 t Had; taken: your advice-;.: bilt it is1 n ow tod late: 1 My sin ha*S found' nie put; and! for ft God; has* brought mfe rhlfo j%idighient. Ohe;; and1 but brxe consolatibh remains. I refused the offer of going,' to" ybur Itduse until51 could be provided. for/ assi'gfiing as a reason,, that it would mafee my parents
feel to have" it said that thei^son- was s> commbn sailor; 'A little ref&fctiofi; 'snowed rne the cruelty of this determination. I assumed anotner name, under 'Which I entered thyself; and mt Chief consolation is, that 1 will die unpitriea and unknown.''
"What the feelings' of Mr. Griffin- were ai this sad discovery, may be "more easily conceived than described. IJe spent some time with him in prayer, and offered him that advice which was best suited to his unhappy case. The prisoner was again placed in confinement, and Mr. Griffin remained with the officer who was then on duty. **.Can nothing be done for this poor young' man?" was one of the first inquiries made after the prisoner was withdrawn. I fear nbt>" replied the officer; the" lords of the admiralty Jiaye) determined to make an example of the first


offender in tbajfrparticular crime.. He unfortunately is that offender ; and i we hourly expect. a warrant for. his execution.'* '"- Mr. Griffin determined to .go immediately to Loq don, and in humble dependence upon the .Jjord, to make every ;effort to save the criminal s life, or to obtain a, commutation of the .sentence.. It was his lot on the day of his arrival at the metropolis, to obtain an interview with one of*the lords of the admiralty, to whom he stated the respectability of the voung man's connexion, his bitter and unfeigned regret for the crime which had forfeited his life ; and, with that earnestness which the value of life -is calculated to excite, ventured to ask if it was impossible to spare him. To his regret, he was informed that the warrant for his execution had been that morning signed, and was on its way to the officer whose melancholy duty it was to see it executed. With compassion the nobleman said, ** Go back, sir, and prepare him for the worst. I cannot tell what is to be done ; but we are shortly to meet his majesty in council, and all that you have urged shall then be stated; may it prove successful." Mr. Griffin returned, but discovered that the morning of his reaching home was the time appointed for'theyoung man's execution. Joy, and fear, and anxiety, by turns, possessed his mind, as within a few minutes after his arrival came a pardon, accompanied with the most earnest request to go immediately on board, lest the sentence of the


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TUpbri the* issue of a moment now rested the Irfeof afeHow-creature, and perhaps the salvation of an immortal soul. The minister reached the harbor, and saw the yellow flag, the signal of death, flying, the rigging manned,, and, for aught be krtfew to the contrary, the object of his solicitude at the last moment of his mortal existence.; *H;e reached the ship's side, and saw an aged man leavings whose sighs, and groans; and tears, proclaimed a heart bursting with. grief, and a soul deeper in misery than the depth of the water he was upon. It was. the prisoner's father! TJnder the assumed! name, he had discovered his wretched son,, and had'been to take* his last farewell of him*. Yes, it was the father who had brought him. up in the fear of the Xiord ; who, in his earliest days, had led him to the house of God ; and. who, when lost, had Often inquired in prayer,, "Lord,, where is my child?" Fearfully was he answered; he had'found him, but it was to part, never iri thfs'world to meet again. Such, -at' least, must have been his conclusions at that moment, when, having torn himself from the embrace of his son, be Was in the act of leaving the ship. The rest is told in a few words. "With Mr. Griffin he re-entered: the vessel at the moment when the prisoner, pinioned for execution, Was advancing towards the fatal spot, where he was. to be summoned into the presence of God. A moment found him m


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the embrace, not of -death, but of his father; his immediate liberation followed the.knowledge of his,pardon : and a few days restored the wanderer to the bosom of his family-Rev. c/I Angell James*
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TTjTjTJSTRATIONS OF SqRIPTtTRE-;

