hove her on her broadside, and swept the long-boat away. The whole of the crew then ascended the fore-rigging; and when two of them again came down on the deck, the vessel at this time began to break up abaft, and the larboard quarter was totally carried away with the violence of the sea. At this critical moment a young man threw off his jacket and boots, and committed himself to the waves, laying hold of a steerage sail-boom then floating amidst the wreck; but finding this boom give way, and seeing the ship’s steerage ladder float near, he made towards it, and succeeded in getting on it. A few minutes after this, the mainmast fell over the side, carrying the wreck of topmast, sails, yards, &c. with it,-but very fortunately fell clear of him. After this, whilst the sea was heaving him towards the shore, he heard, as he supposes, the foremast fall, carrying with it nineteen persons who had taken shelter in the foretop. Their dying cries rent the air! Awful moment! contending with the angry waves! In vain the conflict,-human effort fails,-no

5,-no heart to pity, no hand to save,—they sink beneath the billows into a watery grave! Out of TWENTY-ONE on board, TWENTY perished !!

The following Table exhibits the greater number of ships which have been stranded, foundered, abandoned, and sunk. Now, leaving out of our calculation those which have been damaged, let us suppose that only one from each of the other ships has perished, from one or other of the disasters stated as under, and we have a loss of one HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SIX LIVES, exclusive of SEVENTY-FIVE individuals who it is certainly known have perished.

[blocks in formation]

The total loss from all causes amounts to not fewer than THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-ONE LIVES!! How often, and with what emphasis, has the wave re-echoed, in the ears of the church, the imploring cry of the disciples to their Master—“ CAREST THOU NOT THAT WE PERISH !".

Galway, Feb. 7th. A large barque dismasted and abandoned with Hull on her stern, was passed about 20 miles North of the Shine Head Lights, by a fishing boat arrived here.

+ Aalborg, Jan. 14th. Three ships sunk during the late gales on the coast of Logstou.

| The HEADLEYS, of North Shields by the George and Jane.' The two crews together have been on allowance of two pieces of beef among the whole, and a tea-cup full of water each, during the 24 hours for the last six days.

Salonica, Dec. 31st. It has blown very heavy for the last few days, several vessels have been lost on the coast ; and a large Turkish Brig was wrecked on 15th Inst, off Mt. Athos.

Boulogne, Jan. 29th. Part of the wreck of a vessel of about 400 tons, was brought ashore at Barak, 25th Inst. ; she was apparently new and fir-built, had three masts, and was iron-fastened with square bolts, and the bottom sheathe with deal plank; has two windows painted on her stern, several small columas decorated with a yellow band; cargo, coals.


(The following Observations are by Capt. H. W. Bruce, of H. M. S. •Imogene,' in the Sandwich, Tahitian, and Pitcairn Islands; and are entitled to the special notice of those who are engaged in foreign navigation.]


The latitude of Honolulu Fort, is 21° 18' 12" N. longitude; from Greenwich 158° 0' 30' west ;-time lh. 16' 24'' or 19° 6' 0" west of Resolution Bay. To run along the edge of the coral reef outside, keep Diamond Hill E. N. E. by compass, which will lead you clear; or a conical hill seen over the land, by being kept in sight, is a safe mark.

The haven of Honolulu is perfect. And the port, besides the best shelter, affords every thing that a ship can require, -good water, abundance of fresh beef, and vegetables of various kinds.

KARAKAKOOA BAY. The very high land of Owhyee prevents the trade-wind from reaching the lee-side of the island, and makes access to this bay difficult. A ship wanting to visit it, should make it direct from the S.E.,


proceeding for Oahu, should haul out round its west end, and keep to windward ; but by bringing Karakakooa to bear E.N.E. about forty miles, a light S.W. wind prevails, which will run you into the bay. The anchorage is under cliffs 400 or 500 feet high, with good landing ;-on one side, on a sandy beach—and on the other, on rocks of lava.


The position of Belinghausen is, latitude 15° 471 S., longitude 154° 34' 25' W. It is a long, low, treacherous looking island of coral formation, three or four miles from N. N. W. to S.S. E., and richly covered with trees and foliage; there is a lagoon in its centre, and for half-a-mile at either extremity, the rollers break heavily.


Its true position is, latitude 22° 29' S., longitude 151° 20' 25' W. Rurutu is about 1300 feet high, and volcanic in appearance, having two small peaks, and higher in the centre, with uneven outline, and is three or four miles from extremes east and west, with a bold



This is a safe and excellent harbour, though the passage at its entrance, between two coral reefs, presents a rugged appearance, and heavy rolling surf, with only 370 feet space of deep water :-two rocks in that space, and no anchorage but inside of the reefs, make it by no means to be trifled with. Papiété is in lat. 17° 32' S., long., 149° 37' 45" W.,-24° 1' 30" east of Kowrawa, Owhyee.



