ONCE upon a time, hundreds of years ago, a strange-looking ship was sailing slowly on the great sea. The ship was heavily laden with soda, and had been out a long time.
The sailors were tired of the tossing of the great sea, and longed for the quiet land.
Suddenly across the waves, a speck was seen. Surely, that must be land!
A moment later, the cry "It is land" was heard from every sailor.
Soon the eager men landed and hastened to collect sticks for a fire. All were anxious to cook a dinner on the land.
The fire was started and the kettle brought. But they could find nothing with which to prop it. No stones were to be found.
What were they to do? Give it up? No, a thousand times no!
"Bring some of the lumps of soda," called the captain. Soon the dinner was cooking nicely; but stop; what was the trouble?