Imatges de pÓgina
PDF
EPUB

church life) than at present. Those forces them all, listen to teaching based on his own of Christian philanthropy which go down stirring appeals and trenchant denunciations. to the depths to rescue men from the slums And if the rugged old man were here in of vice are marvellously aggressive and person, he would find abundant scope for marvellously successful in these days. his powers of reproving evil and exhorting Such an observer might call attention to the to righteousness, in the daily doings of the fact, that in Canada itself there are at the stock exchange, the clubs, the taverns, and present moment more than a thousand lads, many other scenes of modern life. Arisan immense majority conducting themselves totle's influence on modern thought, after well, all of whom have been rescued from all that has elapsed since the time when the lowest depths by the force of Christian he held undisputed sway, would be exceedbenevolence, set in motion by one devoted ingly difficult to estimate. But it is certain lady. And the force was simply and purely that if he would find himself at home at the Christian, and of the strictest evangelical Athenæum ; Ezekiel would be equally at type. Illustrations, however, need not be home in the Churches. He probably might multiplied. The truth appears to be that not approve of all he saw, and it might do every phase of life takes on in these days a some good, here and there, to have an Ezemore pronounced form. Whatever view

Whatever view kiel testifying. we may take of the relative positions of Modern culture is a very large word. It good and evil, it is certain that if evil is is enormously diversified both in substance prominent and bold, the forces of goodness and in form. All the educational forces are so too.

and agencies of the day must be included One or two more jottings and I have in it. All literature has a reasonable claim done. One of the most curious instances

too. And certainly the multiplied teachof this want of appreciation of the thoughts ing agencies of Christian churches ought of other people has been furnished in a

not to be excluded. If anything less than recent comparison between Aristotle and

this is meant by modern culture, then Ezekiel. Aristotle, it is said, would be al

the word is used in a non-natural sense ; most perfectly at home in modern life ; Eze

some technical and narrow signification is kiel would find himself in another world. attached to it. The school represented, say, Now, there is no more certain fact than this

, by the Westminster Review or the

Fortnightly that the teachings of Ezekiel's prophecy cannot claim to include the whole compass are potent forces in the lives of multitudes

of modern thinking. If modern culture be of people in England and America to-day. considered under the figure of a circle,

The prophet, if living, would find himself sceptical thought is certainly only a small Tead in thousands of churches, and Id, in

arc of it.

[blocks in formation]

In the fragrant breath of the dewy morning,

Merrily soundeth its woodland song, Catching the light, as if darkness scorning,

In meshes of gold it dances along ;
Over the pebbles, in happy gushes,

The wavelets are hurrying, crystal clear,
And it sings to the child, 'mid the long, tall rushes,

A song that he stops from his play to hear,
And falls asleep in a happy dream,
To the lullaby of the woodland stream.

With a pensive murmur its song is flowing,

When the noonday heat stills the morning breeze, In ripples soft, through the rushes going,

And blends its song with the whispering trees.
To the maiden who sits by its margin, dreaming,

It murmurs the notes of a sweet love-song,
And her face with a smile and a blush is beaming

At the name it breathes as it glides along ;
Till love and thought and fancy seem
Lost in the song of the tireless stream.

In the shades of evening, so fast descending,

Still murmurs the stream to the evening breeze, While the trembling shadows are o'er it bending,

And the dusk steals down from the clustering trees. The old man sits where the shadows quiver

Solemnly over the dusky stream; And he seems to hear, in the tiny river,

The echoes of life's long fevered dream ; And it whispers to him of the mighty sea Whither both are tending—the stream and he.

So, ever rippling, whispering, plashing,

O’er its pebbly bed it murmurs along,
Dark in the shade, in the sunlight flashing,

And ever singing the same low song.
So it sang to the Indian, as there he wandered,

Chasing the deer in its coverts dim ;
Perchance he heard, as he stood and pondered,

The Spirit's voice in its murmur'd hymn.
So it sang till the child grew to white-haired age,
Till the maiden had turned o'er life's last page,
Till her dream had faded in long-dried tears,
And its memory passed with the passing years ;
And still, like Time's river, it ceaseth never,

But, full of Life's present and echoes past,
It seems to sing of the great forever;

Yet it finds its home in the ocean at last,
And hushes its tiny, troubled song
In that mighty music, so grand and strong,
Where all earth's tones seem to mingle calm
In the solemn rhythm of the ocean-psalm.

FIDELIS.

