A BOY WITH GRIT IN HIM.
The * Alexandra Herald' reports that on the evening of the 10th inst. eight children, sons and daughters of Mrs Jones and Mr Hay, of Ophir, were playing in the Ophir and Ind dredge's boat on the Manuherikia River, where the water was some 10ft or lift deep, when by some means the boat got swamped. It was fastened to a line acroaa the river, and the force of the current seems to have kept it towing a few feet below the surface. Two of the Jones children were swept away, but succeeded in reaching the shore some distance down Btream. One of the youDg Hays, a boy about eleven, got hold of the line and hung on for life, the other five children clinging to him. The accident being observed, a number of persons soon gathered, but several attempts to reach the children failed. The river was rising rapidly at the time, but at length, after a determined tffortf, Mr Henry Rainham succeeded in reaching them. Young Harold Hay, who had hold of the rope, and whose little body was breaking the current for the others, plockily said: " Take the little ones first"; and when this had been done, and he and an elder sister alone remained, he still refused, though almost completely exhausted by his prolonged efforts, which by this time had lasted three-quarters of an hour, to go first, though urged to do so by his sister, and when bis turn came his cramped fingers had to be forcibly taken from the rope.
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A BOY WITH GRIT IN HIM., Evening Star, Issue 10446, 16 October 1897, Supplement