ship with such force, that she seemed every moment in danger of being shattered into fragments.
If there had been a violent gale of wind, all must have been inevitably lost.
The passengers were generally in a state of extreme terror.
Screams and groans were heard in every direction.
But Friend Hopper
's mind was preserved in a state of great equanimity.
He entreated the people to be quiet, and try to keep possession of their faculties, that they might be ready to do whatever was best, in case of emergency.
Seeing him so calm, they gathered closely round him, as if they thought he had some power to save them.
There was a naval officer on board, whose frenzied state of feeling vented itself in blasphemous language.
, who was always disturbed by irreverent use of the name of Deity, was peculiarly shocked by it under these solemn circumstances.
He walked up to the officer, put his hand on his shoulder, and, looking him in the face, said, ‘From what I have heard of thy military exploits, I supposed thou wert a brave man; but here thou art pouring forth blasphemies, to keep up the appearance of courage, while thy pale face and quivering lips show that thou art in mortal fear.
I am ashamed of thee.
If thou hast no reverence for Deity thyself, thou shouldst show some regard for the feelings of those who have.’
The officer ceased swearing, and treated his adviser with marked res