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For the Christian Intelligencer

THE DRIFT-BOAT ON THE ATLANTIC

  We had experienced rough weather for several days, and had been slightly damaged in sprung bowsprit, loss of main-topmast, and tattered sails, during a violent thunder-storm; but nothing more serious had occurred.  By the way, a thunder-storm at sea is truly a sublime spectacle; and if you have nerve enough to keep calm, with firm confidence in Him who rides upon the wind, who rules the stormy deep, you may call it grand, and enjoy it as a display of his Almighty power.  I can say, I did so enjoy it; and while my frail nature, like that of others, trembled somewhat in the blast, nevertheless, night found me still clinging to the rigging, unwilling to lose sight of such unwonted splendor. 
  One feels, in such circumstances, nearer to the Almighty, if I may so speak, than upon land.  Here are many places of shelter and security, to which we can betake ourselves; out there you feel that you are really out at sea.  The bounding vessel under you, as she rides and falls, with the heaving of the mighty billows plunging on and on, while shivering in her timbers and laboring in the storm, makes you feel that there is truly "but a step between you and death."  I wonder how seamen, or those who go down to the sea in ships, "who see his wonders in the deep, and are often at their wits' end," can be wicked or even thoughtless; but habit is a powerful thing, and my own experience of comparative security, after passing through sundry tempests, accounts for it -- we get used to it.  But after a while, we had presented to us evidence that the recent gale had not passed over so harmlessly with other voyages, in the broken spars, and other ship furniture that met our view, as we went on our course.  
  Casting our eyes over the now placid deep, there appeared in the distance an object that roused our curiosity; as almost anything will that breaks the monotony of a long voyage.  It seemed, at first sight, of the size of a man's hat, and which some supposed it to be.  But gradually nearing it, we discovered it to be a small boat gracefully gliding along upon the slightly undulating waves.  There were painful apprehensions mingling with our curiosity, as we gazed upon the little lone craft; and our imaginations readily associated with it, shipwreck, loss of life, &c, &c, especially as we had already seen indications of some serious disaster.  As it was an excellent boat, our captain determined on making efforts to secure it.  For this purpose our ship bore towards it, and, when near enough, was hove to, so that its progress might be checked as much as possible.  Our second mate, a noble, daring fellow proposed a plan of capture, which was speedily adopted with promise of success. He had a rope tied round his body, which was to be paid out as circumstances might warrant, and when the ship bore up so near as to give a chance of reaching it, he plunged into the sea, and swam nimbly toward it; but though he used every effort he failed, just as he was on the point of laying hold of it, and was hauled in, considerably exhausted by the attempt.  But he was not one easily disposed to give it up.  So, nothing daunted by his ill luck, he prepared for another spring and effort, which the captain as readily granted; while the excitement on board rose with the difficulty of capture.  Sanguine of success, and cheered by the interest now awakened in him, when the vessel was again brought to bear toward it, he leaped once more courageously into the deep, and to the joy of all finally succeeded in taking hold of the gunwale of the boat.  Now we thought the prize secure, and as the painter hung over the bow with apparently something attached to it, which partially bore it down, we were in hopes that there was, or might be, in that circumstance, a clue to discoveries we were anxious to make, as well as secure the boat.  But alas!for all our hopes; we were doomed to disap
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able to hold on until he and the boat were hauled along-side of the ship, he made an effort to get inside of the boat; but in the struggle, he unfortunately lost his hold, and all attempts to seize it again were fruitless; and we were obliged to pull him in perfectly exhausted.  To the regret of all, the attempt was abandoned; and we went on our way leaving the mysterious littte stranger in its Atlantic solitude. 
  It is not easy for those who never "go down to the sea in ships" to conceive the intent which such incidents create at sea; where there is so little variety to break the monotony of a tedious voyage, and arouse the dormant faculties into play : but our thoughts dwelt long upon that little boat, and the mournful scenes, perchance, connected with its history, ere it was left alone to tell of some disaster that had no other chronicler; like some hapless adventurer worn out and wasted by disease and fatigue, left by his sorrowing companions in some desert spot, to breathe out his spirit, while they advance with difficulty, peradventure, to meet a similar fate. 
