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some consternation, but hopes were en- morning her father, Mr. Holyoke and tertained that the vessel might be able Mr. Forrester made a simultaneous to pursue her course without material rush to the cabin stairs to tell her one hindrance. They pressed in, hoping was approaching. Soon she was on to find a way; but, the wind being the outlook. On it came, with its against them, they ultimately drifted, diamond halls and palaces of enchanthelplessly embedded in a continent ment. Not a breath of air was stirof ice.
ring, yet it progressed steadily at the The distressing feature in this catas- rate of three miles an hour. trophe was the dread of falling short The scene was
one of terrible of provisions. Already were they beauty. The stillness, the repose, put upon meagre allowances, when as the soft, white clouds flecking the blue they hoped to be entering the nar- above, seeming but a counterpart of rows of St. John, they were carried many a snowy patch below, the past the harbour, the wind prevailing diamond glitter of the icy pack, the from the North. The captain spoke stalagmites upon its floor dropped cheerily, telling them that they might from the crystal projections, the farbe able to put into Bay Bulls; but they away white sweep of the horizon, the were, however, too firmly in the trail of blue which looked like a swept Frost King's grip. They drifted on, path for the berg, whence the sun's and when off Cape St. Mary the wind rays were refracted in all the colours lulled. Meantime, neither the crew of the rainbow. nor the passengers had been idle. • Who knows there may be seals Several of them had left the ship in upon it,' said the naval officer to Mr. search of seals, hoping thus to supply Forrester by this time so far indulthe failing stores, while others were gent to his unordained ministrations diligently looking for an outlet. But that, though he would not give them neither the one quest nor the other the sanction of his august presence, was successful. Owing perhaps to a he would in God's great temple speak strong undercurrent, the ice immedi- to him as a man, and, in this time of ately round the ship became detached mutual need and craving, as a brother. and broken, leaving an outer reef of “There may be seals, but these bergs prodigious size. And now did Ade- are nasty things. It is not always laide see with her outward vision the
easy to get at them.' panorama that beforetime had been Adelaide turned round on him with a dream. The far-off sympathy with such an unconscious expression of her sturdy brother was exchanged for scorn upon
her face that Mr. Forrester participation in his stern experiences, could not help laughing. and it buoyed her up to think that • The captain and first mate are it was so. Her liveliness was quite taking the bearings,' exclaimed Mr. exbilarating; for, surrounded by Holyoke. The naval officer and Mr. danger, threatened with starvation, Brignall, who had their own misand having every day to exercise self- givings, though the latter was inexdenial in an air that sharpens the perienced, drew near to hear what appetite and makes a large amount they were saying. The next moof nourishment necessary, there was ment Mr. Forrester felt a sudden no slight strain upon her fortitude. pressure on his arm, and turning There were moments of panic also round saw that it came from Miss that could not be spared even to the Brignall, who was looking at her women, Adelaide had had bright father with a face out of which all anticipations of what the first sight of colour had suddenly vanished. an iceberg would be to her, and one “Something is the matter,' she exclaimed; 'I have never felt afraid The pathetic appeal was to him before.'
as authoritative a summons as that * You had better come down to the which was taking him up from his cabin where you cannot see it,' said kindred and his father's house to a Mr. Holyoke, compassionately, but country that he knew not. deliberately.
From the danger they were in a * Then you see danger.
No, thank few minutes might see them deyou, I will not godown. To shut my livered, but the fear was to her what eyes to it would be cowardly indeed.' the earthquake was to the Philippian
* It is danger from the collision jailer. So laying aside every selfish you apprehend ?' queried Mr. For- thought and every outward distracrester, still careful to detain the hand tion, he sat beside her to tell her of that in fear had been surrendered to a far different scene : a scene in the him. 'I am not a competent judge, hot sands of the desert; serpentand yet I can almost venture to say bitten Israelites suffering deadly that there is no real reason for alarm. anguish, but finding life and health The ice around us makes a very con- by a look at the object lifted up for siderable resistance.'
their healing. Even so the Son of But the words meant to reassure Man had been lifted up; and still a conveyed terror to others who were look could save. within hearing, creating an excite- Adelaide bad retired to a corner. ment that it was difficult to allay. With some timidity Mr. Forrester Two ladies screamed, one fainted. It intruded upon her. only needed that to recall our heroine • You do not feel afraid now,' he to the full possession of herself. She said, in a tone well calculated to win broke away from the two young
her confidence. Ministers-who, not without fear Her face softened. It was but for themselves, had vied with each other a moment. Again summoning her in soothing her-and, going to the resolution, she said : most demonstrative, said :
'Leave me, Mr. Forrester.