You must also exercise faith in Christ for quickening and strengthening, as well as justifying grace. Do your corruptions prevail ? Bring them to the cross of Christ. Look to, and humbly depend upon, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, to make you free from the law of sin and death. Do dead, carnal, or formal frames, prevail upon you? Strive to quicken your soul by enlivening meditations on the amazing transactions of redeeming love, and firmly rely upon Christ for the quickening influences of his Spirit. You will always find your soul enlivened, your graces invigorated, and your affections spiritualized, in proportion to your humble, steady, cheerful dependance upon Christ for all those supplies of grace you stand in need of. Thus, then, wait upon the Lord Jesus Christ, and be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. So shall you mount up with wings as the eagle; you shall run, and not be weary; you shall walk, and not faint.

You must live by faith, under all your various circumstances of life, and under all the different dispensations of God's holy providence. Are you in the dark, and under inward trials? Remember, that you walk by faith, not by sight. Be humbled, but not discouraged, by your deadness, darkness, temptations, or corruptions; for, however your spiritual frames, affections, or dispositions of soul may change, yet Christ Jesus is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever; and may be safely trusted for deliverance, how distressing soever your condition. Hence, when you walk in darkness, and see no light; yet trust in the name of the Lord, and (by faith in Christ) stay yourself upon your God. Are you under outward afflictions, and adverse dispensations of Providence ? Exercise faith in the promises ; all of which are in Christ yea, and in him amen, to the glory of God; and humbly hope, that according to God's gracious promise, all things shall work together for your good; and that your light affliction, which is but for a moment, will work for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. But you are in doubt about your interest in the promises : well, let your hearty acceptance of Christ, and your humble dependance upon the promises, in him, remove your doubts. Act always under the influence of this maxim, that you cannot trust too little to yourself, nor too much to Christ.

To conclude. If you want spiritual life, Christ Jesus is our life; you must look to, and depend upon him for it. If you want light, he is also the light of men; and his Spirit must direct you. This is the way, walk ye in it. If yon want comfort, your consolation must be in Christ; and you must rejoice Christ Jesus, without any confidence in the flesh. Would you live near to God? Draw near with a full assurance of faith. Would you have a victory over the sting and terror of death? You must be delivered from this bondage, and obtain the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Would you live in the prospect of a blessed immortality ? Christ in you is the hope of glory. Thus to live is Christ, and then to die is gain-gain unspeakable! To depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better than to abide in the flesh, under the happiest circumstances of life,

,-even amidst all the honours, pleasures, and riches of this vain perishing world.-Dick. inson.

[blocks in formation]


THE STAGE, its Character and Influence. By John STYLES, D.D.

Fourth Edition revised. 18mo, pp. 210.

Ward and Co., London.

If we take the stage as it is, whether in England or throughout the continent of Europe, its tendency is most degrading-most demoralizing. Such degradation is the inevitable consequence of the demoralization. In proportion as a man's morals become contaminated and impure, does he sink in the scale of rational intelligence. The heartthat great fountain of thought and feeling, being corrupted, the character grows more depraved and vicious. As the stream to its source, the one corresponds with the other.

Regard then to the public morals, and especially to the morals of our youth, should lead the virtuous and the good to give not even the shadow of countenance to the theatre. It is the parent of every grosser vice; and so long as it is patronized and supported, its influence will be most prejudicial to society in general. Under this impression we offer our best thanks to Dr. Styles, for this new and revised edition of his little volume on " THE STAGE.” It is an admirable work. Each parent would do well to present his son or daughter who may be rising into life, with a copy. And we would suggest to the ministers of religion, (those guardians of the public morals,) that they would be doing good service, if they would recommend it to their respective congregations. Such a work, read with attention and reflection, is calculated, by God's help, to effect the most salutary change in the human mind; not only in reference to the theatre, but also in regard to the high principles of christianity, which are so beautifully incorporated in the arguments and illustrations of the volume.


EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. By JOHN MORISON, D.D. Third Edition, 18mo, pp. 202.

Ward and Co., London. This will be found a very appropriate sequel to the preceding work, and it would be a positive advantage to read and study them together. The avowed aim of infidelity is to subvert the foundations of the christian faith; and since it obtains chiefly among our youth, it is of the first moment that they should be made acquainted with the incontrovertible evidence on which the divine origin of christianity is made to rest, and on which it prefers its claim to universal belief.

« VorigeDoorgaan »