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horror, mingled with gratitude, the enormous driving furiously before the wind, like so many huge castles, and approaching the shore, where, with tremendous noise, they dashed against the rocks, foaming and filling the air with the spray. The whole company now took supper, and after singing a hymn, they lay down to rest about ten o'clock. The Esquimaux were soon fast asleep, but Liebisch, the missionary, could get no rest, partly on account of the dreadful roaring of the storm, and partly from severe pain. Both the brethren, indeed, were engaged in thinking of their late most merciful deliverance; and they mingled with their thanksgivings, prayer for still further relief.
“ The wakefulness of the missionaries proved the deliverance of the whole party from destruction. About two o'clock in the morning, Liebisch perceived some drops of salt water fall from the roof of the snow-house on his lips. Though rather alarmed on tasting it, he lay quiet till the dropping became more frequent, and then, just as he was about to give the alarm, a tremendous surf, all of a sudden, broke close to the house, and discharged a quantity of water into it; a second quickly followed, and carried away the slab of snow which was placed as a door before the entrance. The brethren immediately cried to the Esquimaux to rise and quit the place. Alarmed at the call, they jumped up in an instant. One of them with a large knife cut a passage through the side of the house, and each seizing some part of the baggage, threw it out on a higher part of the beach. They all immediately retreated to a neighbouring emi nence; but scarcely had they reached it, when an enormous wave carried
the whole of the house. “ Thus they were a second time delivered from the niost imminent danger of destruction; but yet they suffered great distress during the remaining part of the night, as it was scarcely possible to stand against the wind, the sleet, and the snow. Before the dawn of day, the Esquimaux cut a hole in the snow to screen the two missionaries, the woman, and the child.
Liebisch, however, could not bear the closeness of the air, and was obliged to sit at the entrance, where they covered him with skins to keep him warm, as the pain in his throat was extremely severe.
As soon as it was light, they built another snow-house, about eight feet square, and six or seven feet high; yet still their situation was by no means comfortable.
“ The missionaries had taken but a small stock of provisions with them, one merely sufficient for the short journey to Okkak. Joel, his wife and child, and Kassigiak the sorcerer, had nothing. They were obliged, therefore, to divide the small stock into daily portions, especially as there appeared no hope of soon quitting this place, or reaching any dwellings. Only two ways were left for this purpose, either to attempt the land passage across the wild and unfrequented mountain of Kiglapeit, or to wait for a new ice tract over the sea, which would require time to form. They therefore resolved to serve out no more than a biscuit and a half per day to each. The missionaries remained in the snow-house, and every day endeavoured to boil so much water over their lamps, as might supply them with two cups of coffee a-piece. Through mercy they were preserved in good health, and, quite unexpectedly, brother Liebisch recovered of his sore throat on the first day. The Esquimaux also kept up their spirits, and even Kassigiak, though a wild heathen, declared that it was proper to be thankful that they were still alive; adding, that if they had remained a little longer on the ice yesterday, all their bones would have been broken in a short time. “ Towards noon of the 13th the weather cleared
and the sea was seen, as far as the eye could reach, quite clear and free from ice. Mark and Joel went up the hill to reconnoitre, and returned with the disagreeable news, that not a single piece of ice was to be seen in any direction, and that it had been forced away even from the coast of Nuasornak. They were, therefore, of opinion, that they could do nothing but force their way across the mountain of Kiglapeit.
“ Towards evening some flakes of ice were observed driving towards the coast, and on the 14th, in the morning, the sea was covered with them; but the weather being very stormy, the Esquimaux could not quit the snow-house, which made them very low spirited and melancholy. Kassigiak suggested, that it would be well to attempt to make good weather, by which he meant to practise his art
the missionaries opposed, telling him that his heathenish practices were of no use, but that the weather would become favourable as soon as it should please God. Still it continued extremely boisterous, and the Esquimaux were ready to sink under their disappointment. They, however, possessed one advantage, the power
as a sorcerer.
of going to sleep when they pleased; for, if need be, these people sleep for days and nights together.
“Meanwhile, the brethren at Nain, and especially the wives of the two missionaries, were thrown into a state of the utmost alarm on account of the travellers. During the storm, they had felt considerable apprehension for their safety, though it was by no means so violent in that quarter, as the coast is there protected by islands. The Esquimaux, however, who had met them, and had warned them of the ground-swell in their obscure ambiguous manner, now threw out hints of their inevitable destruction. One of them, to whom either Liebisch or Turner was indebted for some article of dress, came to the wife of the missionary, and said he should be glad of payment for the work. · Wait a little,' answered she; 'when my husband returns he will settle it with you, for I am unacquainted with the bargain between you.' Samuel and William,' replied the Esquimaux, will return no more to Nain.' 'How not return ? What makes you say so ?'