In scaling the walls of a city, the shields were placed over the head. ELence the .allusion, Job, xli. 7, Canst thou fill his head with barbed irons ?"
In the ancient games, the judges determined, not only whether a person had won, but whether he had done it fairly. In allusion to this, Paul says, 2 Tim. ii. 5,. And if a man. also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully."
1 Cor. iv. 9, u For I think that God hath set forth us, the apostles, last, as it were, appointed unto death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men." An allusion this to the practice of compelling condemned criminals to fight with each other, or with wild beasts, until death.
The custom of washing the hands before meals, originated from the ancient practice of conveying food to the mouth in the fingers.
InJce^ xviii. 12, I fast twice in the week." The Pharisees were accustomed to fast twice a week, viz. : on the Thursday, when, they supposed, Moses ascended Mount Sinai, and


on Monday, when no descended. "The name, Pharisee, means one who is desirous of know-his^doties, in Order that he tnay do it Jerusalem is in latitude Si 60* -thirty, seven miles from the Mediterranean, and twenty-three "from Jordan.
"When viewed as the.work of very ancient times, and, in reference to tne notions which then prevailed, Solomon's Temple may be considered rnagnificerU / but it ought not to be compared with more recent specimens of architecture. [
In every city there was a tribunal of seven Judges, with two Levites, which decided causes of less moment. It was denominated Tcrisis, or 14 the judgment." See Matt. v. 22, He shall be in danger of the judgment."
The time at which causes were tried was the morning, and hence the expression, Jer. xxi. 12, Execute judgment in the morning."
eTbft, xiv. 17, My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity." The charge against a person, and his defence, were both committed to writing, and sealed up.
.A. drink of wine, mingled with myrrh, was given to criminals before their sufferings, to produce intoxication. This was refused by our Saviour, who chose to die with the faculties of his mind undisturbed and unclouded.
The dress of the crucified persons was always given to the soldiers. Hence, Matt. xxvii. 35, and other places.
In Egypt there are still found the remains


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of. splendid sepulchres, whjch^ when, .we cop -sicjcr their antiquity, their costliness, and tte consequent notice which they 'attracted, account for the-expressions in Job, iiL JL4: "Then iad I been -at rest with kings and counsellors of the earth, 'who built desolate places for themselves."
Sepulchres are often, painted or wKited without. .Hence the force-of pur Lord's comparison, Matt, xxiii. 27.
_: A Sabbath day's journey" is 729 English paces, and three feet. Acts i. 12. This measure is a sort of Jewish invention, founded on Mc, xvL 29.John's JBiblicaZ Arohozology.
THE FIRST OATH ON BOARD.
" My lads," said a captain, when reading his orders to the crew on the quarter deck, to take command of the ship, there is one Jaw that I am determined to make,.and I shall insist upop its being kept; indeed., it is a favor which I ask of you, and which, as a British officer, I expect will be granted by a crew of British seamen. What say you, my lads, are you willing to grant your new captain, who promises to treat you well, one favor?" ** Ay, ay, sir,", cried all hands. "Please to let us know what it is, sir," said a rough-looking, hoarse-voiced boatswain. Why, my lads," said the captain, it is this: that you must allow me to swear the first oath in this ship.


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This is a law I cannot dispense with ; I must .insist.upon it; X cannot, be denied.. JTo in an on board must swear an oath*before, I do.". .1 am determined to have the privilege of swearing the first oath on board H. M. .S. C "What say you, my lads, will you grant hie the favor? Remember, you will come aft to ask favors of me, soon. Come,'what do you say ? Am I to have the privilege of swearing
the first oath on board the C-?" The
men stared, and stood for a moment quite at a loss what to say. They were taken," says one, all aback." .," They were brought," says another,." all standing." They looked at each other for a moment, as if they would say, why,, there is to be no swearing in the ship. The captain reiterated his demand, in a firm but pleasant voice : Now, my fine fellows, what do you say. Am I to have the privilege from this' time of swearing the first oath on board?". ',
. The appeal seemed so reasonable, and the manner of the captain so kind and prepossessing^ that a general burst from the ship's com-pa,nv'. announced, ."" -A-y, ay, sir," with /their acpustomed three cheers, when they left the quarter deck.
." I say, Jack," said one of the sailors to the boatswain's mate, as they went down the main hatch:way.ladder, my eyes, but what a skipper we've .skipped! now. Stand clear, jack; tackling fore' and aft, now; look out for squalls now every day on board ; mind ybii


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don't rap out, Jack, as you generally do; clap a stopper on the red rope now; keep ybur eye upon the corporal, all hands ; the captain *s to swear the first oath ; depend upon it, he '11 httve the first fellow to the gangway who swears an oath before he begins. '
The effect was good. Swearing was whpllj abolished in the ship.
" HOLD ON, MOTHER.**