Go • Hush ! hush! If you go on like to those who need you more.' this you will distress the sailors. If • You have taught me a lesson,' he the worst that we fear happens, it is said, as he obeyed her and retired. as hard for them as for us. Do let us • Where is my daughter?' enquired be calm then, and look quietly to God.' Mr. Brignall. Is she below?'
On, on came the beautiful berg ; Mr. Forrester told him he would and the more beautiful it looked, the find her at the end of the vessel. greater terror did it strike into the "I need not ask you, Sir, if you hearts of those on board.
apprehend danger ?' Adelaide was repulsed in her effort I am not quite easy, for the capto rally others an effort which, for tain does not appear to have made up the time at least, made her forgetful his mind. The berg may join us harmof herself.
lessly, or it may cut its way through A young lady who had regretted that the pack and our vessel be shivered in Missionaries of the right kind were pieces. The way in which we are not sent out to convert the heathen of situated with regard to the ice makes Newfoundland laid beseeching hands it impossible for us to leave the ship.' on Mr. Holyoke.
Adelaide was conscious of her 'Do help me,' she said. “It is not father's presence when he stood bethe dying I am afraid of so much ; side her, but her eyes were fixed on it is what comes after. O! I never the terrible moving mass before them, thought to die would be like this!' and she was trying in the brief period
of suspense to be prepared for the the water-floods; and there was not worst.
one of the voices upraised in it My darling,' said Mr. Brignall at that did not vibrate to feelings of last, "I but too late repent of my gratitude and love. folly in bringing you with me on this During the night there was a heavy disastrous voyage.'
fall of sleet, but all was clear again “0, papa ! I feared
The ladies were say that, though I hoped you would advised to keep below, as the ther
I kept out of your way for that mometer stood some degrees below very reason. It is too much to bear.
Adelaide was the only one who If we must die, let us die together.' disregarded the admonition. Putting
He kissed her tenderly, holding her a large pair of woollen socks over her to him in a straining embrace. boots, she ventured up, and the ship
• I hope that all will get be well, appeared to have undergone a transmy brave child. I should
there formation. The decks were flagged is not a heart here from which with ice, the bulwarks were an inch prayer has not gone up to God.' thick with it, the ropes coated till
• They looked unto Him, and were they looked double their real size, lightened,' she said ; but while she and the rigging was like sparkling met the danger with such a calm crystalline. front, she was not indifferent to her Beautiful l'exclaimed Adelaide, fate. She thought of home. She as her teeth chattered. imagined Fred missing her voice and Her father authoritatively took her her father's from his welcome home! back to the cabin, where they were She thought of all her golden dreams in a moment joined by Mr. Forrester, for the future quenched in the chill who brought her a cup of strong waters. O! under that blue sky, so coffee. The coffee was the best corsuftly flecked with white, it was hard dial she could have had. to give up all the joy of living ; to Were the Princess Amelia never go down, down, down where no green to be set free,' she said, she would turf or towers could grow over them, illustrate Montgomery's lines : or modest headstone tell that once they had been and were still.
« There lies a vessel in this realm of frost, * But we shall not be divided either
Not wrecked, nor stranded, yet for ever
lost; above or below,' she thought, as she Its keel embedded in the solid mass, felt against her face the beatings of Its glistening sails appear expanded glass, her father's heart, growing stronger
The transverse ropes with pearls enormous
strung, as the crisis neared, for the berg and
The yards with icicles grotesquely hung."" the pack had come to the join.' There was an agitation discernible, 'It is well that you are so alive something like the tumult of electric to the poetry of the situation,' said wires in a storm; a shock was either Mr. Forrester, as he whittled away felt or imagined, and the berg was at a gaff that he fondly hoped was arrested in its majestic course with to be the destruction of some happy no disaster save the detachment of family of seals. masses of ice from the floe and the 'I like poetry,' said Adelaide, overtoppling of the berg's burnished näively; but some of the prose of dome.
this is written in black-letter type. To describe the revulsion of feel- We shall perhaps be hearing loud ing, one had need have been there.
reports on board after awhile, and Sweetly through the frosty air went how will you explain
that, Mr. up the Doxology to Him Who is above Forrester ?"
