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the captain, otherwise so courageous and justly concluded that the storm, if it had composed as a seaman, in this horrible not yet perfectly calmed, must have very moment, lost his presence of mind. “God considerably spent its rage. Inspired by have mercy on us !" cried he, full of new hope, they both of them hastened to despair ; "we are cast on the rocks, and their trembling associates, to carry to in a few moments we shall be a wreck." them a piece of news which, for the JULIA. A wreck ?
moment, must have been the most joyful. Father. This is what it is called in Now the calm pilot proposed to open one of seamen's language, when a ship is either the port-holes, which had been kept closed. wholly swallowed up, and driven about on MARIA. Port-holes ? the billows—or at least so affected by the FATHER. Gustavus, that belongs to tempest, that it cannot proceed on its your department. voyage --when, for example, it has lost its Gustavus. Port-holes are, in a ship, masts or rudder, as was the case with our what loop-holes are in a wall or entrenchship.
ment, openings through which the muz* The wreck is about sinking!". With zles of the cannon are run out. They horror they all heard this doom of death are provided with doors that they may be in the greatest distress every one was look- shut in a storm, so that the swelling waves ing for the moment when the wreck may not come into the ship. should go asunder, the sides be parted, FATHER. Now, the pilot opened such a the water press in, and all be swallowed port-hole, and looked up to the starry up by the raging billows.
heavens above him. The feeble light MARIA. Poor men! I tremble at the which the stars gave was sufficient to disthought of their being so abandoned. tinguish, around the ship, an indistinct
JULIA. Who could not here save them calm surface, which was lost afar off in selves as Robinson Crusoe did himself, by the boundless distance. The pilot wonswimming.
dered at the silence of the waters, which GUSTAVUS. And if they did fortunately still roared and raged continually and swim through, where would they land ? awfully on the other side of the ship. He What means of living would they have called out to his companions. They all found, where there was a desolate island ? came together; then some one mounted Robinson Crusoe was far better off; he on the quarter-deck. found fruits, and a warm climate, where JULIA. Is not that the highest part of he could dry and warm himself. These the ship! poor people had nothing but snow and ice Father. Yes. We might compare it to look on. But, father
to the roof of a house, only that it is flat. FATHER.
Some anxious, dreadful The seamen often call it the upper promoments passed before the unfortunate menade of the ship. Large ships have men could again recover their senses. many decks, which as in a building, The captain was the first to whose heart separate the different stories. You may courage and composure returned. At the thus often read the expression three side of the calm pilot or steersman he decker,” which commonly means a large left the cabin and went with him into the ship of war. hold, that is, the lowest part of the ship, They now mounted on the quarter-deck. where they both saw, to their great joy, The cold fresh air was the more beneficial that the ship was entirely dry inside. to all as the unfortunate men had spent
MARIA. How so? What good could many days in the confined space of the this do?
cabin. But how great was their terror FATHER. It proved thus much, that when they saw that the wide extent which the body or hull of the ship had not suf- the pilot took for a calm and quiet sea fered. The sea water, if it had been was a monstrous field of ice. otherwise, would have come through, and Julia. Was this so very frightful? I the whole space or hold would have been should have thought it would be better filled with water. At the same time they than if the ship had been on a rock. noticed that the waves no longer beat so Gustavus. One would be as dangerous violently, and from this circumstance very
as the other. Would it not father?
gers of which we are not aware. If we father drink so deeply of sorrow which keep our bodies sound and powerful, our lay heavy on his heart. minds and spirits too will be the more GUSTAVUS. But, dear father, Ivan's active and lively.” He commanded them, object was, however, praiseworthy. He therefore to light up the ship's lanterns; had undertaken the voyage for his own the cook must prepare a good nourishing improvement. meal: all must eat and drink heartily, FATHER. This was indeed far better and then they must lie down in their ham- than if a blameworthy levity had determocks to sleep. The captain did so, but mined him to do so, but it does not excuse it was in vain for him to close his eyes; him. Ivan deeply felt this. With the he could not get the desired repose. He thought of his poor father, his conscience thought of his unfortunate companions, was aroused, which is never the case with who were under his command, and whose any one except when he does wrong; and fate was placed in his hands; he felt that so Ivan was obliged to suffer the reproaches he must care for them, and a care of this of his own heart without, alas! the consort, joined to the most torturing anxiety solation which others had--that they had for his own life, would allow no one to brought themselves into this misfortune obtain slumber.
