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THE MESSMATES.

375 gate, about forty miles off the Texel. These were all quartered at our Sailors Home, where every attention was given to their wants by the superintendent, matron, and assistants. All those who needed them, were supplied with dry clothes, food, and such other comforts as their circumstances required. It was quite heart rending to hear some of their sad tales of sorrow. Quote a few words from the statement of the Captain of the “Countess of Durham ”—“I have been at sea now for fifty-two years, but never before experienced such a hurricane, and indeed it was nothing less. Oh, the suspence of that sad hour when we expected to go to the bottom of the sea. We were all married men (but one), having large families; had we have all been lost, it would have added sixty widows and orphans to the list of those needing succour. But imagine the joy when we saw the fishing smack baring down to us; but our fear was, she would not be able to do anything, as the sea was actually mad at this time; the howling of the wind, and roaring of the billows, drowned the sound of the human voice, so that not a single word could be heard from the ship to the smack, and we had to make each other understand as best we could by signals. Oh, sir, the gallantry of those brave fishermen will never be forgotten by me, nor my crew, for unto God, we owe our deliverance from a watery grave, and present existence, to their good seamenship, and the way in which they manouvred their cockle shell of a boat. It is a deed that I cannot speak too highly of, and it ought to be made known the wide world over. At 3.30 p.m., on Sunday the 16th, a special thanksgiving service was held in the Sailors' Church, at which nearly all the shipwrecked seamen (excepting the Lascars) attended. It was our prayerful endeavour to speak a few earnest, but kind and comforting words, suitable to the occasion, of which the following is an outline, based on the following words :

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"Forget not all His benefits Who redeemeth thy life from destruction" (Psa. ciii. 2-4. This psalm if full of adoration, praise, and thanksgiving. We are brought together this afternoon my brethren, under very peculiar circumstances, and truly, many of you here present may say in the language of the Psalmist, "Forget not all His, etc.

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Written for Chart and Compas by Vice-Admiral J. R. Ward.

As Joe and I, one midnight watch,
Walked to and fro' the deck,

The bright stars shining overhead,
Our good ship but a speck

Upon the ocean's bosom vast,

My thoughts on home were backward cast,
And I thought of those I had left behind,
Of their cheery looks and voices kind,
And the happy days with them I had passed.

What ails you, friend? said Joe to me,
You seem as if you had

Some weighty matter on your mind;

What makes you look so sad ?

Well, Joe, to tell the truth, I thought

Upon that time, with blessings fraught
When 'neath my parents' home I dwelt,
Who loved me, and for whom I felt

I ne'er could love them as I ought.

Since then I have sailed the earth around
And have to manhood grown,

And never, in the whole wide world,
Such love as theirs have known.

Cheer up, said Joe, nor look so glum,
But think of the happy days to come,
When we, paid off and again on shore,
Will merry be as heretofore,

With Poll and Bess, and pipe and rum.
Nay, Joe, no more will I pleasure find
In profligacy wild,

In the midst of which I have often thought
Of my mother's warning, mild,

And I have seemed to hear her voice so kind,
Telling me that I ne'er would find

True happiness in sinful ways,

Or conscience clear or length of days,

If to those precepts blind.

She told me of a Saviour's love

To sinners such as me,

Who would that every child of man
Eternal life might see;

Who gave Himself to death that we

From death's dark realm should rescued be,
And saved from grief, remorse, and pain,
And cleansed from every earthly stain,
Should rest in Him eternally.

And now I firmly am resolved
To turn a deafened ear

To sin's seductive, honied voice,

And a safer course to steer,

For this troubled life will soon have passed,
And we be called to breathe our last!
What profit then to you or I,*

If, when our time shall come to die,
We find from heaven we are outcast

* "For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul." (St. Mark viii., verse 38).

EDITOR'S NOTES AND NOTICES.

Chart and Compass Almanac for 1882, price One Penny, is now ready. It contains a central picture of the Sunbeam in a storm, from Lady Brassey's Storm and Sunshine; also smaller pictures, a text for every day in the year, and much other information.

Subscriptions are now due for Chart and Compass for 1881, and for 2s. 6d. we will forward during 1882 a monthly copy to almost any part of the world.

