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Wild ducks had a lively timg up and down the Northern Wairoa and its tribuaries luet week. Of course there are the uiual exaggerated reports going about of immeoso " bags " etc., but we will only plac'j en record hore an acoount of a thrilling incidant which, cow that it is pnst, is aunusing to nil oxojpt tho chief actors m it, but which may yet aorvo as a solemn warning to them and other too eager sportsman not <o again go duck* shooting on Good Friday, Two young men, one from Kopuro and the other from Dargayillo, wont out together on Good Friday m a boat after duoka. When opposite Graham's Frirn the Kopuruvian landed on a tmall island lately formed th re by the silting up of mud, for the purpose of gutting one or two good Bhote. As he proceeded, however, the mud beoamo sof tor and softer and he sank more and more until at laßt he oould not get along any further, but, alaß 1 neither could ho gel back ! lie hal 10 stick whore he w >a and, horrible to relate, he began graiuu y and Bteadily sinking deeper and deepsr m the soft slimy silt 1 His companion, deeing tho pltgnt he was m, quickly brought tha boat as near as she could be got to the spot, but that waa Borne 15 yards away from the sinking man who was by this time down nearly to his arm pits, and yelling and shouting like a maniac, terror-Btrlokon at the near prospeot of a horrible and disgusting death. The boat's painter would not reach more than quarter of the distance from the boat to the now neatly suffocating man, and not a seoond was to be loat. Qulok as thought the Dargavllle man had aefgid tho two paddles— Q»e la e>»oh hand — and throwing himself out of tha bjat on to bis side he rolled on the mud to where his friend was. Theu, placing one paddle under etch arm of the sinking man, hicasalf lying at full length on the soft suifaoe, tho downward movement of the Kopuruvian was arrested, but all efforts to raise htm were worse than fruitless j the quieter he remained, m faot, the better ho kept his poaltlon. An hour or more of agonising suspense passed with both sportsmon'ln this pulnfal position and It seemed to them a lifetime, but as the tide was rising, they hid hopes of soon being able to bring their boat nearer and so to got a purohase to lift by j but what was their dismay when they presently saw tho boat, which had till then been held only by tho painter paitially sunk m the soft mud, afloat und quietly drifting oft up the rivor ! Then, at loot, all hope for t^e sinking man vanished, nn,d stolid quiet despair took pos^oaaioo of him. Afte; a few minutes more, during whioh both slied many silent but bitter toara, tho doomed man tu,*oing;to his friencl eaid, v F , old boy, 'tis beastly ha d linos to die like this, buriel nlivo ins'udh 1" " I'm nwfully sorry, dear o'd T-— , but what can I do for you ? Ie there any message, -or anything, you'd like to Bend V" " Yes, there ia," said Tt-,—,. » Will you please tell m not to bother about mourning or anything of that sort, tell her,— tell hor that— after all— perhaps "—but sobs ohoked farther utterance for a time. "Don't go on like that, T ," gulped out F— — , " try and think of something elso ; wouldn't you llko, during the few momonts loft, to »ay a prayer or two ?' T' nooded, turned his head away, cloned his eyea, and his lips which wore just above mud level, moved as if In Bilent prayer* Then opening his eyes again, and glunclog d >wn the river ho suddenly exclaimed — " Hang It all, V , Hooray? Thero'a a boat oomlng roond the oorner 1 ira saved! I'm saved ! I— "Northern Advertiser."

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A DUCK-SHOOTING ADVENVURE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2130, 9 May 1889

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A DUCK-SHOOTING ADVENVURE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2130, 9 May 1889