  And thus it does often happen, in the voyage of human life, that we find some trim youth, who has been nursed in the lap of luxury, and furnished with a superabundance of riches, by the storm and tempest of unruly passions cut off from his kindred and home; launching out upon the sea of pleasure, to dash free and heedless into scenes of dissipation and vice, that endanger both the body and the soul; and peradventure, cast a moral wreck upon a shoreless eternity!  And though every effort is put forth that affection can employ, to restore him to the paths of sobriety and virtue, he clings still closer and closer to what ensures his ruin, until he is as unable to resist, as he is to escape from a fearful doom. 
  We would, therefore, from this incident, of the abandoned little beauty of the deep, warn the young voyager to beware of those destructive tempests which weep across the sea of life, that he not lose his hold of those virtuous principles which guide his bark in safety to the haven of rest; lest God, provoked by his vicious indulgences, give him up, and say to all attempts of the most affectionate friendship to reclaim him from the errors of his ways:  "He is joined to his idols, let him alone!"  On the other hand, let him give heed to--
  "That wondrous book! bright candle of the Lord!
  Star of eternity! the only star
  By which his slender bark can navigate
  The sea of life, and gain the coast of bliss securely." 
South Easton, N.Y.           P.G.
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TOMATOES.--This delicious, wholesome vegetable is spoiled by the manner it is served upon the table.  It is not one time in a hundred more than half cooked.  It is simply scalded, and served as a sour porridge.  It should be cooked three hours--it cannot be cooked in one.  The fruit should be cut in halves and the seeds scraped out.  The mucilage of the pulp may be saved if desired by straining out the seeds, and adding it to the fruit, which should boil rapidly for an hour, and simmer three hours more until the water is dissolved, and the contents of the sauce-pan a pulp of mucilaginous matter, which is much improved by putting in the pan, either before putting in the fruit or while it is cooking, an ounce of butter and half a pound of fat bacon cut fine, to half a peck of tomatoes and a small pepper pod, with salt to suit the taste.  The fat adds a pleasant flavor, and makes the dish [[unreadable due to page being cut off]] ctual food, instead of a mere relish.  The pan must be [[unreadable due to page being cut off]] e carefully watched and but little fire used, and the [[unreadable due to page being cut off]] ass stirred often to prevent burning, toward the [[unreadable due to page being cut off]]st, when the water is nearly all evaporated.  The [[unreadable due to page being cut off]]sh may be rendered still more attractive and rich as [[unreadable due to page being cut off]]od by breaking in two or three eggs, and stirring [[unreadable due to page being cut off]]gorously just time enough to allow the eggs to be- [[unreadable due to page being cut off]]me well cooked. 
  Tomatoes, thoroughly cooked, may be put in tight 
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Remains of Sir John Franklin.
We find in the Eastern papers the letter of Dr. Rae to Sir George Simpson, dated at York Factory, Aug. 4, 1854, from which we copy so much as is essential. York Factory, from whence he writes, is situated at the mouth of Hayes river in Hudson Bay, in about 56 deg, north latitude, and 93 deg. west longitude. After relating some of the events of his journey, up to the time of the discovery of the remains of sir John Franklin, he proceeded as follows: On the 31st March my spring journey commenced, but in consequence of gales and winds, deep and soft snow, and foggy weather, we made but very little progress. We did not enter Pelly Bay until the 17th. At this place we met with Esquimaux, one of whom, on being asked if he ever saw white people, replied in the negative, but said that a large party - at least forty persons - had perished from want of food, some 10 or 12 days' journey to the westward. The substance of the information, obtained at various places and from various sources, was a follows:
In the spring, four winters past - spring of 1850 - a party of white men, amounting to about 40, were seen traveling southward over the ice, and dragging a boat with them, by some Esquimaux who were killing seals on the north shore of King William's Land, which is a large island named Kei-ik-tax, by the Esquimaux. None of the party could, speak the native language intelligibly, but, by signs, the natives were made to understand that their ships or ship had been crushed by ice, and that the "whites" were now going to where they expected to find deer to shoot. From the appearance of the men, all of whom, except one officer - chief -looked thin, they were then supposed to be getting short of provisions, and they purchased a small seal from the natives. 
