The vessel was soon under weigh, and for some time the sky was bright, and the wind was fair. When they reached the Baltic Sea a storm came on, the wind raged furiously, all hands were employed to save the vessel. But the storm increased, and the captain thought all would be lost. While things were in this state the little sailor boy was missing. One of the crew told the captain he was down in the cabin. When sent for he came up with his Testament in his hand and asked the captain if he might read. His request was granted. He then knelt down and read the sixtieth and sixty-first Psalms. While he was reading the wind began to abate, (the storms in the Baltic abate as suddenly as they come on.) The captain was much moved, and said he believed the boy’s reading was heard in Heaven.
OR, HONESTY REWARDED.
At St. Petersburg, the birth day of any of the royal family is observed as a time of great festivity, by all kinds of diversions. When the vessel in which John Read shipped arrived, he was allowed to go on shore to see the sport on that occasion. In one of the sleighs was a lady, who at the moment of passing him lost a bracelet from her arm, which fell on the snow. John hastened forward to pick it up, at the same time calling after the lady, who was beyond the sound of his voice. He then put the bracelet into his pocket, and when he had seen enough of the sport, went back to the ship.
John told the captain all about it, showing him the prize which he had found.
“Well, Jack,” said the captain, “you are fortunate enough—these are all diamonds of great value—when we get to the next port I will sell it for you.” “But,” said John, “It’s not mine, it belongs to the lady, and I cannot sell it.” The captain replied “O, you cannot find the lady, and you picked it up. It is your own.” But John persisted it was not his. “Nonsense, my boy,” said the captain, “it belongs to you.” John then replied—“But if we have another storm in the Baltic,” (see story preceding.) “Ah me,” said the Captain, “I forgot all about that, Jack. I will go on shore with you to-morrow and try to find the owner.” They did so; and after much trouble, found it belonged to a nobleman’s, lady, and as a reward for the boy’s honesty, she gave him eighty pounds English money. John’s next difficulty was what to do with it. The captain advised him to lay it out in hides, which would be valuable in England. He did so, and on arriving at Hull, they brought one hundred and fifty pounds.
John had not forgotten his mother. The captain gave him leave of absence for a time, and taking a portion of his money with him, he started for his native village. When he arrived there, he made his way to her house with a beating heart. Each object told him it was home, and brought bygone days to his mind. On coming to the house he saw it was closed. He thought she might be dead; and