[blocks in formation]

O

[ocr errors]

UR hopes and strength had been changes of clothing, including the " paper

buoyed up through a toilsome Easter collar” and those other little items which Term, and finally through a weary month of tend to complete the ubiquitous “Sunday Examination, by the expectation of that clothes,” while here and there might be long and pleasant excursion which had been seen protruding a ponderous volume of in prospectu for almost a year. The practi- Macaulay, or a less weighty duodecimo concability of the scheme had been first dis- taining the terrific breathings of Huxley or cussed while on an expedition of the same Nicholson, not forgetting the yellow covered character, though of smaller dimensions, at “Shakespeare," or the tin-encased pack of a similar time in the preceding year. Mak- “fifty-twos," wherewith to beguile equally ing a crew of four, we at length determined our critic, our fossil-hunters, or our living that it was quite within the bounds of authority on the drama and whist! Also moderation to attempt what some people encased in a neat tin was our “Chart of might imagine not only perilous, but im- the Lake,” which we were fortunate in propossible, viz., a cruise around Lake Ontario curing before we started, and which, being in an open boat of eighteen feet keel. The perfectly correct, was found a most valuable question naturally arose, “How do we in- assistance while coasting. There was also tend to subsist while on the journey ?” on board a good gun, which, however, as This was finally settled by our determina- game was very scarce, we had little occasion tion to camp on shore each night, and to use. The saucepan, tin cups and plates, procure provisions sufficient to last until knives and forks, &c., completed the cargo our next landing ; and this method of pro- in the fore part of the boat, not omitting a cedure was afterwards found to be highly few groceries, such as tea, sugar, pepper, and satisfactory.

salt, and also twelve loaves of Toronto All things were at last in readiness to bread, which, when well cared for, keeps start. And here I may be allowed to give a moist for seven days at least; the whole short description of our frail craft, as she being covered completely by a large macleft the dock of her builder, at nine o'clock intosh overcoat. Glancing now towards on the morning of June 29th. She was the stern, we first notice two large valises about 19 feet in length from stem to stern, (water-proof), each containing a change of and belonged to that class of boats known clothing for two; besides ammunition, fishas “Double Luggers"—that is, carrying one ing tackle, and other small items for which square or “lug" sail at the fore, and an- there could be found a place. In the stern other, of nearly the same size, at the main- itself, from beneath the tiller-seat, could be mast. Both masts were capable of removal, seen an iron handle, which being followed and as the sails were made much too large up would ultimately bring you to a fryingfor the size of the boat, they could be pan, light and well-made, and afterwards quickly “reefed,” which reduced their size i known as the “Mainstay of the Republic." about one-fourth. At the bow was the Beside it, and quite out of danger, reposed quarter-decking, under which could easily a good railway globe lantern, for which, be stored that portion of the "stock in as well as the macintosh, we had to trade” which required to be kept dry. thank a friend at home, who, if possible, Of this may be mentioned one good would have gladly accompanied the expedisized tent, the requisite bedding, four large tion. There were also at hand two pairs overcoats, and the valises containing the' of oars, with which we all became very well

[ocr errors]

cry was

acquainted before we again reached home, object in visiting the village was to send since, as the boat was comparatively light, home news of our safe arrival, which was rowing for an hour or two was considered necessitated by the strong blow we had exnothing worse than exercise.

perienced on the trip down. Having sucHaving set sail from Toronto, we deter- ceeded in filling the post-box with our four mined on making the port of Whitby as postal-cards (of which we had laid in a soon as possible, and the prospects were plentiful supply), and in purchasing a few that we should arrive about noon, as we luxuries in the shape of beef-steaks and were sailing under a fair wind. But off strawberries, we retraced our weary steps Scarboro' Heights we were for half an hour campwards, and were soon wrapped in the becalmed, and then the breeze freshening gentle arms of Morpheus. suddenly, compelled us to take, for the first The expectations we had formed as to time, to the reefs. As the wind still increased, sleeping under canvas were more than realwe sailed under the reefed foresail very com- ized, for, notwithstanding the novelty to fortably, and without incident, until off most of us, we could not have slept better Frenchman's Bay, when, hunger making its had we been at home. As long as we kept appearance, we fell to the small lunch which ourselves perfectly dry, there was not the had been happily prepared at home, and slightest trouble to fear from the cool night which was now none the less happily dis- air; and as we always took the precaution to posed of.

As we had been sailing during spread on the ground the sails of the boat, this performance, we were now in sight of and over these the macintosh, covered our port, which we made about one o'clock, finally with our great coats, the danger from and soon succeeded in pitching our tent on that quarter was entirely obviated ; and hapa strip of land separating the harbour from pening at Whitby to strike on a fine piece of the Lake. And now the

dinner,” tenting, our first night's experience was and for dinner we quickly prepared ; and highly satisfactory. here we made our first, and, as it proved, Our original plan had been to rise always very auspicious forage, for at the first farm with the sun, and set sail as early as possihouse at which we arrived we were luxu- ble, in order to take advantage of the fine, riously regaled with milk, and sent on our soft land breezes, lasting from about eight way rejoicing at the thoughts of a dozen o'clock in the evening till that time in the fried eggs and a few slices of that fine ham morning. We followed out this plan at which we had brought from home. Before Whitby, but I am sorry to say that as each the foragers arrived at camp, our cooks had succeeding day added its length to our the tea made and the ham almost fried. Ilog, we became more and more negligent say "our cooks,” for we seemed to have come in this respect. Having taken farewell of to the tacit understanding that two should Whitby, we intended, if possible, making act as foragers, while the other two should Bowmanville harbour on the next run. At attend to the culinary department. Thus, first, the wind being light, we hardly ex® with the ham and eggs, together with well. pected to do so, but towards noon the made (?) tea, milk, and bread, we made, as breeze rose considerably, and enabled us each confessed, a grander meal than we had very easily to pass the port of Oshawa ; and, ever made before. Then came the question rounding Raby Head, the highest piece of as to washing the dishes. This we ac- headland we met during the cruise, to come complished—turns being taken each day, in to Port Darlington, by which and the operation taking place at the close the harbour of Bowmanville is known. The of each repast.