The exhortation of a sailor to his widowed mother. She has several children, for whom she has prayed day and night, exceedingly." Manifestly in answer to her prayers, one after another has been awakened by the spirit of God, convinced of sin, and subdued into saving reconciliation, through the mediation of Christ crucified. One of her sons has for eleven years 11 followed the seas." Much has she prayed for her ** poor sailor boy," and many a letter has she written him, rich with maternal counsel and solicitude. When at home, she has taken unwearied pains, such as none but a pious mother would take, to withdraw him from all improper associations, and to interest him in whatever things are pure, and true, and lovely.
At length she has received letters from him, which breathe a new spirit, and speak a new language. I have just listened to the voice of that mother, as with "joy unspeakable,"


she has read to me three of those, letters, richly expressive of the views''and feelings of a new-horn soul. In them all, ne-acknowledges his special indebtedness to her faithful warnings, and her persevering" prayers." In one ne speaks of the condition and prospects of. her children who still remain impenitentand in order to encourage her to do for them as she had done for him, he says, hold on, mother; your prayers may yet be answered in their conversion."'
"What better counsel can I, or can any one give to every praying mother in the land ? Hold on, mother." Your children may not be converted to-day, or to-morrowthis year, or the next; but be not weary in well-doing;" hold on" to the divine promise, and divine faithfulness, and be not faithless, but believ-ing."
*' It shan't be said that praying breath Was ever spent in vain."
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GENERAL WASHINGTON'S IDEA OF PROFANE
SWEARING.
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Extracts from the orderly book of the army, under the command of "Washington, dated at head quarters, in the city of New York, A.ugust 8, 1776 :
" The General is sorry to be informed, that


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the foolish and wicked practice of profane swearing, a vice heretofore little known in an American army, is growing into fashion. He hopes the officers will, by example as well as influence, endeavor to check it, and that both they and the men will reflect, that we can have little hope of the blessing of heaven on our arms, if we insult it by impiety and folly; added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense and character detests and despises it."
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LINES SUGGESTED BT SEEING A SPLENDID LAMP OVER ONE OF THE GIN PALACES IN HULL, ENGLAND.
Saw you yonder brilliant light f A flic you why it shines so bright f Why, 'midst all the rest, 't is seen.
Varied, crimson, amber, green ?
Sore *t is lit to warn from danger
Neighbor, friend, and passing stranger.
Or direct you in, to where
Christians meet for praise and prayer.
List I I '11 tell you whd^s oft told ; All that glitters is not gold,"
Nor is all that shines so bright.
Pure and hallowed heavenly light.
"Would you shun the path to ruin ?
Would you 'scape your soul's undoing f Enter not the bar"'tis death ;
Flee its pestilential breath.
Hark 1 what sounds of ajirth and madness.
Oaths and curses, sighs and sadness ;
See, what babbling" and M contention,** li Woe and sorrow." not to mention ; ** Eyes of redness," pallid faces, ** Causeless wounds/* and faltering paces ;


Trace them to their cheerless honrth : ; Mark, what misery, Want, and dearth. Weeping children, wife*1 heaH-broken ; -Of peace and plentey not'one tokim. -OI surely, then, this brilliant light Is presage sad of endless night. Of sorrows deeper I could tell: Flee, then, O flee, these gates of HelL Suit, 1840. W. R T*
THE SAILOR BOY. '
" Fifteen years ago," said a pious sea captain, I commanded a ship in the merchant service- It fell to my lot to lodge dnder the roof of a pious widow, who had one son, the stay and support of her age.
*( This lad conducted with great propriety in his situation ; but all in a moment, like, a clap of thunder, the report came to his mother's- ears, that he had committed an offence, which, though morally speaking, was not of the most serious nature, it was nevertheless sufficient to touch his life. The poor mother, by the advice of some friends, was induced to send her son on board a man-of-war ; and who would have thought, that in sending him there, he was to be brought to know and love the truth ? But God has his way in the deep, lie soon became acquainted with a corporal of marines, the only man ou board who knew and loved the truth. He oegaa to speak to him of the love of Christ for poor sinners. This was the very conversation suited to his
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heart, whose clitae was yet on his'conscience ; and the pious man was glad to make known to him the way of life and comfort, as exhibited in the Holy Word. Thus these two sparks in the midst of the ocean, came in contact, and here they met, under the scoffs and sneers of" a licentious crew. These two became three, and then four, and five, and so on, till in time fifty of their shipmates, among whom were some of the officers, became the humble followers of Christ. You will readily believe now glad the heart of the poor widow was, when she received the first letter from her son, to find that the storm which seemed to threaten nothing but destruction to his peace, should break in blessings on his head. The vessel was four years on the Mediterranean 'station, and engaged in some bloody battles, in which the poor, despised Christians, gave the strongest proof of their valor. And when the vessel was paid off, and every one rolled in money, they gave the noblest testimony that the work of God upon them was real and divine."Youth's Monitor.
V A TAJ ABLE TESTIMONY OF A CAPTAIN.
"I have,"said the Captain, "never had any difficulty in being^a cold-water man. Everywhere, and in all circumstancesin the coldest weather, and in the warmest climateI have found that it answers well, and saves from


