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THE WRECKAGE AT THE CHATHAMS. [By Telegraph.] [UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION.) Christchurch, 16th October.

Captain M'Allister, of the Kabu, snpplie the following particulars of the wreokage a tbe Chathams ;— At Matarakan, on tho ohie island of tbe group, a life-buoy (muo dimaped) oame ashore. Only some of tb letters were visible. The letters dis tinguiehfd were "SSA" and part of "V ; or "W." Boxes and bnndles of candles part of a companion, inoluding two teat made of teak or cedar ; a ease of Ncavo' food, with no mark ; portions of beer an spirit oaßes, one of tbo formor being marke like " T " In a diamond, G8 {outside) We liusrton ; pieoo of the end of a piano ; piece of a boat's keel; a case of brow paper ; and at Pitt's Island a lifebuoy cam ashore, no mark being visible ; soveral case marked Dnnedin and Wellington, one bein addressed Government Office, Wellingtor and arothor marked "A" with figure 334625 over 1942 ; a quantity of fancy wooc work of a figurehead, two pieces of eabi decoration, pieoeß of deck planking, piece of boat, boxes of candles, and a sailor' jacket. Part of a oase marked TG i diamond, Wellington, was also found besides three rolls of white printing papoi None of tho articles havo the appearanoo a having been in the water a great length c time, and the packets of candles proseotei the appearanoo of having been washed on of the surf, whore probably the oases whiol oontaiuod them were broken up. INFORMATION GLEANED LOCALLY PARTIAL CORROBORATION FROM THE MANIFEST. The amount of information obtainable ii Wellington to corroborate tbe evidonoo o the wreckage is not large, though the Assayi was destined for this port. Her manifest i in the possession of Messrs. W. and G Turnbull and Co., who were hor looa agents. Allowing for the possibility of i slight error in the above telegram, om oaße seems to be pretty well idonti lied. It is that desoribod as boinf marked with a T in diamond, numborod 68 and consigned to Wellington. Moaars. W and G. Turnbull and Co. had on board thi Assaye 50 oases of brandy marked as do poribed, and numbered conseoutively from 5 to 100. Yesterday's telegram from Lytteltoi alluded to the case found on the island a being one of spirits. The messago pnblishei above indicates it as being a beer case Supposing the former description to b correct, tbo identification is complete. W have made enquiries from the variou departments of the Government ser vice which are known to havo had good on board the Assaye^ but none of th marks shown on their invoices correspom with those mentioned in the telegram. I may be remarked, however, that some of thi marks sot out in the manifest as those oi goods consigned to looal firms oomo fairlj near those fonnd on the cases, if allowance is made for eomo little obliteration by th< action of the water. It is not likoly that the Government will Bend any special steamer to the it lands tc search for oastaways, because tbe Hinemot is at present somewhere in that neighbourhood. She was to have gone direot from the West Coast Sounds to the Snares and 'Chatham Islands, and Captain Faircbild'e general instructions are to searoh all harbours for castaways. Besides, it is to be presumed that on reaching the Chatham Islands he would loam what has just beon made known by the oaptain of the Kahu, and would then make a more particular search on his own responsibility. In nautical cirolps there is much spooulation as to how the Assaye, or any of her cargo, could have got to the Chatham group, Her ordinary course, unless Bhe oame through Cook Straits, wonld lie to the south of Stewart's Island— between it and the Snares— and then up the East Coaßt of the South Island to Wellington. It is urged that it is quite possible the vessel may have I struok on the Snares, or on the Traps (whiol: are between the Snares and Stewart's Island), and either gone to pieces there oi drifted on in a damaged and unmanageable condition until near Chatham Islands, where sho "would break up in the Burf off one of the islands. Against the supposition that she oame to grief on the Snares, there seems to be some doubt amongst those whose opinions should be of value whether the paper and other goods now found would have floated the distance of 700 or 800 miles intervening between that group and the Cbathams. If the Snares were the econe of the wreck, it is agreed by mariners that there is little chance of any of the chip's t company having survived. The ooast of the islands is very inhospitable, and there is only one roally good landing place.

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THE WRECKAGE AT THE CHATHAMS. [By Telegraph.] [UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION.) Christchurch, 16th October., Evening Post, Volume XL, Issue 94, 17 October 1890

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THE WRECKAGE AT THE CHATHAMS. [By Telegraph.] [UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION.) Christchurch, 16th October. Evening Post, Volume XL, Issue 94, 17 October 1890

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