After some pause, he replied in a low tone of voice, . Samuel and William are no more ! All their bones are broken, and in the stomachs of the sharks! So certain was he of their destruction, that it was with difficulty he was prevailed on to wait their return. He could not believe it possible that they could have escaped the storm, considering the course they were pursuing
“ While these circumstances were taking place, the two brethren were in no small distress how they should escape from their present dreary situation. The weather had now cleared, and the sea, as far as the eye could reach, was so completely free from ice, that not a morsel was to be seen. They were also in such straits for provisions, that the Esquimaux one day ate an old sack made of fish skin, and the next they began to devour a filthy worn-out skin which had served them for a mattress. Moreover, the roof of the snow-house was melted by the warm exhalation of the inhabitants; and as this occasioned a continual dropping, every thing by degrees was so soaked with water, that there was not a dry thread about them, nor a dry place on which to lie.
“ But meanwhile the sea bad begun to freeze, and in a short time it acquired a considerable degree of solidity. The Esquimaux belonging to the other sledge now resolved to pursue their journey to Okkak; while the brethren, after
remaining six days in this miserable place, set off to return to Nain. Their Esquimaux driver ran all the way round the promontory of Kiglapeit before the sledge, to find a good track; and after travelling about three hours, they reached the bay, and so were out of danger. Here they made a meal of the remainder of their provisions, and then proceeded on their journey without again stopping till about twelve at night, when they reached Nain, to the great joy of the settlement, and particularly of their own families."
KITTY CARROLL; OR, “TO THE UTTERMOST.”
· Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
Find us further than to-day.” Jim and Mary Edmonds had set themselves no easy task when they determined to help remove some of Kitty Carroll's trials; they had large hearts—hearts overflowing with good will towards God and man, but their means were very small, Jim being only a lumper (that is, a sort of porter on the quays for unloading vessels). During the season, wages were good, and work easily obtained; but as soon as winter set in, the vesseis arriving in port were few and far between, and only a small number of hands were required for unloading them. Jim and Mary were therefore obliged to lay by of their earnings for a time of need, and this they could only do by the strictest economy. But they had set their minds upon aiding the unhappy woman and her children, and, nothing daunted for the future, they boldly acted for the present. Mary's first work after Kitty Carroll left the next morning for the pottery, was to go up and give the garret a good scrubbing, sending the children out to get some fresh air. “There's nothing like a good clean up for health, it was enough to poison them here, poor creatures !” thought the little woman, and she scrubbed away with right good will. “And Mrs. Carroll must not sleep any longer on these bare boards ; it's certain she won't be sleeping here or anywhere long; her days are numbered, that's clear," murmured Mary to herself. Mary's words werē true; Kitty Carroll's days had well nigh drawn to an end; hunger and want of cloth
ing had naturally told on a consumptive habit like hers, and she herself well knew that in a few months the place that now know her “would know her no more.”
The very occupation in which she was employed fostered her disease. Sitting hour after hour chipping or rubbing off the little rough bits on earthenware, the powder got into her throat and chest, irritating and increasing her cough, whilst her sedentary life impeded the circulation of her blood and made her more susceptible to heat or cold. All this Mary thought about, not staying to inquire how her suffering neighbour had come into such great poverty and distress, but devising with her warm heart what she could do to lessen, if not remove it. A bed that had been always kept under her own, was dragged with much effort on her part up into the garret, as soon as the boards were quite dry; and a tiny fire built in the tiny grate ready for lighting against Kitty's return from work.
When Mary had done her best in making Mrs. Carroll's room look cleaner and more comfortable, she stood for some minutes gazing at her handiwork; then speaking to herself she said, “ Ah me! it is but a miserable place after all, but it is better than our blessed Saviour had when he was on earth-how I do wish that Mrs. Carroll had got the bit of comfort to rest upon, that Jesus loves her and pities her, for he has gone through all her troubles before, poor soul! poor soul !" and shutting the door, Mary slowly went down stairs, the tears glistening in her eyes as she thought of her sick neighbour.
Well may Kitty Carroll stare, and then burst out crying that evening, when she entered her garret; no longer dark and filthy, but clean, with a cheerful little fire, giving her a sort of welcome, whilst Charley with a merry laugh and smiling face ran up to her, pointing to the grate, shouting, “ Nice, nice! pretty, pretty!” and before she could get over her surprise, Nelly appearing with a hot cup of tea with Mrs. Edmonds' compliments. Poor Kitty could only weep and wonder; yes, wonder! She had got to think that all the world was turned against her, and that there was not one living who cared whether she lived or died; she had sunk lower and lower ever since her husband left her, and only expected to be found dead some day in her garret, or to be taken with the children to the poor-house there to end her wretched life. Thither she would have gone long before, but she could not bear to part with Charley: degraded and