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DREADFUL DISASTER AT SEA.— 194 LIVES LOST.

The American papers give accounts of the foundering of the steamship North America while on the passage from New Orleans to New York, ishe had on board 203 sick soldiers, 12 cabin passengers, and a crew of 44 men. She left New Orleans on December 16, and up to the 20th fine weather was experienced. On that day a gale set in, and the ship sprung a leak. The gale continned. "• n the 23rd," writes the surgeon in charge of the invalids, "the pumps failed to keep her clear, and it then first became apparent that the vessel must go down, and her course wa9 changed landward. There wa9 but one sail in sight, and about ten miles to leeward. The colours were raised at half-mast, and a sail passed beneath her bows — all to no effect. The leak had now become frightful. At two p.m. we reached the vessel in which lay all our hopes, which proved to be the Mary E. Libby, of Portland, homeward bound from Cardenas, she having observed our signal, and stood by for our relief. As if to make our misfortune more complete, the water now reached the fires, extinguishing them, and rendering our vessel unmanageable, and the sea still running high the vessels drifted together, and collided, tearing up the cathead of the Libby, which then drifted beyond some distance to the seaward. The boats were now our only resource, and were lowered away, one by one, seven in number, without accident, except the sixth, in which was Purser Charles Putt it and B. D. Walker, hospital steward, U S.A which did not reach the bnrqne, and wng probably lost, as it was only with the greatest skill that any reached ihe Libby, now six miles distant. Captain Marxhman, with the first and second officers, were the last to leave the ship at' 6.30 p.m. His boat was filled, and one man lost overboard, but by almost superhuman exertion the boat was baled and the man recovered. The next morning the Libby, having in a measure repaired damages, wore roand to the place of disaster, but naught was seen save a floating boat, telling too plainly of the fate of Purser Pettit and his companions. Her lights went out suddenly at 1.45 a.m. of the 23rd, at which time she was supposed to have gone down. We had now to review our situation We were still south of Savannah, and 140 miles east. Captain Libby at once made a master of his men and stores, which were found sadly disproportioned, especially the water. All hands Went cheerfully on allow ance. On >^nday, iDeeember 25, spoke the brig Ellen P. Htewart, of and bound to Philadelphia, who relieved us of fourteen mm, and supplied us with a cask of water. Thursday, 23— Spoke steamer Arago, from Port Royal, off Absecon Light, and all went on board for New York, which we made at 1 1 p.ni , December 29." Captain Marshman reports as follows : — •' 7 p.m.— Ship settling fast, having twelve feet of water in her hold. Prepared our last boat. 7.30 p m. — Finding it impossible for any more boats to return to the steamer that night, I left ihe ship, taking with me my flrat and second officers and eight men. 9 p.m. — Arrived on board the barque, hoisted the boats on deck for the night, made sail, and proceeded towards the steamer, her lights all in sight, distance about six miles. 1 a.m. — Lights all disappeared suddenly ; we suppose the ship to have gone down at that time. A t daylight, nothing in sight except a water-cask. Mnde all sail, and cruised all round, but did not see anything of the ship." Two of the crew and 192 of the passengers went down with the steamer. ___^^_^^_^_ Lord Palmer stem had, not very long ago, to dictate an answer to a curious application. When he was in Glasgow, I need not say there were great crowds to behold him. One constituent of one crowd was a young fellow who had been sent by his master into Glasgow with a sporting do?, with orders to deliver it to a friend, The man, instead of discharging his errand, joined the mob to see the Premier, and in some row that arose, the dog was trampled on, and had to be killed. The servant, I need hardly say a Scotchman, hit upon an ingenious device. He wrote, or caused a letter to be written, to Lord Palmerston, in which after some ample eulogy of the great man, and an explanation of the ardent desire which had fl led the little man's mind to gaze on so illustrious an individual, he told the tale of the unfortunate dog, and added that his master had insisted on deducting its value (three pounds, I think) from the offender's wages. He therefore modestly prayed that, under the ciicumstances, Lord Palmerston would make it up to a man whose misfortune had occurred s> lely through his eagerness to see his lordship. His lordship said to the secretary, " Tell him that inasmuch as he had undertaken to deliver a dog, it was his duty to so, whereas he was under no such duty to see Lord Palmersion, the latter cannot entertain the demand." So the Scot eid not even get an autograph, on which perhaps he had counted as worth something, should his application fail — Home News. On dit that a certain high sheriff who, when a poor man in a piovincial town, managed to gain an aristocratic name and £8000 a-year with his bride, has since got a separation, allowing his wife but £800 a-year of her own money, which she romantically refused to have settled on herself. Tomorrow. — The day on which idle m n work and fools reform.

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DREADFUL DISASTER AT SEA.— 194 LIVES LOST., Evening Post, Issue 44, 30 March 1865

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DREADFUL DISASTER AT SEA.— 194 LIVES LOST. Evening Post, Issue 44, 30 March 1865

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