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MISCELLANEOUS. What is Repentance ?
To Despisers of the Gospel 19 Terrible Encounter with a Whale )
Knowledge and Grace..
39 Auto-biography of a Working
How to use Sin
30 13 Human Frailty
30 Bursting of Bilberry Reservoir 25
'The Christian's Armour
30 The Bible the Friend of the Poor 37
The Devil's Armour
30 Burning of the Amazon Steam
31 Peter and tbe Pope
31 “I am no Scholar”
31 Encounter with Slave Hunters 85
Reading Paul and Peier
41 Sir John Ross on Flogging and
I love the Prayer meeting. 42 Drunkenness
42 Popery in Hagti
43 Secular Christianity
The Benevolent John Howard 43
43 A Song of Praise
5 A God, a Moment, an Eternity 43 Power of Faith 5 The Sunken Rock
53 A Poor Man's Soliloquy 17 Paying in the same Coin 53 God's Voice and Presence 29 A Peace Hero
54 Magdalen 41 The Sceptic Silenced
54 The Star of Bethlehem
52 A Soft Answer turneth away Never Fear!
55 A Sight of the Cross
64 Affliction from God is for good 55 The Spiritual Railway
76 God only to be seen in Christ 55 The Wanderer Invited
55 Resolution 113 The Praying Shepherd
65 Procrastination 113 The Old Oil Painting
65 The Christian's Hope. 113 The Poor Man's Friend
66 Saviour, I look to Thee 125
The Best Good News ...
66 The Excellency of Christianity 137 Dying in Sin
The Clergy are not the Gospel 67 ANECDOTES & SELECTIONS.
Narrative of an Escaped Convict 77
The Duel and the Weapon.... 78 The Glad Villagers 6 Things Above
78 An Infidel affected for once 6 Forbearing one another in love 79 A“Fast" Scholar 6 Thousands of Men...
79 Power of Money 6 The Slave and his Master....
91 The Soul
7 The Servant and his Master 91 For Ever:
:7| The Preaching Carpenter 91 The Great Change
7 The Blacksmith who would be A Rich Legacy
91 The Metbodist Dog
18 A Grand Mayor's Dinner 91 Popular Credulity 18 Plain Dealing
91 A Churchyard Ghost
19 | Dignity of the Christian 92
76 | Rest.
Where are your Ears ? ...... 115 The Penny Post Box
Poetic Pieces by the Young 108
The Little Ropery-boy
THE PENNY POST BOX.
The Two Old Men
Room in Heaven
The “Good Bottom"
9 The Sabbath-day and Sabbath
The Singers Contrasted.
Christmas Singing .
33 Death of a Baby
TERRIBLE ENCOUNTER WITH A WHALE. THE Panama Herald published the following thrilling report by John S. Deblois, captain of the whale ship, “ Ann Alexander,” which left Bedford, Massachusetts, June 1, 1850. Nothing of interest took place on the voyage except the loss of man in a storm off Cape Horn.
On the 20th of August, she reached what is well known as the “ Off-shore Ground," in lat. 5 degrees 50 south, long. 102 degrees west. In the morning of that day, at about nine o'clock, whales were discovered in the neighbourhood, and about noon the same day, they succeeded in making fast to
Two boats had gone after the whales—the larboard and the starboard—the former commanded by the first mate, and the latter by Capt. Deblois. The whale which they had struck was harpooned by the larboard boat. After running some time, the whale turned upon the boat, and rushing'at it with tremendous violence, lifted open its enormous jaws, and taking the boat in, actually crushed it into fragments as small as a common sized chair! Capt. Deblois immediately struck for the scene of the disaster with the starboard boat, and succeeded, against all expectation, in rescuing the whole of the crew of the demolished boat-nine in number! How they escaped from instant death when the whale rushed upon them with such violence and seized their boat in its ponderous jaws, is a mystery known only to “Him who holds the waves as in the hollow of His hands."
