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wreck, from its appearing to offer several uncommon and some useful details, well worthy, I think, of the notice of practical men, in every profession.
It is rather an unusual combination of disasters for a ship to be so totally wrecked, as to be actually obliterated from the face of the waters, in the course of a quarter of an hour, in fine weather, in the daytime, on well-known rocks, and close to a light-house, but without the loss of a single man, or the smallest accident to any person on board.
In the next place, it is highly important to observe, that the lives of the crew, in all probability, would not, and perhaps could not, have been saved, had the discipline been in the smallest degree less exactly maintained. Had any impatience been manifested by the people to rush into the boats, or had the captain not possessed sufficient authority to reduce the numbers which had crowded into the pinnace, when she was still resting on the booms, at least half of the crew must have lost their lives.
It was chiefly, therefore, if not entirely, to the personal influence which Captain Hickey possessed over the minds of all on board, that their safety was owing. Their habitual confidence in his fortitude, talents, and professional knowledge, had, from long experience, become so great, that every man in the ship, in this extremity of danger, instinctively turned to him for assistance; and seeing him so cheerfully and so completely master of himself, they relinquished to his well-known and often-tried sagacity the formidable task of extricating them from the impending peril. It is at such moments as these, indeed, that the grand distinction between man and man is developed, and the full ascendancy of a powerful and well-regulated mind makes itself felt.
hesitation on the captain's part, the smallest want of decision, or any uncertainty as to what was the very best thing to be done, if betrayed by a word or look of his, would have shot, like an electric spark, through the whole ship's company—a tumultuous rush would have been made to the boats—and two out of the three, if not all, must have been swamped, and every man in them drowned.
Captain Hickey and his crew had been serving together in the same ship for many years before, in the course of which period they had acquired so thorough an acquaintance with one another, that this great trial, instead of loosening the discipline, only augmented its compactness, and thus enabled the commander to bring all his knowledge, and all the resources of his vigorous understanding, to bear at once, with such admirable effect, upon the difficulties by which he was surrounded.
There are some men who actually derive more credit from their deportment under the severest losses, than others can manage to earn by brilliant success; and it may certainly be said that Captain Hickey is one of these; for, although he had the great misfortune to lose his ship, he must ever enjoy the noble satisfaction of knowing, that his skill and firmness, rendered effective by the discipline he had been so many years in perfecting, enabled him to save the lives of more than a hundred persons, who, but for him, in all human probability, must have perished with their hapless chief.
THE HORSE AND THE LOADED ASS.
A man who kept a horse and an ass was wont on his journeys to spare the horse, and put all the burden on the ass's back. The ass, who had been sometime ailing, besought the horse one day to relieve him of part of his load. · For if,” said he, you will take a fair portion, I shall soon get well again; but if you refuse to help me, this weight will kill me.' The horse, however, bade the ass get on, and not trouble him with his complaints. The ass jogged on in silence, but presently, overcome with the weight of his burden, dropped down dead, as he had foretold. Upon this, the master coming up, unloosed the load from the dead ass, and putting it upon the horse's back, made him carry the ass's carcass in addition. · Alas for my ill-nature !' said the horse ; by refusing to bear my just portion of the load, I have now to carry the whole of it, with a dead weight into the bargain.'
THE FIR-TREE AND THE BRAMBLE.
A fir-tree was one day boasting itself to a bramble: "You are of no use at all; but how could barns and houses be built without me?' • Good sir,' said the bramble, when the woodmen come here with their axes and saws, what would you give to be a bramble and not a fir?'
THE FOX AND THE MASK.
A fox had stolen into the house of an actor, and in rummaging his various properties, laid hold of a highlyfinished mask. A fine-looking head, indeed !' cried he; what a pity it is it wants brains!'
THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE.
Rode the Six Hundred.
Volleyed and thundered ;
Rode the Six Hundred.
All the world wondered; Plunged in the battery smoke, Fiercely the line they broke; Strong was the sabre stroke:
Making an army reel
Shaken and sundered. Then they rode back, but not
Not the Six Hundred.
Volleyed and thundered ;
Left of Six Hundred.
How they rode onward.