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but to be cooped up alone in a black hole, in equal danger, but without the power to do, was the hardest trial. Several times in the course of the night I got up, determined to go on deck ; but the silence, which showed that there was nothing doing, and the knowledge that I might make myself seriously ill for nothing, kept me back. It was not easy to sleep, lying as I did with my head directly against the bows, which might be dashed in by an island of ice, brought down by the very next sea that struck her. This was the only time I had been ill since I left Boston, and it was the worst time it could have happened. I felt almost willing to bear the plagues of Egypt for the rest of the voyage, if I could but be well and strong for that one night. Yet it was a dreadful night for those on deck. A watch of eighteen hours, with wet, and cold, and constant anxiety, nearly wore them out; and when they came below, at nine o'clock, for breakfast, they almost dropped asleep on their chests, and some of them were so stiff that they could with difficulty sit down. Not a drop of anything had been given them during the whole time, (though the captain, as on the night that I was on deck, had his coffee every four hours), except that the mate stole a pot-full of coffee for two men to drink behind the galley, while he kept a look out for the captain. Every man had his station, and was not allowed to leave it ; and nothing happened to break the monotony of the night, except once setting the main top-sails to run clear of a large island to leeward, which they were drifting fast upon. Some of the boys got so sleepy and stupified, that they actually fell asleep at their posts ; and the young third mate, whose station was the exposed one of standing on the fore-scuttle, was so stiff, when he was relieved, that he could not bend his knees to get down. By a constant look-out, and a quick shifting of the helm, as the islands and pieces came in sight, the ship went clear of everything but a few small pieces, though daylight showed the ocean covered for miles. At daybreak it fell a dead calm, and, with the sun, the fog cleared a little, and a breeze sprung up from the westward, which soon grew into a gale.
THE PHENOMENON OF SLEEP.
This is one of the most remarkable functions of life, and, as one of the phenomena of our nature, baffles alike the medical and the metaphysical enquirer. "What more singular, than that nearly a third part of existence should be passed in a state thus far separate from the external world !-a state in which consciousness and sense of identity are scarcely maintained; where memory and reason are equally disturbed ; and yet, with all this, where the fancy works variously and boldly, creating images and impressions which are carried forwards into waking life, and blend themselves deeply and strongly with every part of our mental existence.”
“Half our days we pass in the shadow of the earth, and the brother of death extracteth a third part of our lives.”
FRITZ HAZELL, A TEMPERANCE TALE.
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In a few days the clothes were finished, and Gouge, the joiuer, had sent home a small sea-chest. In the pleasure of this new acquisition, Fritz had already blunted, in some degree, the sensibility which the prospect of a separation had produced. Five hundred times already had he turned the key of his new chest ; and when on the sabbath before his departure, he dressed himself for church, in his blue suit, and mounted his black ribband and new glazed hat, which shone under the bright sun of a May-day morning, like an election cake, the idea of a separation did not appear so very terrible as it had done three months before.
Sabbath evening, the last which the old man and little Fritz were to pass together, before his departure, was very profitably spent in giving him good counsel for his future way.
si Dere ish no von so young as you,” said the old man,“ vat put his name to de temperance pook ; I hope dere ish no von, ever so old, vat keep de pledge petter. Ven
you gets to Amsterdam, pe sure to take de letter vat I put in de chest, to Van Scrompfen, Broders, and company, de first ting as you gets ashore. Any podies vill show yow you de varehouse,ven you shows dem de letter. Mind and take off your hat, my poy, so soon as you gets in de counting-room. Dere ish no fear put dey vill find you plenty of voyages. Dey vill make a man of you, Fritz, as dere faders afore 'em made a man of me. Van Scrompfen is de portly gentleman, mit de pig vig. All de Broders vears de vigs, put Van Scrompfen vear de piggest vig of 'em all. Don't be fear'd, if he look at you pretty sharp; dat ish his vay. Ven your fader and moder vere taken avay, dere vas a man, whom I never did see afore nor sioce, vat put in my hand two tollars, to pe laid out for you my chilt, as I might tink for your goot. He vas a kind-hearted sort of a pody; and he
zay he vould come to see how you get on, put he never did. Now I have laid out de money in de pest vay I know how for your goot.” So saying, he took from a drawer a new Bible, firmly bound, and with a pair of strong clasps. In the first page the old man had written with his own hand—“ Fritz Hazell : The gift of an unknown friend.” “ Dere,” sai.. he, “shtick to dat goot pook, and de God of de faderless vill never forsake you, my poy. Ven I vas eighteen year old, I vas first mate of a fine ship. In five or six year, I hope to see you come home de mate of a vessel of four hunderton. Till dat time, I vants you to sail in de employ of Van Scrompfen, Broders, and company. You will wri
me, venever you gets a goot chance. Now, my chilt, ve must pe up mit de lark ; let us say de
Early the next morning they proceeded for the city. They arrived at the very last hour; the Triton's topsails were already loosened to the wind, and the little fellow was scarcely put on board before her anchor was up, and she was standing down the harbour. The old man gave him a hearty shake by the hand. Neither trusted himself to utter a syllable to the other. Thus they parted—old Hazell to bis solitary home; Fritz to seek his fortune upon the wilderness of waters.