wind continuing fair, it was thought advisAs we wished to visit Whitby, we agreed able to take advantage of it, and proceed on to stop here over-night, and in the cool of our cruise, which we did, until off Newcasthe evening to walk to the town, a distance tle, when the sea became so high that we of two miles; so, after tea and a plunge into concluded to run for shore and have dinner. the Lake, we set out for town at about We were not very fortunate in obtaining a seven o'clock; while one remained to take camping place, as the harbour itself, above care of the camp, as he stated,—in reality to the wharves, is lined with marsh on both have a sound sleep, in which state we found sides, so we were compelled to row back him on returning at ten o'clock. Our chief | along the shore of the lake for a short dis

name

tance, where, in the face of a very high surf, the dead of night, our craft experienced this we ran on the beach, and succeeded, though test of her stoutness. When we awakened not without some difficulty, in obtaining a in the morning we found that, apparently, fair landing. We, that is, the half of the each great wave of the swell caused by the crew known as the “foragers”—then set off steamer had dashed the bow of the boat for something of a substantial nature, while against the woodwork of the dock, and that the “ cooks prepared what we had on hand the front piece was knocked off

, leaving the already. After looking in vain for Newcas- framework of the keel altogether bare, so tle, we were at last rewarded by the sight that we expected she would leak, and cause of a tavern, near the dock, to which we a homeward turn to our trip already. We instantly repaired. At this port we saw the at length recovered the piece which had remains of the ill-fated Sphinx, lying at ease been broken off, floating near the end of the in the harbour, completely rigged, and look dock, and also found that she did not leak ing quite seaworthy, if she had never been at the injured spot after all; so that the so before ; so much so that we would have breakage only proved a matter of defacing gladly exchanged our craft for her. After her personal beauty, and perhaps a slight procuring some good cheese and miserable decrease of her speed. After breakfast a crackers at the inn, we returned to obtain start was made for Port Hope, which could relief from the ham and a few eggs, off which, only be reached by rowing, as we deemed it with our cheese and tea, we made a first- inadvisable to strain the boat by sailing till, class dinner. Not intending to stop in so with the assistance of a boat-builder, we had barren a district, we had not pitched our discovered her real injuries. After a very tent, but had hastily constructed with the pleasant row of two hours we arrived, at sails a small awning in one of the fence cor- about 8 o'clock, and pitched a temporary ners, under which we could comfortably camp at the bottom of the cliff, on the shore, enjoy our noon-day siesta. After whiling about one mile east of the harbour.

It was away the remainder of the afternoon with agreed that the “chief cook” and myself Shakespeare and a hand or two at euchre, should take the boat into the harbour and finally by an apology for a supper, we for repairs. This we set about doing, thought it high time, as the sea had suffi- and were soon “steaming” up that narciently abated to permit a launch of the row strip of water which flows through boat, to proceed on our way, which we did the town, being greeted here and there about six o'clock, knowing that we could with the cry of "Where's the beak_of easily inake Port Granby, the port of New- that boat?” or “Cobourg Lobsters !” The tonville, in an hour or two. It was on this meaning of the last remark we have not trip that sickness first appeared in the person yet been able to discover, but we attributed of one half of our foraging party, but being it to the rivalry subsisting between these only a slight affair, he soon recovered enough brotherly towns. to join in the chorus around the camp fire, After a good deal of trouble (it being Doas well as the grand chorus around the din minion Day, and every one enjoying them. ner table.

selves), we found the only boat-builder of Hitherto our craft had been leaking which the town could boast. After eyeing our slightly, and we attempted to remedy this hulk, he thought he could patch her up in two after landing at Port Granby, by sinking or three hours, which turned out to mean six. her in about three feet of water near the However, he made a good strong job, and one end of the dock, in order to close up any with which we were entirely satisfied. A few seams that may have been started by allow- hours were spent “doing the town," by the ing her to stand for some time in the sun. end of which time we expected the boat would After filling her with water, and tying her be finished; but this not being the case, we securely to the dock, we went to bed ex- marched homewards—that is, campwardspecting to find in the morning our boat en- laden with provisions, and perspiring very tirely recovered from her indisposition. But freely. After dinner the “ assistant cook alas ! we had forgotten one essential point, and“ forager” were despatched to bring that the mail steamer passed along in the home the boat, but they were so long demorning not far from shore, sending quite tained that it was nearly dusk before we a swell towards the beach. Unhappily, in started for Cobourg. Soon after leaving,

« AnteriorContinua »