A Terrible Voyage.
A thrilling story of the sea is told by the captaiti of the German steamer Piekubeu, which anived at Adelaide on November 14th. Accoiding to a report received iv Sydney, the Pickuben picked up the ship Abbi« 8. Hart, bouud from Baiavia to Philadelphia, and towed her into Table Bay. her crew being so reduced by sickness and death that they were unable to woik her. The ship left Itatavia on September Blh under the charge of Captain McHoury, who had a crow of tweuty-one men under him, five of them being coolies. A week out from Buta-vin. the troubles began. One after the oilier of the crew began to sicken with Java fever, the captain amongst the number. Only one man— McHenry, the captain's son— was not afflicted by the disease. The second mate ami two of the sailors died from the malady. This form of fever was not the only illness which visited tlte ill-fated crew. Sugar fever seized some of them. Unrt of tlio coolies whilst raving in its agonies endeavored to commit suicide }!.• seized a knife ami drove it into his abd;>mrn, und though ho recovered both from the fever and the effects of his owu rash act, he was left very weak. To make matters worse, the weather on several days was very bad. The galley was smashed to pieces by a heavy soa, and for a fortnight the only utensil for cookiug meals for the crew consisted of a small puraitio. stove. Foresails, topsails, and staysails were carried away by tho wind nt different times ; the ship rolled tremendously, her yards' ends being regularly in the water, and her decks were almost as often swept by the sea. The bad weather and lack of proper food told their stories on those whom the fever did not touch severely, some of the men being laid Up with swellings of the legs and arms. When the illness was at its height only six or seven men were really able to work, and had unpropitious weather then reigned the ship might either have foundered or been driven ashore. Just when hope seemed to have departed from the crew the steamer Pickuben hove in sight. Distress signals were hoisted on the ship, and soon the Pickuben answered and came near enough to communicate. The captain of the Abbie S. Hart reported that in the event of bad weather hia cr«w were not strong enough to work the ship, and asked to be towed to the nearest port. A bargain was made, aud Cnptain Spleidt, o the Pickuben, sent, a tow rope iv a boat and took the Abbie S. Hart in tow for Table Bay, then about SO miles distant. Table Bay was reuclud on October 19th, and the Piekubeu resumed her voyage the next da y
The colony of Victoria pays £216,000 a year for defence purposes. The bicycle ia winning quite a reputation for itself in America. It has been publicly recognised there as a regenerate sort of machine that a man may ride to church on it without further risk. Provision has beeu made iv several churches for bicycle storage during services, and in one the announcement to that effect was made from the pulpit. The province of Quebec has a law bestowing 100 acres of Government land on every father of a family who has twelve living children. Up to the present time 1T4.1»OO acres have been given under this law. Not all of these fathers, however, are satisfied with the amount of this bounty, for families of twenty children are not rare, aud the fathers cf these want a proportionately higher reward. One old gentleman — Paul Bellanger, of River dv Loup— wants 300 acres in recognition of his family of thirtysix living children. A curious present was made to the German Emperor lately. It wa only a pair of scissors. Hut there are scissors, and scissors, and these are valued at £80. They are made of the finest steel, and are covered with exquisite engraving, the Bubject, including a portrait of the Kaiser, views of historic buildings and scenes, &c, tho work occupying a skilled engraver five whole years. The giver is a noted steel merchaut at Sohlingcti, the Sheffield of Germany. A farmer went into a barber's shop receutly, aud, in askiug for a shave, suggested that the price of the operation might be well reduced, considering the present hard-up condition, financially speaking, of the farmers of the district. Quoth the wielder of the razor, with a witty application of the agriculturist's owu logic : " Quite the contrary ; you farmers are pulling such awfully long faces just now that its worth double the price to scrape over such a distance." Presbyterian Services. — Sunday next : Karaka 11, Ormotid 3, Patutahi 7, Mr Bertram; (Jisborne 11 and 7, Matawhero 2.30, Rev. R. M. Ryburn; Matawhero 7. — Advt. The foundation of success in life is good health, easily attainable by wearing Heunessy's ooots. Ladies' glace evening shoes (halt-heels), 3s Gd ; ladies' tun Oxford walking shoes (toe caps), bs Gd ; ladieV double strap stiong walking shoes, 4s Gd ; ladies' extra high-leg tan luce boots, 8a Gd. Hennessy's for dependable boots t— Advt.
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