National Geographic : 1918 Apr
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © Burnell Poole A SHORT CUT TO THE STAGES What's the use of climbing a hawser all the way up and over the side when you can climb in by the anchor-chain route? from France for their religion. They found congenial homes in Virginia, ar riving in 1714. Jean de la Fontaine, a man of parts, holding high position in France, became a convert to Huguenot preaching. He was hated because of his holy zeal, and his son tells us he was foully murdered, and piously exclaims in his biography: "O, my children, let us never forget that the blood of martyrs flows in our veins, and may God, of His infinite mercy, grant that the remembrance of it may en liven our faith, so that we may prove not unworthy scions of so noble a stock." That prayer was answered in Maury's life. His pious father read the Scrip tures to his children daily, and Maury's memory was so perfect that all his life he was able to quote from the Bible and give chapter and verse as if the Word were before him. As a young naval officer, writing to his brother, Maury said: "Learn your duties, Dick, from the Bible. There you have them laid down in example, law, and pre cept." May we not learn the secret of his greatness in such ancestry and such pious training which burgeoned into such wise counsel! And may we not in this day of appeals to economy and conservation learn from Maury, who, on an income of $19 a month, supported himself and regularly sent one-half of his navy pay to his sis ter? And may not lovers find in him a kindred spirit when they recall that, when he became engaged, Maury gave his affianced a little seal to be used in writing to him, bearing for the inscrip tion the simple word "Mizpah" ("The Lord watch between thee and me when we are absent one from the other"). Upon Maury's first long voyage, his ship visited the Island of Nukahiva, one of the Marquesas group, where he nar rowly escaped becoming the crown prince. Just before the last war between the United States and England, Maury's brother, John. and six men had been put 331.