Articles are in type from Captain Custard, Library Agent; Mr. Hitchen (Hamburg), Mr. Ellis (Holyhead), Miss Wilson, H. T. Miller (Ontario), but must stand over till next issue. Letters and other matter are also waiting.

We hope another time, when our much respected friend, the Rev. John Macredy, of Belfast, does the grand tour through Europe, Egypt, the Nile, Palestine, with all that glorious historic East, he will take us with him as his chaplain. According to the lectures he has since given, he has the power to see and to say.

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Right glad are we to see our worthy Secretary of the Swansea Branch, Mr. Alderman Davis, recently elected Mayor. We hope to see more than ever the graduates of old ocean filling municipal and imperial positions of trust. Treasurer of our Dover Branch, Mr. Councillor Bradley, is also elected to the Mayoralty of that ancient town. While an old friend of our Gravesend Mission

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and a sailor, too, Mr. Martin, has just passed the chair. We want Christian men and friends of seamen to fill all these posts of honour. them.

Three cheers to

We beg to call attention to the Rev. R. Ward's School advertisement. It was our pleasure to be pursuiug collegiate studies at the same institution with him. As committng children to others is of such a serious and responsible nature, parents should be careful to choose those who have status and who are thoroughly trustworthy.

We are glad to report the recovery of our good Brother Lonsdale.

Spurgeon's Morning by Morning and Evening by Evening. Our dear wife a few hours before she departed, said, “You take these books, they have been greatly blessed to me, you read them."

She also said to me just a few days before she died, "I wish I could write a testimonial for E. Chapman & Co., I don't know what I should have done without my koumiss.” I have no hesitation in saying that the koumiss, especially at the stage when it was most needed, prolonged her life. And what, perhaps, is of scarcely secondary importance, it prevented much distressing pain. Dr. Mowbray Henderson, who attended her with great skill and consideration, also endorses what I now say. For many days I closely observed its soothing and strengthening effect. When all solids were rejected, koumis was generously received. When liquids, such as wines and beef-tea even, would produce instant vomitings and convulsive pains, koumiss to the last hour wonderfully sustained her sinking nature. It made many an hour pleasurable instead of painful to those who had to watch and wait. I say this merely that other sick ones may be comforted by Mr. Chapman's koumiss, 10, Duke Street, W. (See advt.)

CARES AND PRAYERS.

(Sent for Chart and Compass by Mrs. (DEAN) Goode.)

LEARN to entwine with your prayers the small cares, the trifling sorrows, the little wants of daily life. Whatever affects you-—be it a changed look, an altered tone, an unkind word, a wrong, a wound, a demand you cannot meet, a sorrow you cannot disclose-turn it into prayer, and send it up to God. Disclosures you may not make to man you can make to the Lord. Men may be too little for your great matter; God is not too great for your small ones. Only give yourself to prayer, whatever be the occasion that calls for it.

"Chart and Compass" Receipts, from Oct. 11th, to Nov. 12th, 1881.

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FROM THE WORD OF GOD.

"In the way of righteousness is life; and in the Pathway thereof there is no death."-PROV. XII. 28.

SUNDAY, DEC. 4th.-"All things are of God, who hath RECONCILED us to Himself by Jesus Christ ** GOD was in Christ, RECONCILING the world unto Himself, not imputing their trepasses unto them; * * for HE hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

2 COR. v. 18-21.

SUNDAY, DEC. 11th.-" It pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of His Cross, by Him to RECONCILE all things to Himself." COL. I. 19-20.

SUNDAY. DEC. 18th. " Now in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were FAR OFF are made NIGH by the blood of Christ.' Ерн. II. 13.

SUNDAY,

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DEC. 25th.-" Hearken unto ME, ye stouthearted that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry.' "For unto you is born THIS day, a SAVIOUR, which is Christ the Lord." Is. XLV. 12-13, LUKE. II. 11.

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*Those interested in "Chart and Compass" would be very grateful for the prayers of all who read these "Sunday Thoughts," that they, and all God's word and truth in the Magazine, may be greatly blessed to many Sailors. Sunday Mornings would be a good time for such

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