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(Prom the New York Sunday Mercury.)

fIH.% v m , a h g hthous e not over one hundred and twenty miles in^^ ewl i° lk '°fl.theHudsonriv!ef I . theHudsonriv!er ' kee P ifc themselves, and their lamps are always trimmed and burning, and on a foggy night when JW ls n .°t 3 18lb |e you can hear one of them a mile off blowing a SX «™ h^ Self l for Government has been too mercenery to give M?«To£f o ™ l " s^. Moreover, they have saved many lives. Miss Kate C. Crowley is the mistress and keeper of Saugerties Lighth3h 3 She i S capab , le of an y darin S deed Evolving danger or sdfunexSfled M*° maDner in Which the U& tY >™*c is W» it is i,™ o" 3 ? ™ as a bri ? hfc > starlight night, and the writer sat in the pilot ?i?~ !? talkln S to the steersman, who guided the steamer safely through o *^? 0 " 1?"*1 ?"* P eak of the Highlands, and answered questions or volunteered information between the rotations of the wheel. As we turned a bend on the river a light that looked like a star of the first magnitude twinkled far away in the distance. • That's fifteen miles away,' said the man at the wheel. • That's Saugerties ivfrv 1 -,lt», lt » again a dozen times in the turns of the river. Do I know the girls ? Well, no, not to speak to 'em, but I've seen em on the river many a time by daylight, pulling away at a great heavy row boat that no two river men would care to handle h? one or tnem gales that sweep down through the mountains. Well, it was on one of these occasions that I was comin' up the river on the old lAHumom atter she d got out of carrying passengers, and took to the m f U !l neSS^ We ' d got a little north of Rondout, and I was all alone at the wheel ; I heard a rumblin' behind me, and I looked aiound, and when I saw a great big cloud with thunderheads rushing up from the south, I knew we were going to catch aripper. We were taen pretty nearly abreast of Tivoli, and Saugerties Lighthouse was only about two miles ahead. A sloop loaded with bluestone, which toad just put out from the mouth of the Esopus Creek, and was standing down the river, went over when the squall struck her ; and soon I saw two men struggling in the water. "'Hardly a minute elapsed before two female forms were seen fluttering round the small boat by the lighthouse. In another minute it was launched, and it bobbed up and down in the seething, foaming waters The two girls, bare-headed, with a pair of oars apiece, began pulling towards the men in the water. The waves ran so high, the gale blevvso madly, the thunder roared so incessantly, and the lightning Hashed such blinding sheets, that it seemed impossible for the women ever to reach the men, to keep headway, or keep from being swamped. But they never missed the opportunity of a rising billow lE7 th «a leve ««e. and they managed by steady pulling to get ahead until they reached the men in the water. The great danger was that the tossing boat would strike the sailors and end their career, but one of the gals leaned forward over the bow of the boat, braced tier tect beneath the seat on which she had been sitting, stiffened herselt out for greater effort, and as her sister kept the bow of the craft crosswise to the waves, caught one of the men beneath the arms as he struck out on top of a billow, lifted and threw him by main force into t vii c boat ' and theu P re paved for the other man. He had got hold of the sloop's rudder, which had got unshipped and was floating on the water. He also let go and swam towards the rowboat., and was hauled in also by the woman and his half-drowned comrade. You couldn't have got any river boatmen to do what those girls did.' y\ru "E^ i - s a brunett e, tall, slim, with dark eyes and dark hair. \ ni iei c 1S animated sh e is exceedingly pretty. She has a row ot milk-white teeth, and dimpled cheeks, and looks at you with a pair ol large eyes full in the face. She said : ' We are simply two girls trying to do our duty here in this quiet place, taking care as bjdt we can of our blind father and aged mother.' "

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TWO IRISH HEROINES., New Zealand Tablet, Volume VI, Issue 299, 24 January 1879

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TWO IRISH HEROINES. New Zealand Tablet, Volume VI, Issue 299, 24 January 1879

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