Captain Hazell confessed upon his return to the village, “dat it vas hard to part mit so goot a leetle poy.” He had undoubtedly sacrificed his personal feelings to the boy's welfare and worldly prosperity. On his return,
the old gentleman devoted himself, with untiring diligence, to the advancement of the temperance reform. He succeeded in his efforts to procure a vote of the town, at the annual meeting, requesting the selectmen not to approbate any application for license to sell ardent spirit. The rum-drinking and rum-selling party poured upon his head the whole torrent of their impotent wrath, in their customary manner upon such occasions, by electing him a hogreeve. The old Dutchman was a practical philosopher. He perfectly understood, that an independent citizen, who opposes the will and pleasure of those who are viciously inclined, must expect their opposition, while he receives the approbation of the wise and the good. When he was told of his election he calmly remarked, “ Very vell, dat ish all right; you pring me every man vat vote to make old Hazell de hogreeve, and I vill show you all de men vat trinks rum, and all de men vat makes it and sells it; dat is all. I am too busy mit de two legged prutes, vat gets drunk and vallows in de mire, to tink of dem vat goes on four.' During the discussion at the townmeeting, Dr. Manna, upon the solicitation of a large proportion of his patients among the venders and partakers, offered a few well-balanced remarks, in which he admitted that temperance was “a good thing ;" but that we should be cautious and discreet. He agreed that a drunkard was a public nuisance ; but he thought a little now and then not only harmless, but beneficial to labouring men and others. He begged leave to say, that the Rev. Mr. Syllabub (who could not attend the meeting, as he was engaged at the funeral of farmer Drowthy, who had lately died of the liver complaint) had authorized him to express his opinion that the friends of temperance were going too fast and too far.” Colonel Noman, who, in a fit of intoxication a few weeks before, had knocked out his wife's front teeth with a leg of mutton, rose and seconded the motion. The moderator informed him that the motion had been seconded already by a friend of tempe
“ Well, then," said Colonel Noman, “I don't wan't to second no such thing; I meant to say I approved what the doctor said ; and I don't doubt, sir, there's nine out of ten of the gentlemen present what's of my mind. No true American, what's got the giniwine spirit in him, will ever submit to have his liberties taken away in this here manner.” Lawyer Grippit made a short speech admirably adapted to offend neither party.