in the pursuit of their calling, and attendMARIA. The captain must certainly ing to their duty. have been a good man. Many others in MARIA. That reminds me of Robinson his place would have been occupied with Crusoe. himself only, without caring for others. Julia. It is true; and it was just so,
FATHER. Certainly; he was a brave too, he thought of himself, when he was man, who indeed had deserved a better on the desolate island. lot. But especially the fate of Ivan and MOTHER. Ivan would have done better, Gregory lay near his heart. He recol. if he had reflected on all this beforehand, lected that he had advised them to the as he might have done, and had conducted voyage, and had induced them also to un- himself according to this conviction. dertake it contrary to their father's will. His own heart would have been spared He read in their countenances the bit- many sorrows, if he had thought deeply of terest repentance
for their conduct the consequence of his conduct. Never towards their father; and now reproached act as he did, my dear children. Who of himself most severely for it.
you would wish yourself to be in Ivan's GUSTAVUS. But Ivan and Gregory had or Robinson Crusoe's place, and to feel the written to their father?
reproaches which they both made to them. MOTHER. You think, then, that this selves? was enough? How now if their poor Maria. Certainly no one of us, nother father had not consented when he sorrow- dear. fully, and in vain stretched forth his Father. Ivan lay on his bed con. hands to his dear Ivan ? How, if the tinually awake, while others were sleeping. pain of seeing himself forsaken by his Finally, he ceased to be conscious of his son, and having lost all the hopes founded thoughts,—but it was more the perfect on him, had brought the old man upon a exhaustion and wearisomeness, more a sick bed and to the grave? Would all fainting away, than slumber. How long this be repaired by a letter ?
he lay in this state of unconsciousness, he FATHER. Surely not! I hope Gus- could not determine when the captain tavus will feel this, and not act so that woke him. “Let the others sleep quietly," he will be obliged to reproach himself. he said. “ They are fortunate; we will Especially the captain pitied the good not disturb them. It tranquillizes me to Ivan. It did not escape him how cast know that they are happier than I am.” down and sorrowful the young man was.
“ What shall I then do ?" asked Ivan, He knew, too, that want of courage was raising himself up. 6. You must accomnot the cause of his being so downcast, pany me." “ And whither ?” “I have for Ivan was a young man of very resolute not been able to shut my eyes from disfeelings; but he felt firmly convinced that quiet. I must have certainty."
“Ao to was Ivan's grief at having made his what ?" “ As to our fate. I have ob.
served that in a short time now it will be him for the first only to be able to hope, and day. I saw it from the quarter-deck. At a little ray of hope calms his heart in the the same time, I noticed that the ice is greatest danger. Our unfortunates were piled up continually higher above the already satisfied, when they heard the wreck. We must see whether there is no word land. Whether it was a waste unland to be discovered."
cultivated island, or a ridge of barren, Still half buried in his swooning slum- bare rocks-whether they would find the ber, Ivan took his gun. With difficulty means of living-whether they would ever they both climbed up a high cake of ice have the opportunity to go back to their frozen close to the wreck. On their left native country—or what sorrowful future hand the sun, although it was mid-day, might await them in the land discovered appearing deep and bloody red through of these things not one of them thought the mist, stood at the horizon. The air in the first moment of joy. Enough for blew piercingly. A vast boundless field them that they knew land to be near them. of ice, scattered over with sparkling flakes Max. Now, did they go on it? of snow, lay like a mirror before the eyes FATHER. That was not at once possible. of both of them. With the most anxious All must not together leave the wreck, in observation, the captain, by the help of a order not to give up the means of living, spy-glass which he carried along with and other supplies which were there. him, looked over the dead level, and who Besides, they were not yet acquainted with can describe his joy, when he clearly saw the country, and it was therefore conland afar off on the western horizon, and cluded that first some of the ship's comat the same time could distinguish some pany should go there and bring back rocks and mountains !
tidings to those who were left behind of Max. God be praised! It certainly what they found there. The captain was an island.
called for volunteers for this enterprise, JULIA. I am right glad that the poor and at once Ivan and Gregory offered people could see the land !
themselves to undertake the commission. MARIA. And with what joy could they To them was joined the Russian pilot, or carry to the others this news!
steersman; and so they three went forth MOTHER. Well observed, Maria! The with their fire-arms, and a sufficient store joy of others is pleasant to the good man, of means of food, and of the supply of and it makes him happy when he can other wants. impart something comforting to others. MAX. How far off was the land ?
