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LOST IN THE SNOW.

Although so late in the season, the danger of travelling on the ranges is not by any means slight, if we may judge by the numerous casualties lately occurring. In our last we published an account of a fatal occurrence on the Old Man Range, and now we have to record a simila accident on Switzer's. It appears that Henry Cumming, Lewis Harris, Wm. Sunderland, John Byrne, and Edward Jackson, left Switzer's en route for Campbell's creek, on the 4th nit On

the 6th they were lost in a snow storm, and missed one of their mates, Lewis Harris. On the Bth, the four men returned to Gow's creek, arriving at the Waikaia riner, on the 9th, about six o'clock, p.m., when one (Henry Cummings) in endeavouring to cross, was drowned. Police Sergeant Walker, hearing the remaining men " rooey," rode to the spot, where he saw the three survivors in an exhausted state, and so weak from want of food that that they were unable to stand. The height of the river, which had overflowed its banks, precluding their crossing, the Sergeant stripped and humanely went over on horseback with bread and meat. Finding they had lost their swags, he crossed a second time with blankets, and they camped for the night. The next day, the sergeant, in company with Mr 3hand, stavted for the ranges after the missing man, Harris, whom they fcund after a day's search, on the bank of the Waikaia River in a very weak state, having had no food for five days. After giving him refreshment Sergeant Walker had him conveyed to the camp. Although search was subsequently made for the body of Cummings, we understand that no trace has been discovered. Great praise is due to Serjeant Walker for his humanity and promptitude, to which doubtless the men saved owe, if not their lives, relief from great suffering.

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LOST IN THE SNOW., Lake Wakatip Mail, Volume II, Issue 71, 2 January 1864

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LOST IN THE SNOW. Lake Wakatip Mail, Volume II, Issue 71, 2 January 1864

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