After a short pause, Captain Hazell rose ; and the remembrance of
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bis former success, when the society was first organized, caused him to be greeted with loud applause. “Mr. Moderator," said the old man, “it ish very true I pe no toctor, nor minishter, nor colonel, nor lawyer ; put I pe an old man, vat has live and look apout in dish voorld of care and trouple for many year. Now, in de firsht place, I pe no toctor. My goot friend here, de toctor, he zay dat artent shpirit pe peneficial to lapouring men and oders. Now, I say, I pe no toctor, put I has got seventy-five pretty goot toctor in my pocket.” Here the captain pulled out a printed paper, and continued as follows :-" I has just come from de city, vere I has peen to ship for Amsterdam de leetle poy vat I took home after de Mc Fillagin murter. Ven I vas in de city, a friend of de goot cause gives me dish paper.” He then read the certificate of seventy-five physicians in the city of Boston, that ardent spirits are never necessary for persons in health, and are often the cause of disease and death.“ Vell, den,” continued the captain, “ here ish our goot friend von vay, and de seventy-five de toder vay, Who shall tecide ven de toctors dishagree ?" Dr. Manna examined the paper, and made a laboured and unintelligible explanation. The captain resumed :-“ Mit such a poor old head as mine, I cannot tell vat de toctor mean. He goes mit de seventy-five, or he
toder vay; he can say vich. For
goes py de toctors, I must go mith de seventy-five, and not mit von toctor, vat ish all alone. I say I pe no minishter; now, de toctor say, dat de Reverend Parson Shillipup pe of de opinion dat ve go too fast and too far. Vat ish he fear'd apout? Can ve go too fast and too far to save our fellow-creatures from de untimely grave in dish voorld, and de judgment in de toder? How many more vifes and leetle children shall pe made de town paupers, pefore ve pegin again to put a shtop to de rum-trade? De great reform ish de cause of God, and vill pe likely to suffer apout as much from a leetle too much zeal as de first-rate man-of-war from a leetle too much vind in de top-sail. I say, I pe no colonel ; and I
pe pretty sure I has none of de shpirit in me; put vat ish all de talk apout taking avay de liperties of de people? Ve vants to take avay none of your liperties put these, which I vill name, -de liperty of getting trunk, --the liperty of apusing and murtering your vifes and de children, de liperty of shpending your time like de putterfly, and your money like de protigal, -de liperty of coming upon de town for support;dese here, and a few oders, are de liperties vat ve vants to take avay. I say,
I pe no lawyer; if I vas, 1 vould make a speech vich should pe contrived like a vale-poat, vat vill row just as vell de one vay as de toder."
Mr. Hazell sat down amidst loud peals of applause, and his motion was sustained by a vote of three to one.
(To be continued.)
How quick is the progress man is able to make in evil !-mature in the infancy of the world, and advanced to the utmost pitch of guilt in his very first efforts !-. the THIRD man a MURDERER!
CONVERSION OF A CAPTAIN AND CREW.
[Written by Captain William C. Downes, of the ship Miles,' of Warren, Rhode
Island, and dated Zanzibar Island, January 14th, 1841.]
I have nothing particular to write to you ; every thing goes smooth and easy:
I have as good a crew and officers as ever went on board of a whale ship. The Lord has visited your ship with the outpouring of his Holy Spirit. All my officers and the greater part of the crew have experienced religion. The • Miles' is become a Bethel ship. The Bethel flag waves at her mast-head on Sundays, and I have attended to meetings on that day. Last sabbath the American consul came off with a missionary, (the Rev. C. Stone, from Bombay, bound to America,) who gave us a discourse. He leaves this place on Tuesday, in the ship Brenda, of Salem. We had the masters from other ships to attend, with parts of their crews, and several gentlemen from the shore, who took a deep interest in those things. Ten days previous to my arriving here, I spoke the barque • Peru,' captain Coffin, of Nantucket. I went on board his ship, and during my stay, I related to him what God had done on board my ship; and it had such a lasting impression on his mind, that it never left him until he found his Saviour to be precious to him. His officers also, and the greater part of the crew, have found the Lord. There is something very remarkable in it,-perhaps there is not another such instance on record. Don't think, now, because your ship has a crew of christians, that we should neglect our duty in whaling; it is not so._Don't let your Warren people call the Miles an unlucky ship. There never was so lucky a ship that ever sailed from Warren. Her cargo is precious; if she is lost, her cargo will be safe, angels will her
I mention this instance because I believe you all to be friendly to the cause of Christ.
This is a tedious life to live, separated from society and our families, but not from the Lord : we have a great witness that he is on the ocean ! It was a long time before I took up that cross.
I found, when I got to sea, I had a crew of ungodly men, given to cursing and swearing, not only men, but my officers. However, I finally took up the cross, and attended to meetings on Sundays, and now I should as soon think of hearing christians in our churches at home swearing, as I should my crew. I shall be glad when I get to sea, many temptations here to draw men aside, but I have never seen one that professed to love the Lord the least morsel out of the way. If the good Lord had not visited us with his Spirit, I have no doubt but I should have had some tro with my crew, but I trust all things will work together for good to them that love God. I will close, wishing you all health and prosperity, and above all, the blessing of heaven to rest upon you.