FATHER. Both of them now went down Father. This could not be accurately to the deeply lying wreck. Many of the determined. Between the wreck and the crew were awake, and sat thinking over land discovered, there was a field of ice their fate in deep meditation. “In the smooth as glass, on which no distance can north there is land !" cried the captain, be measured, because no object could be joyfully. “We have seen it; we can dis- distinguished, by means of its form and tinguish the particular mountains.” This colour, for a standard. The sky was someinformation enlivened them all with new what clouded, and the air foggy; our hopes. Though the dangers were ever so three travellers were therefore obliged to great, the uncertainty of their fate ever so direct themselves by the regions of the torturing, this one piece of tidings ban sky in which the mountains were observed. ished all their sorrows. The prospect of Among the packages which they had saving their lives filled them all with taken with them were also some torches of thankful joy, and confidence in the pitch, in order to be able to light up and Divine aid again strongly entered into explore caverns and chasms which they their souls.
might at any time discover. Besides, it Max. But was the deliverance then would soon be night; and then it was already so sure, that they could rejoice in possible that they might meet with wild it with certainty ?
beasts, which, as is well known, mostly FATHER. In the first moment of joy of fly before fire. They had, too, another the unfortunate man enlivened by hope, object in view. Ivan and his companions, he does not think of this. It is enough for | if they found any cavern that could be
inhabited, or any dwelling, were to place Then could they brave the winter, and a burning torch on the point of the rock, continually be in expectation that the in order to give to those whom they had future summer would discover to them a left behind on the wreck, a signal. ship, and this would again carry them
GUSTAVUS. That was like a signal-fire back to their own land. in mountainous countries.
Max. O, this caution was rightly FATHER. Very true. This signal-fire thought of ! would show that a dwelling or residence JULIA. Thank heaven, that the poor had been found, and likewise serve as a people are safe, and well preserved under guide to those who were to come on after a roof, and with the necessary supplies ! them.
FATHER. But are they so ? Max. You speak of a dwelling. Could JULIA. O, now I imagine they must they expect to find anything of that kind have left the wreck, did they not? here?
FATHER. I would gladly sketch for you Father. At least this was not impos- a picture of the happy union again of sible. They knew not in what region those who were so separated from each they were,
and could not determine other, and their return to their native whether the land discovered was a part of | land, butGreenland, or perhaps of Norway, where MOTHER. Dear father, it is now late. some dwellings are always found. But You have related to us longer this evening supposing also that the land was the than usual. To-morrow, my children, you island of Spitzbergen-as they afterwards may hear how it fared with the poor people. found was really the case--this precaution Julia. I wish, father, that you had not was not without use.
spoken that last sentence. Now I shall MARIA. Are there any dwellings there? dream all night of these poor people.
FATHER. All seamen are familiar with Gustavus. That is being better off the story, according to which several | than to freeze and starve with them in sailors had passed a whole year on this Spitzbergen. barren island. The poor men had left the
(To be continued.) ship, which was inclosed by the ice, gone on land, and, on their return to the coast, PUBLISHING FAULTS.-How natural it saw that the ice and ship had disappeared. is for persons to publish the faults of Previously some unfortunate persons had others! A man's good deeds are seldom wintered there, who had built a hut in a noticed, no matter how numerous or convalley.
stant they are. But let a man whose Max. Had this, then, really happened, general course is marked by every thing or was it only a mere saying a story? that is praiseworthy, commit oniy one
FATHER. It was true, at least, as to the fault, and how ready every one is to give main thing. The history of the unfortu, it publicity! The news flies like wildfire nate sailors affords many particulars which from house to house, and everybody is confirm this story. You recollect, surely, ready to condemn. Why is this? Are of a Hollander, Heemsker, and of a Dane, evil deeds so rare in this sinful world of Monke, who both of them had experienced ours, that every act of the kind should the same fate. Yet supposing that this be held up as a matter of curiosity ? Or, could not be reckoned on, the captain are the good deeds so natural and plenty remembered to have heard, that the whale that they are not worth mentioning? Or, fishers, who venture into this region, had may we not ask, are we not all of us so built huts in many places, in which the guilty ourselves, that it is a kind of selfish coopers made barrels for the preservation gratification to find that others are no of their oil. It was, therefore, more than better than we are? Whatever may be probable that three such well-prepared the reason, there should be more of a disenterprising persons would find one of position among men to cover the faults these huts, to which afterwards the shin- of others, and to hold up virtue by speaking torch might show the others the way. ing of good acts when they are seen.
From the wreck, they might easily take “Do to others, as you would have them all necessary supplies to their new abode. do unto you." That rule is always good.