At a later date, the same season, but previous to the disruption of the ice, the bodies of about thirty white persons, were discovered on the continent, and five on an island near it, about a long day's journey - say 35 or 40 miles - to the N. W. of a large stream, which can be no other than Back's Great Fish River - named by the Esquimaux, Ont-koo-hi-ca-lik - as its description, and that of of the low shore in the neighborhood of Point Ogle and Montreal Island agree exactly with that of Sir George Back. Some of the bodies have been buried - probably those of the first victims of famine - some were in a tent or tents, others under a boat that had been turned over to form a shelter, and several lay scattered about in different directions. Of those found on the island, one was supposed to have been an officers, as he had a telescope strapped over his shoulder, and his double-barreled gun lay underneath him.
From the mutilated state of many of the corpses and the contents of the kettles, it is evident that our miserable countrymen had been driven to the last resource - cannibalism - as a means of prolonging life.
There appears to have been an abundant stock of ammunition, as the powder was emptied in a heap on the ground by the natives, one of the kegs or cases containing it, and a quantity of ball and shot was found below high water mark, having been left on the ice close to the beach. There must have been a number of watches, telescopes, compasses, guns, (several double barreled,) &c., all of which appear to have been broken up, as I saw pieces of these different articles with the Esquimaux, and, together with some silver spoons and forks, purchased as many as I could obtain. A list of the most important of these I enclose, with a rough pen and ink sketch of the crests and initials on the forks and spoons. The articles themselves shall be handed over to the Secretary of the Hon. H. B. & Co., on my arrival in London.
None of the Esquimaux with whom I conversed had seen the "whites," nor had they ever been at the place where the dead was found; but had their information from those who had been there, and those who had seen the party when alive. 
The list of the articles includes silver forks and spoons or small silver plate, engraved "Sir John Franklin K. C. B.," a silver star with marks, and also a number of other things of minor importance, as they have no particular marks by which they could be recognized but which, along with those above named, shall be hadded over to the Secretary of the Hudson's Bay Company. 
JOHN RAE, C.F.
Repulse Bay, July, 1854.
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Sir John Franklin.
We give on our outside page this morning, Dr. Rae's letter to Sir George Simpson, Governor of the Hudson's Bay Territory, giving the information he derived from the Esquimaux relating to the fate of Sir John Franklin and his party. There remains no reasonable doubt that they perished by that most cruel of all deaths - starvation, to which appear to have been added the horrors of cannibalism. Dr. Rae makes no mention of his efforts to reach the spot where their bodies are reported to have been discovered. His silence on this subject leads us to suppose that he made none. Whether he thought the period which had elapsed since the discovery of their bodies was such as to render all further search useless, or whether his offic[[unreadable due to page being cut off]] business made it impossible for him to devote the time it would have required to visit the spot, we are not informed; and we are not prepared to express an opinion. It as certainly his duty to leave nothing undone which tended to clear up the mystery which has so long enveloped the fate of this brave and unfortunate explorer.
A friend has been kind enough to furnish us with a map, showing the late discoveries in the Arctic regions and the spot where the remains of Sir John Franklin were discovered. We shall perhaps be [[unreadable due to page fold]] to give it to-morrow.
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The Family Bearings of Sir John Franklin and Others Identified.
BALTIMORE, Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The English book of Heraldry describes the crest of Sir JOHN FRANKLIN as precisely like that described by Dr. RAE, in number five, and number four, as the crest and motto exactly of Lieut. FAIRHOLME, of the Expedition. The initials on one of the forks, H.D.S.G., are evidently those of Assistant Surgeon, H.D.S.GOODSIDE, and that of A. McD. those of Surgeon A. McDONALD.
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