Sir Humphrey Gilbert
ORE than three hundred years ago there lived in England
a brave man whose name was Sir
Hum-phrey Gil-bert. At that time there were no white people in this country of ours. The
land was cov-ered with forests; and where there are now
great cities and fine farms there were only trees and
swamps among which roamed wild In-di-ans and wild beasts.
Sir Hum-phrey Gilbert was one of the first men who tried to
make a set-tle-ment in A-mer-i-ca. Twice did he bring men
and ships over the sea, and twice did he fail, and sail back
for England. The second time, he was on a little ship
called the "Squirrel." Another ship, called the "Golden
Hind," was not far away. When they were three days from
land, the wind failed, and the ships lay floating on the
waves. Then at night the air grew very cold.
A breeze sprang up from the east. Great white
ice-bergs came drifting around them. In the morning the
little ships were almost lost among the floating mountains
of ice. The men on the "Hind" saw Sir Humphrey sitting
on the deck of the "Squirrel" with an open book in his
hand. He called to them and said,—
"Be brave, my friends! We are as near heaven on the sea as
on the land."
Night came again. It was a stormy night, with mist and rain.
All at once the men on the "Hind"
saw the lights on board of the "Squirrel" go out.
The little vessel, with brave Sir Humphrey and all
his brave men, was
swal-lowed up by the waves.