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SWIMMING THE CHANNEL.

AN AMERICAN PAILS AFTER A PLUCKY ATTEMPT.

Peter S. M'Nally, of Boston, U.Si, has pluckily attempted to swim from Dover to Calais. The start was made from the Ad= miralty Pier at 11 20 a.m., a Btnall lugger containing several friends accompanying the Swimmer. The start was made in the presence of a large crowd. The water was perfectly smooth, and there was comparatively little current with no windi but there was a heavy fog. M'Nally began with a : 'strong overhand stroke, which he afterwards changed for the breast stroke. He was in great spirits, and joined in the choruses of the songs being sung in the lugger. - At one o'clock the fog lifted: M'Nally then was swimming south-east with the tide running to the eastward, eo that when the' swimmer had made three miles he had also drifted four miles towards Folkestone, making in all about seven, miles covered. At six o'clock the Varne buoy and lightship, which had caused Webb so much trouble, had been passed. The tide now commenced to carry M'Nally towards Calais. His refreshments consisted of beef extract, essence of ginger, and American chewing tobacco ; this last-he considered prevented his tongue from swelling. _At eight o'clock the sun went down, and afterwards the lights of Cape Grisnez and Calais Bhone through the gathering gloom; The swimmer how began to show signs of exhaustion, and was frequently troubled with cramp in the legs, arms, and neck, and also with nausea. But his determination was to reach Calaiß, and he kept doggedly on. At 2.30 a. in. his Bufferings had become terrible. "Both blind-

hoss and delirium overcame him, causing him to lose all idea of direction. Hlb friend then interfered, and dragged him, objecting, aboard the boat. Calais was reached by rawing at G a.m , M'Nally being much exhausted. Ho appears to have suffered very severely. He waß In the water just over fifteen hours, and when taken out was in a state of complete collapse and insensible. When he came to he asked how long he had been in the water, and upon being told said he did not want any more of it. As might have bcea expected at this time of the year, fie temperature of the sea was all against the swimmer. The party got to within a mile and a-half of the coast at Capo Grisnez at about 2 30, when the boatman stated that the tide had changed and was drifting the swimmer away from shore. M'Nally seemed to lose all heart when he heard this.

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SWIMMING THE CHANNEL., Issue 10447, 18 October 1897

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SWIMMING THE CHANNEL. Issue 10447, 18 October 1897

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