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OUR AUSTRALIAN LETTER.

[From Our Melbourne Corrbspoxdknt.

May 2-2,

SERIOIV. P.All WAV ACCIDENT. An accident which resulted in one fatality and paused the injury of several peraou* occurred to a passenger train from Williamstown to Melbourne on the 17th inst. The train consisted of about a dozen carriages, and about 300 yards from the North Melbourne station the three last carriages and the guard's van ran off the line. At this point there is a line from the goods sheds at Spencer street, which joins tho Williamstown line. The points are worked from an elevated signal box, situated on the eastern side of the line, almost immediately opposite the scene of the accident. If the points were left unmoved, the train would run off on to the goods line. It is the duty of the pointsman to open the points, in order to allow the train to pass on its own line of rails. That this was done there can be no doubt, for the engine and eight or nine carriages crossed the points all right. The third carriage from the end of the train was a second-class of tho American pattern, supported by two pairs of wheels on the bogie prinoiple under each end. The first set of wheels passed the points, but the second set ran off along the rails communicating with the goods line. The wheels in technical phraseology "jumped" the points. Ihe divergence of the rails upon which they were travelling is very gradual, and a distance of about fifty yards had to be traversed before the rails of the down line were reached. The American carriage formed a connecting link, its front wheels running on the proper pair of rails and the hinder ones upon the loop rails. When the last two carriages had diverged so far from the true course as to reach the down line they left the rails altogether and ran along the peimanent way, crashing and tearing through the gravel and across the •leepers, andshatteringtheir own framework. After a hundred yards had been covered two smaller carriages fell over with a crash. The engine driver had been slowing down in the usual manner approaching the station before the carriages left the rails. As Boon as he noticed that something had gone wrong he applied the brake, and this, coupled with the weight of tho fallen carriages, brought the train to a standstill. The passengers became aware that a catastrophe was impending as soon as the carriages left the direct road. Many of them rushed to the windows, and their fears were strengthened by seeing the train travelling in a zigzag shape. Several jumped from the carriages, preferring to take a ohance for Bafety in that way to the prospect of being crushed and maimed in the wreck of the train. When the carriages toppled over, the occupants were flung pellmell on the downward side, and had no means of exit except by climbing up to the doo/s and windows above them. Braised and shaken as they were, very few were able to accomplish this feat. The carriage which received the greatest injury was the smoking oarriage. It was filled entirely by men, most of whom were of the working clasß. The oocupants of the other upturned carriage were also, as far as oan be gathered, all men. The passengers in the front carriages, who were dosed and frightened but uninjured, swarmed out, and rushed and crowded round the wrecked portions of the train. One man was found lying about 20ft clear of the wreokago, one of whose legs was terribly shattered, as if bp had jumped from the train and been run over. A stretcher was brought down from the North Melbourne station, and he was placed upon it and sent away to the hospital, and then a search was made of the interior of the overturned carriages, and a number of persqqp in a maimed and helpless conditipn were found imprisoned there. Several strong men clambered down into the carriages, lifted the injured into the reach of others who stood outside, and they were drawn up, and from thence assisted down on to the roadway. The station-master at North Melbourne immediately telephoned information of the accident to Spencer street, and in a vory brief space of time an ambulance carriage, with stretchers and all appliances for the care of the wounded, was despatched to the scene. The injured passengers were placed in the carriage and conveyed to Spencer street, and from thence to the Melbourne Hospital. It was found that the one who had sustained the most serious injury was Joseph Bosanquet, aged forty-three, a working jeweller, who was Buffering from a compound fracture of tho leg and severe shock. From the first little hope was entertained of his recovery. The injniedlimb was amputated by Mr E M. Fitzgerald, but the patient died Bhortly after seven o'clock. Frank Wells, a painter, had sustained concussion of brain, and his case may develop serious symptoms at any moment. There were a number of others who received attention at the hospital, but their injuries in moat cases were not of a serious character.

AN ANTI IRISH MEETING. A crowded meeting was held at the Protestant Hall, Sydney, on Monday evening, to protest against the " mission' of the Irish delegates to this colony, for tho purpose of advocating Home Rule for Ireland, and the unlawful resistance of payment of just debt due for land by evicted tenants." A resolution which Was submitted and passed with enthusiasm protested against the mission of the Irish delegates to the co'ony for the ostensible purpose of raising funds to carry on an agitation for Home Rule for Ireland; and further, indignantly protested against the misrepresentations in the address to the delegates from the Irish National League ta the effect that a large majority of the inhabitants of this colony were in favor of Home Rule, A second resolution which was carried expressed sympathy with the Imperial Government in the present difficulties with Ihe Irish question', and" a third' was to the effect that Lord Carrington should be asked to convey to Her Majesty an expression of the continued and unabated loyalty of the citizens of NewSouthVVales,and pledged she meetingtomaintaintheintegrityoftheßritish Empire. Several disturbanees took place At the meeting, the principal'one occurring when Alderman Taylor, of Liverpool, submitted an amendment to the first resolution; to the effect that Home Rule would be beneficial. Directly his intention was mac}e known the meeting fell into a state of uproar, and all tho attempts made %a Bectire Alderman Taylor a hearing proved futije. Cheers, howls, and volleys of Kentish fire (Jrowned all efforts of those on the platform to make themselves beard, and' after five minutes! utter confusion Alderman Taylor retired amidst derisive cheers. Tjuriog this period of uproar' some of those in the r body of the ball came to blows, but the conflict did not becbnft at all general or Berious. ARRIVAL OF MB CHARLES SANTLEY. MV Char}es Santley, the eminent baritone singer, has arrived in Melbourne, and "on Wednesday he was accorded a hearty welcome at a breakfast which was given to him at Menzies* Hotel. 1 Congratulatory and eulogistic speeoheß were made by the Rev. p'r Be van, the Rev. J. Kennedy, Mr S. Burdekfn,' M:L.A. (Sydney), a P d oth « r gentlemen. ' ~.,„, M r Santley gave the first of his bal>d concerts at the Town Hajl last evening, and attracted' an 'audience which packed the building. The' k Argus,' describing his performances, says:—"Mr Santley, on his appearance, was greeted with loud and prolonged 'applause. The opening of his first song—Sullivan's *Thoujrtpassing hence'— showed graces of nervousness, WhichV'howe?er, soon passed off,' and allowed Mr S/antley to display his powers. Iti then became evidept that in all that belongs to the art of singing Mr Santley possesses a complete mastery; perfect control of voice, clear delivery, declamatory force, and, above all,' the most excellent taste and expression. In all the very varied styles of song given throughout the evening, all these were shown by MrSsiitley with ttie ease of a mature artist. As an encore to his first effort a song of Gonnod.s to words by Shelley was given. In the second part Mr Santley sang an excellently, contrasted bracket consisting of ' The shepherd's lay' (Mendelssohn) and «To Anthea (Hatton). The little Mendelssohn gem was beautifully sung, and Hatton* Btandard, English song was given with » warmth ana passion which called, forth loud applause. Another encore being demanded, the latter song was repeated. Eor his third appearance Mr Santley gave that excellent seventeenth century song 'The vicar of Bray.,

The rendering was full of point, and told bo well with the audience that yet another encore resulted, Mr Santley giving a 4 cavalier's drinking song' in a quaint and characteristic manner. The artist received numerous floral gifts, and has evidently made himself a favorite." An orchestra under the eouductorahip of Heir Scherek, also Madame Beutami, Mrs Palmer, Mr Armes Beaumont, and Mr W. H. Poole assisted at the concert.

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OUR AUSTRALIAN LETTER., Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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OUR AUSTRALIAN LETTER. Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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