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(Per Press Association.)

CHRISTCHURCH, February. 25. The Hon. R. H. Rhodes, Minister in charge of Tourist and iTealth liesorts, yesterday afternoon received the following telegram from Mr B. M. Wilson, manager of the Tourist Department, who is on his way from the Hermitage to tiie West Coast, via Copland Pass, as follows : — " I regret to inform you that I fear a serious accident has occurred on Mount Cook. An English climber, JUr S. L. King, with Guides Thompson and Richmond, left on Friday afternoon to climb Mount Cook from Tasman side. They were seen on the summit at noon on Thursday by Messrs Turner and Dennistoun, who were at the Baast bivouas and who were up at Glacier Dome at 4 p.m. looking for_them. Their, steps dowp again were picked up that evening hy three climbing from the "Hooker side of Mount Cook, Mr ' Friend; and Guides Conrad Kane and Brass. " 'ihis party followed tlio track until it was obliterated by a huge avalanche which came off the overhanging ice-wall on the Linda ' Glacier, between the Silberhorn and Teicholmann Peaks. The glacier is very broken here, and if the party was caught they would be swept into a crevasse and never be seen again. Mr r - > Friend's party readied - s the bivouac at 2.30 p.m., when Messrs 'burner and Dennistoun were propos-

ing to start, but on finding no trace Mr King and his guides they .became alarmed and reported on their arrival, at the Hermitage. ■ "Our Guide Graham was with me at the Hooker Hut last night going to Copland, when two guides came from the Hernniage with news that Thompson's party had not. returned. Graham immediately returned to the Hermitage in dreadful wea^ ther, and left at daylight with four guides and, Conrad Kane to searcih for the party, but neither Graham nor Kane hold out any hope of finding the missing men. If I have further news to report I will telegraph ' you to-night."

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AVALANCHE ON MOUNT COOK., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 25 February 1914

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AVALANCHE ON MOUNT COOK. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 25 February 1914

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