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many dangers. The ship's crew have invariably behaved well when te&fptallers. I never knew insubordination qn ^oard ship "from drinking-water; but I*have known many cases, arising out of the use of intoxicating liquor. For four years I have sailed upon the mighty deep without one drop of the drunkard's drink. But upon one occasion the merchant that I traded for became a brewerand when about to sail he said, "Gapt. EL, you must be like other ships that sail for our company; you must take liquors on board." Sir," said I, the understanding with which I took command of the ship was, that T was allowed to sail upon temperance principles; and I have only to say that, if you send any liquors on board, you will please send a captain to take charge of them. I will do no such thing." I was allowed to sail upon my own principles. "But when I was in London, I received a letter, requesting me to encourage a particular public-house. I wrote immediately, saying that I could not in any way encourage the sellers of intoxicating drinks, and if my employers insisted upon it, they must send a captain to take charge of the ship. It was no triflng matter. I had a wife and family to support, and no prospect of another ship ; but I was resolved, by the grace of God, that, let the consequence be what it might, I would not sacrifice my principles. I was taken at my word ; a captain ar-


rived to take my glace; and I never in my life pave up anytateg so freely. *
**Butmark fne good providence of God! that very day I received a letter, offering me a larger ship, and a new one. My ship sailed when under my command upon cold-water principles."
The captain related an account of a ship that had become water-logged, the crew of which took refuge in the rigging, and lived for thirty-one days upon water only; all other means of subsistence having been washed away.He spoke strongly of the value of water.British Temperance Advocate..
SMUGGLING.
Capt. M- was lately in company with
a gentleman who was talking very lightly about smuggling, and saying that there was no harm in it." The captain asked the gentleman "what religion he was of?" The gentleman said, "Why, sir, I am a Christian." Now, sir, then," said the captain, "I know how to speak to you. Did not your Master tell you to 1 render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's ?' We conceive that such an answer at once settles the question to every Christian as to the payment of taxes, tithes, rates, and tribute in every form, it does not prevent any member of the community from wishing to see these matters put upon a proper foot-


THE SEAMAN'S' PRAYER, ON" LEAVING PORT
Great God 1 -while now each Bail we spread* And the breeze ia fresb'ning o'er our head. Well lift our hearts to thee in prayer, Bow clown. Most Merciful and hear.
Our track is o'er the curling foam, And while we wander far from home, X#et they bright bow of promise light Our dangerous path by day and night.
When tempests sweep o'er ocean's breast* And raging seas lift up each crest. May we in faith, look up and see Thy face in sweet benignity.
And in the watches of the night, : When stars shed down their trembling light. May we, oh Ood thy presence own. And lift our souls to thee alone.
Thou know*st how frail our bodies be, Sow prone to sin. how dead to thee. Oh warm them into life and love, And lift them to the realms above.
And when life's toilsome voyage is o'er.
In joy we reach the heavenly shore
With each sail fur and anchor cast.
We'll Ring thv praises to the last. W. P
Oct 12, 1840.
ing, nor from suggesting any just means of lightening those burdens, and of thus giving every practicable relief to the public; but as long as these tributes are required by the laws of ft country, to keep them back is nothing short of downright dishonesty, however men may try to gloss this over by false names.