There were now eighteen men in the starboard boat, consisting of the captain, the first mate, and the crews of both boats. The frightful disaster had been witnessed from the ship, and the waist-boat was called into readiness and sent to their relief. The distance from the ship was about six miles. As soon as the waist-boat arrived, the crews were divided, and it was determined to pursue the same whale, and make another attack upon him. Accordingly they separated and proceeded at some distance from each other, as is usual on such occasions, after the whale. In a short time they came up to him and prepared to give him battle. The waist-boat, commanded by the first mate, was in advance. As soon as the whale perceived the demonstration being made upon him, he turned his course, suddenly, and making a tremendous dash at this boat, seized it with his wide-spread jaws, and crushed it into atoms, allow
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ing the men barely time to escape his vengeance by throwing themselves into the ocean.
Capt. Deblois, again seeing the perilous condition of his men, at the risk of meeting the same fate, directed his boat to hasten to their rescue, and in a short time succeeded in saving them all from a death little less horrible than that from which they bad, twice, so miraculously escaped. He then ordered the boat to put for the ship as speedily as possible, and no sooner had the order been given than they discovered the monster of the deep making towards them with his jaws widely extended! Escape from death now seemed totally out of the question. They were six or seven miles from the shipno aid even there to afford them necessary relief, and the whale, maddened by the wounds of the harpoon and lances which had been thrown into him, and seemingly gloating with the prospect of speedy revenge, within a few cables' length! Fortunately, the monster came up and passed them at a short distance, The boat then made her way to the ship, and they all got on board in safely.
After reaching the ship a boat was despatched for the oars of the demolished boats, and it was determined to pursue the whale with the ship. As soon as the boat returned with the oars, sail was set, and the ship proceeded after the whale. In a short time she overtook him, and a lance was thrown into his head. The ship passed on by him, and immediately after they discovered that the whale was making for the ship! As he came up near her, they hauled on the wind, and suffered the monster to pass her. Afier he had fairly passed, they kept off to overtake and attack him again. When the ship had reached within about fifty rods of him, they discovered that the whale had settled down deep below the surface of the water, and as it was near sun-down, they concluded to give up the pursuit.
Capt. Deblois was at this time standing in the nigh-heads on the larboard bow, with craft in hand ready to strike the monster a deadly blow should he appear, the ship moving about five knots, when working on the side of the ship, he discovered the whale rushing towards her at the rate of fifteen knots! In an instant the monster struck the ship with tremendous violence, shaking her from stem to stern.
She quivered under the violence of the shock, as if she had struck upon a rock! Capt. Deblois immediately descended into the forecastle, and there, to his horror, discovered that the mon.
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ster had struck the ship about two feet from the keel, abreast the foremast, knocking a great hole entirely through her bottom, through which the water roared and rushed in impetuously! Springing to the deck, he ordered the mate to cut away the anchor and get the cable overboard to keep the ship from sinking, as she had a large quantity of pig iron on board.
In doing this, the mate succeeded in relieving only one anchor and cable clear, the other having been fastened around the foremast. The ship was then sinking very rapidly. The captain went into the cabin, where he found three feet of water; he, however, succeeded in procuring a chronometer, sextant, and chart. Reaching the deck he ordered the boats to be cleared away,
and to get water and provisions, as the ship was heeling over. He again descended to the cabin, but the water was rushing in so rapidly that he could procure nothing. He then came upon deck, ordered all hands into the boats, and was himself the last to leave the ship, which he did by throwing himself into the sea, swimming to the nearest boat. The ship was on her beam ends, her top gallant yards under water. They then pushed off some distance from the ship, expecting her to sink in a very short time. Upon an examination of tlie stores they had been able to save, he discovered that they had only twelve quarts of water, and not a mouthful of provision of any
kind! The boats contained eleven men each, were leaky, and night coming on, they were obliged to bale them all night to keep them from sinking!
Next day, at daylight, they returned to the ship, no one dating to venture on board but the captain, their intention being to cut away the masts, and fearful that the moment the masts were cut away, the ship would go down. With a single hatchet, the captain went on board, and cut away the mast, when the ship righted. The boats then came up, and the men, by the sole aid of spades, cut away the chain cable from around the foremast, which got the ship nearly on her keel. The men then tied ropes round their bodies, got into the sea and cut holes through the decks to get out provisions. They could procure nothing but about five gallons of vinegar, and twenty pounds of wet bread. The ship threatened to sink, and they deemed it imprudent to remain by her longer, so they set sail on their boats and left her.
They were then in a dreadful state of anxiety, knowing that in few days, unless a kind Providence should direct them to fall in with some ship, they must all die by starvation