'Firing for absentees ? '
I mean without the alarm it brought. ‘No; I don't mean that. The All the happy days of my life put expansion of the water frozen in the together do not give me so much to fissures of the old trees in the thank God for as yesterday has done. forests, cracks them and rends them I cannot tell you how I saw myself to pieces, and so our ship may be in in the searching light that seemed to danger.
fall upon me from God's judgment Not from that cause, dear,' said throne. I had imagined that all was her father. Her timbers are sound.' right, but I saw myself in all manner
Most of the passengers were dis- of false disguises, that in a moment contented, some miserably afraid, fell off.' and even Mr. Brignall chafed at the "I believe in such vivid moments,' loss of time, and its possible conse- said Adelaide, thoughtfully; and I quences. He was not free from thank God with you. There were apprehension either, and the scant very solemn thoughts passing through provisions had a depressing effect on my mind, as I sat on deck waiting him, though he would have scorned the end. The worst of it is, one is to complain. His chief fear was apt to forget; but you will not forget, the effect that the bitter cold and so will you ?' many privations might have on his
'I hope not. It seems to me as if daughter's health ; but she bore up I never could. It is so sweet to be gallantly, and her evident ability able to apprehend the Saviour as I still to enjoy herself was very sus
Before, I must have looked taining to him.
on the Lamb of God through a veil She returned to the deck, and of self-righteousness as dense as the watched her father set out with the unbelief of the Jews. To think Daval officer for an exploration of what blind eyes I have read my the region round them ; while Messrs. Bible with, not to have understood Holyoke and Forrester went out with this great change, and how quickly others in quest of seals. Adelaide God can work it in the soul !! would fain have left the ship also,
so glad,' said Adelaide. but none of the ladies were per- "Now we
can often converse tomitted. The keen air and the white gether, and of the best things, and glitter when the sun was in power you will join us in our Sabbath worcompelled her to return to the cabin. ship.' She took up her work, and was pre- Yes, indeed; but the very men
! sently joined by the young lady who tion of it covers me with shame.' had betrayed so much distress during And she continued her artless confesthe alarm of yesterday. Her face sion, proving that learning the still showed traces of the struggle glorious' first principles' of 'repentthrough which she had passed, but ance toward God, and faith toward there was a sweet, restful, trusting our Lord Jesus Christ,' an ere while expression on it which was altogether careless soul had been started on the new.
race, the goal of which is perfection. . That is right,' said Adelaide, In the afternoon Mr. Brignall was making a place for her beside the brought home by some of the party, stove. Let us make ourselves com- suffering severely in the eyes through fortable. It is all that there is left the glare of light upon the ice. With for us to do. How frightened we that Adelaide felt as if her real were at this time yesterday!' troubles bad only begun. They
* And yet, Miss Brignall, I would applied such remedies as were availnot now have been without yesterday; able. But the cup of that day's
trial was not full. The sealers returned disconsolately without any booty, and the Missionaries were missing. No one could tell where they had wandered.
Guns were fired from the ship to apprise them
of its position if they were in doubt ; then some of the crew went in quest, carrying lanterns : and Adelaide awaited their return with feverish impatience.
NOTES ON CURRENT SCIENCE :
BY THE REV. W. H. DALLINGER, F.R.M.S. It was pointed out in our last Notes the elements, and the majority of that Mr. Lockyer had, by a long physicists may go with him in this : series of investigatione, come to the he indeed shows that substances as conclusion that he had found evidence, unlike
each other as calcium, lithium, amounting almost to absolute demon- iron and hydrogen may not be fundastration, that the so-called elementary mentally distinct, but merely differbodies are compound; and that, in all ent aspects of some basic matter-stuff, probability, from the nature of the of which hydrogen is the simplest we evidence, all the varieties of ele- can at present find. This may or mentary bodies are only modifications may not be absolutely true; but, if it of one ultimate atomic condition. In be true, it is out of harmony with the fact, there is the highest probability philosophy of the facts to imagine that the final state of matter when that the quest of the alchemist has traced to its core, is unity of charac- been reached. teristic;
and that the various kinds If matter be, at its root, only of matter now regarded as elementary hydrogen, or some similar form, the substances possess one and the same existence of strongly-marked phases ultimate or atomic attribute, but that of matter such as iron, platinum and various conditions of movement of the phosphorous can only be explained ultimate atom determine the differ- by taking them to be the result of ence between elementary' bodies. the operation of rhythmic laws actThe consequence of this is, that if the ing in past ages, and concerning the 'molecular' energy of a so-called operation of which we know really element can be changed, that element nothing. would be dissociated-broken up. This we do know, and from it may
There can be but little question of learn much, that life, in all its forms, the high probability that this is a is fundamentally the great truth ; but very much misap- 'plasm’ in which it inheres is not prehension seems to have arisen as materially different in the lowest the result of the publication of the fungus and the highest human brain. evidence. There are, evidently, a. Yet we are certain from experience great many who claim acquaintance that the various forms of life are not with physics, who assume that if transmutable--as such. The common these inferences be verified the dreams origin of the horse and the ass may of the alchemist must, after all, be be demonstrated; but we cannot realized (!), and that chemists will be change horses into asses, or the reverse. able to transmute one form of matter
be true that into another. Nothing could be more two phases of the same matter may be fallacious. Mr. Lockyer is, plainly as unlike each other as gold and merenough, led to doubt the integrity of cury; but there is, in spite of this, no
In the same way,