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STORMS AND SHIPWRECKS AT HOME AND ABROAD. The thirtieth annual report of the Shipwrecked Fisher- men and Mariners' Royal Benevolent Society gives in a very condensed narrative a full statement of the steward- ship of its almoners. From the report itself we naturally turn to the history and -progress of the institution, which appears to have been established in 1839 for the purpose, among others, of "boarding, lodging, clothing, and for- con'; warding to their homes, or their nearest consuls, if foreigners, all wreckej seamen, soldiers, or other poor persons of all nations cast destitute upon the coasts." TTiat such an object was in every respect worthy the kindest consideration of the public needed little beyond a few authenticated details of shipwrecks to commend it to their notice. But the founders of this institution could never have anticipated such a fearful revelation as the hitherto unchronicled disasters at sea made known. What inference (for example) is to be drawn from the fact that the number of shipwrecks exceeds 5,000 per annum? That in the year 1868 no less than 6,648 shipwrecked mariners were relieved and forwarded to their respective homes. Among this number were the crews of vessel from America, Austria, Belgium, British American Colonies, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, Nor. way, and Prussia. That relief has, during the same year, been given to 4,236 widows, orphans, and aged parents of shipwrecked husbands, fathers, and sons, thus completing a total relief to 10,884 persons in a single year. Moreover, as a crowning testimony to the value of this society, 182,312 fellow-creatnres have, in the depth of their dis- tress, experienced the heaven-sent benevolence of human agency in the cause of the fatherless and the widow. Now we are sure that an institution which has such ramifica- tions as a force of 865 honorary agents to dispense its charity, must stand in need of further help itself from all who have the heart and the means to give. For no other source of charity could a stronger appeal be made than for the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, after having enu- merated what it has already done, what it is still doing, and what we have a just right to expect it will continue to do. Great objects, we know, are achieved by the co- operation of individual agencies, and no better illustration can be given than that which is summed up in the history of this society. Yet, as their Teport justly urges, The wants of the poor shipwrecked mariner are always urgent, and that this society not only represents the nation's care for its own seamen, but it is also the representative of its hospitality to the helpless stranger cast upon its ooast." What English family, we ask, will, after this, need a fur- ther appeal for co-operative assistance in fulfilling at the same time a national, an individual, and a religious obliga- tion ?-The Age We Live In, December 11, 1869. We may also add that contributions will be thankfully received by Mr Thomas Jones the representative of the institution at Aberystwyth.

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