Don't Give Up the Ship
 FRED was talking to his sister one day. He
"Alice, what makes people say, 'Don't give up the ship'?"
Alice said, "I don't know. That's what the teacher said to me yesterday when I thought that I could not get my lesson."
"Yes," said Fred, "and that's what father said to me. I told him I never could learn to write well." He only said, "You must not give up the ship, my boy."
"I haven't any ship to give up," said Alice.
"And what has a ship to do with my writing?" said Fred.
"There must be some story about a ship," Alice said.
"Maybe grandfather would know," said Fred. "Let's ask him."
They found their grandfather writing in the next room. They did not wish to disturb him. They turned to leave the room.
But grandfather looked up just then. He smiled, and laid down his pen.
"Did you want something?" he asked.
 "We wanted to ask you a
question," said Alice. "We want to know why people say, 'Don't give up
"We thought maybe there is a story to it," said Fred.
"Yes, there is," said their grandfather. "And I know a little rhyme that tells the story."
"Could you say it to us?" asked Alice.
"Yes, if I can think of it. Let me see. How does it begin?"
Grandfather leaned his head back in the chair. He shut his eyes for a moment. He was trying to remember.
"Oh, now I remember it!" he said.
Then he said to them these little