Chuck Full Of The Bible

NOT long ago we heard a letter to the youth

in a Sabbath School read, in which the writer

told of a good boy who went to sea, perhaps

was the cabin-boy. One of the counsels

which his pious mother gave him when he left

home was, "Never take a drop of rum."

The sailors used strong drink every day, and

several times each day. When it stormed, they

thought they must use it more freely to keep

from taking cold. So they offered it to the

boy, for the same reason they drank it 

themselves; but he refused to drink. During a

 severe storm, when they were all very wet, 

they urged the lad very hard to drink. They were

afraid that he would take cold and die. But

he declared that he would not. Finally, one

of the sailors, who had never tried his hand at

making the little temperance hero drink, said

that he knew he could make him take a dram.

So he went to the brave lad, and did his best

to induce him to take a little, but he would

not touch a drop. He told the old sailor of

his mother's counsel, "Never drink a drop of

rum," and he quoted scripture to show that he

was doing right, for he had been a good Sabbath

School scholar. The sailor never heard

so much Bible in his life, scarcely, as the little

fellow poured in his ear. All he could reply

was, "Your mother never stood watch on

deck." He gave it up, however, as a bad job,

and went back to his post. On being asked

how he succeeded, "0!" said he, "you can't

do anything with him, for he is chuck full of