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EXTRAORDINARY FREAK OF A CAPTAIN.

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EXTRAORDINARY FREAK OF A CAPTAIN. A Bristol contemporary is responsible for the following story :-The fine barque Us'" built in Bristol three years ago, and owned by Mr. Thomas Benyon, Dock-street, left Swansea for Calckra, with coals, towards the end of April last. After being a short time out, Captain Ma- thias, the master, put back to Newport, and the owner had the vessel thoroughly re-caulked and re-metalled. She proceeded to sea from Newport in May, and, after a fine passage, reached Falkland Islands, having been 59 days out, and Cape Horn in 62 days. Here a gale came on, which rapidly increased to a hurricane, and threatened the ship every instant with total destruction. She stood beating about to the southward of the Cipe, and, at length, the captain walked aft and up with the wheel," telling the men to wear the ship." The mate was then asleep below, and the crew of course judged that the object of this must have been to get out of the hurricane and into smooth water to the eastward of the Cape. They aoon found that the ship was speeding along in the direction of Falk- land Islands. This also gave satisfaction. But Falk- land. Islands were passed, and the ship still proceeded on her course leaving the Cape far behind. The mate then came aft and asked Captain Mathias where he was taking the ship, and why he neither took her into a place of shelter, nor prcsecutei the voyage to Caldera. Captain Mathias toid him that." God Almighty had come into his cabin and ordered him to take the ship-back to New- port, threatening him that if he took her on her voyage the ship and all her crew should be destroyed." He added that a mystery hung over th& matter which should never be revealed, but that the vision appeared to him on the occasion of the hurricane off Cape Ham, and such being the will of the Almighty, he should not place himself in opposition to it for the sake of the owner, the ship, or anything else." The mate remonstrated with the -captain with some firmness. He said, "Consider the serious loss you will cause the owner by pursuing this course." And williDg at any rate to save the owners, be went further, and proposed that Captain Mathias should go ashore, leaving him, or putting some one else on board to take command and prosecute the voyage. Captain Alathias immcdiatel-, said, "When my command of this ship is taken from n:e, take a knife and stab me with it till I die. It cuts me to the heart to take the ship home, and perhaps ruin the owners, but such being the will of God, I cannot disobey it for the sake of man." The mate appeaLd to the crew, but they said that they saw nothing the matter with the captaiUj and they therefore thought it was their duty to continue to obey him. Consequently he ceased all opposition to the captain's will, and the Usk continued her passage home, safe and sound from top to bottom, her captain apparently happy and free from all care, and devoting his lisure hours to the conversion of his crew. Prayers were held every evening at seven, and from that till nine none were allowed to enter-his cabin. Newport and Newport Docks were seached safely on Tuesday evening, and, as may be supposed, this extraordinary tale was repeated with a thousand exaggerations and additions throughout the town, with the speed of wildfire. Captain Mathias at once proceeded. to Mr. Benyon's residence, and reported his arrival to his amazed owner. Mathias then detailed how the Moit High had entered his cabin and warned him against prosecuting the voyage, telling him that he was to go back straight to Newport, and if no,, the ship and the whole of her crew should perish. Mathias in- sisted upon his statement, the owner listening to the tale as the narration of -some strange dream. The captain, on Wednesday morning, took away, everything belonging to him from the ship. We may. add that the foregoing has been taken entirely from the statements of the mate and the captain themselves, and may be relied upon as the correct version of this extraordinary affair.

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