CHOOSE GOOD COMPANY.
Young men are, in general, but little aware how their reputation is affected in the view of the public, by the company they keep. The character of their associates is soon regarded as their own. If they seek the society of the worthy, it elevates them in the public estimation, as it is an evidence that they respect others. On the contrary, intimacy with persons of bad character always sinks a young man in the eye of the public.
YOUNG MEN. "* '
Most young men consider it a great misfortune to be poor, or not to have capital enough to establish themselves, at their outset in life, in a good business. This is a mistaken notion. So far from poverty being a misfortune to him, if we may judge from what we every day behold, it is really a blessing; the chance is more than ten to one who starts with plenty of money. J^et any one look back twenty years, and see who commenced business at that time with abundant means, and trace them down to the presen t dayhow many of these now boast of wealth and standing? On the contrary, how many have become poor, lost their places in society, and are passed by their own boon companions with a look which painfully says, I know you not !


THE INFIDEL'S CONFESSION OF FAITH; OR, THE
ATHEIST IN A STORM.
Samuel Forester Bancroft, Esq., accompanied Isaac "Weld, Jr., in his travels through. North America. As they were sailing on Lake Erie in a vessel, on board of which was "Volney, celebrated (or rather notorious) for his atheistical principles, which he had so often avowed, a very heavy storm came on, insomuch that the vessel, which had struck repeatedly with great force, was expected, to go down every instant. The masts went overboard; the rudder unshipped; and, consequently, the whole scene exhibited confusion and horror. There were many female passengers and others on board, but no one exhibited such strong marks of fearful despair as Volney^ -throwing himself upon deck; now imploring, then imprecating the captain, and reminding him that he had engaged to carry him safe to his port of destination ; vainly threatening, in .case anything should happen. As the probability of their being lost increased, this great mirror of nature, numan or inhuman, began loading the pockets of his coat, waistcoat, breeches, and everything he could think of, with dollars, to the amount of some hundreds ; and this, as he thought, was preparing to swim for his life, should the vessel go to pieces. Mr. Bancroft remonstrated with him on the folly of such acts, saying that he would sink


like a piece of lead, with so great a weight on him ; and at length, as he. became so very, noisy and unsteady as to impede the management of the vessel, Mr. Bancroft pushed him down the hatchway; "Vol ney soon came' up again, having lightened himself of the dollars, and, in the agony of his mind, threw himself on deck, exclaiming, with uplifted hands and streaming eyes, my God nay God 1-what shall i do!" This so surprised Bancroft, .that notwithstanding the moment. did.; uot .very well accord with Hashes; of hunaor, -yet he could not refrain from addressing him.; .VWell, Mr. "Volneywhat! you have a God now!" To which volney replied, with-the most trembling anxiety, O yes O yes I" : The vessel, however, got safe, and Mr,. Bancroft made every company which he went into echo with this anecdote of Volney's acknowledgment of God. Volney, for a considerable time, was so hurt at his weakness,- as he calls it, that he was ashamed of showing himself in company at Philadelphia. But after wards* he said that those words escaped him in the'.instant of alarm, but had no meaning.
Infidelity, then, will do only ashore, in fine weather; but it will not stand a gale of wind for a few hours.
Infidels and Atheists I how will you weather an eternal storm ?A. Western Sailor.


THE. OABDI. ^QY'S.LOPKB^.. 9%
. RKTEREMENT IN A. HAT. /
: ;. "
A sailor at the battle of Navarmo rushing to a gun at which all the men lay killed and wounded, was. chiefly instrumental in saving two ports from being beaten into one by the heavy fire of two Turkish line-of-battle-ships.
. I should like to know," said oho to him, what was the state of your mind when you saw the Turkish fleet, and the drum beat to quarters as you were entering, the* bayVr All I wanted," he replied, was some retired spot for prayer, that I might commend my soul to God tor a few moments, Just before-I went into action." You would find that a difficulty, indeed, in a man-of-war, after orders were given to clear away for action." True ; but there's retirement in a hat." In a hat! I don't understand you." Perhaps not, and I'll explain myself. We were sailing into the bay; I thought there was a moment of leisure; and leaning over the bulkhead of the forecastle, I took off my hat, and covering my face with my hat, I secretly breathed out a prayer: Lord into thy hands I commend my spirit, for thou hast redeemed me, .O Lord God of truth ; thou hast the issue of life and death ; all events are at thy command, I leave myself entirely at thy disposal; and if I shall, be killed, -take care of my family, save iny soul, and receive me up into thy glpry, O


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