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WoWREI' O 'I TlE 8' TiAMEU A DMELLA. This melancholy event has excited the liveliest and most general sympathy in Victoria and South Australia. It was the solo topio of conversation. The only intelligence as yet received is in the shape of telegrams from Mount Gambier, and the indecisive and incom pleto nature'of the news thus convoyed added to the excitement of the public. Wo copy tho'subjoined detached items of information from the Melbourne journals received yesterday. (From the Argus of Wednesday.) Mount Gambier, August 0. A special messenger from Cape Nor thumberland brings further particulars. The Adnella (says one of the two sur vivors) when she struck was out of her course, having been put before tile wind while one of the racehorses on board was shifted, and having been again put on her course without allowauce heing made for leeway. The weather was foggy at the time. The boats were washed adrift, and the quarter-boat was lost throught the carelessuess of a passenger. It was last seen dt ifting out to sea with a man astride the keel. If these boats could have been kept there is every probability all hands would hiave been saved. The ship broke into four pieces, and ropes were used to get people from one part to another. The second mate attempted to reach the shore by means of a lifebuoy, but was drowned in the surf. The two survivors reached shore by moans of a little raft they con* structed out of a boom, and they were offered £o00 by Mr. Magarey, one of the passengers, if they would carry him with them. Thie scene was heartrending; bodies floating round the wreck, passengers .clinging to the hull and frantically offering money, jewels, overyrting they possessed, to be safely carried ashore. It was believed that if timely aid hlad been afforded tile majority of the cabin passen. gers would have been rescued. The Corio left Adelaide last night with the Govern ment lifeboat. B. H. DnntrhoToNe, Station Master. Adelaide, Tuesday. Business is entirely suspended, all classes being engrossed by the wreck of the Admella. The portico of the Exchange was crowded all day with friends of the passengers, and groat anxiety was shown to get the iatest news by telegraph. Tihe Corio was despatched to Cape Northum berlami last night, to render assistance if possible. Both Houses of Parliament adjourned to-day, two sons of the President of the Council being among the passengers by the Admella. From the Alelbourne TVeekly Examiner. As soon as the intelligence reached Ade laide, the Corio-a small steamer lying at the bay-was despatched to Cape Northumberland. Messrs. Henty and Co. also telegraphed to Port Fairy orders for the despatch of their steamer Lady. Bird, which steered forthwith for the scene of the accident. The telegram received in Melbourno on Wednesday was as follows: " No sign of the Corio yet. They are still, alive. We have now a telescope. There are 20 at least alive. Roechfrt is certainly one; in fact, we believe all the cabin passengers to be safe. Power, the two sailors, and self, certainly recognised iochfort. The boat from the Lighthouse is so small, it is of no use. We bave found the Admella's lifeboat about four miles off. We have been ever since daylight dragging her down. It is fearful work, site is so heavy, and the sand so deep. WVe have her now a short half mile from shore. We intend to launch her. She is not much injured, and we are niow repairing her. It is doubtful whether we shall be able to make the attempt to night; but at day break to-morrow, at the very latest, we hope to be able to rescue the poor crea tures. The weather is fine, and they may yet be saved." The Corio arrived at the spot on Thurs day morning, and managed to save five persons who had contrived to sustain tlhemselves upon the wreck. One of tile most extraordinary facts in connection with this lamentable occurrence is, that although the ship was wrecked on Saturday morninig, at a spot not many miles distant from the Mount Gambler station, no news of the disaster reached town until Monday afternoon. From the Argue of Thursday. Up to tihe close of the Telegraph Office last night no further intelligence was re ceived with regard to the safety or loss of any more of thepassengers by the Admella. Arrangements were made yesterday morning for the despatch of the Lady Bird to the scene of disaster, and this vessel left Port Fairy at noon, with the prospect of reaching the wreck last evening between 8 and 9 o'clock. Some difficulty arose as to the charter ing of the Lady Bird for this service, and the Government was applied to, toguaran tee the insurance in case of accident, with out success. A subscription was at once set on foot among the Melbourne mer chants, and the sum of £330 was speedily rai?ed to meet the emergency. Tbhe most painful excitement has pre vailed throughout the day to ascertain the fate of the sufferers left clinging to 'the wreck. It witas reported that some of them were ascertained to be still battling for life at daybreak this morning. " Sea coast, Wednesday, 2 p.m. The weather is fine, nod they may yet be saved. No more bodies washed ashore yet. Cape Northumberland, 7"30 p.m. People were seen on the wreck this morning. They were signaling for help. No assistance had arrived up to that time. Portland, 2.30 p.m. Steamer Laedj Bird passed en route to Cape Northumberland, to render assistance to survivors on wreck. Adelaide, Wednesday. The wreck of tihe Admnella is still the sole topic of conversation and inquiry, htndreds crowding the Exchange all day for news. Both HIouses of Parliament anre adjourned till Tuesday. Extreme ilndigna tion is expressed at tile statement that the Victorian Government have refused to in terfere sending the Lady Bird, or other wise. From the Melbourne Her'cd of Thursday. A deputation waited upon the Chief Secretary yesterday, asking him to guar antee the increased Insurance :whtleh the owners of the Lady Bird would 'have to pay for sending their steamer In so dan gerouis aservleo. Mr. O'Shlsnnansy how ever stated that he coull make no promise without cossUltisg the Executive, and as the circumstances of the case admitted noj
delay, a subheriptlon llst was at once opened und.£300 raised to reimburse thie owners; who make no ohargo for the lse of thile vessel, only for increased insurance. From the !Herald of Friday. A great ileol of feeling was expiressed In town yesterday about the neglect of the goverlnnont; but, so fat as we have been able to learn, thie conduct of Mr O'Shannassy has been misrepresented. The telegraph authorities state that up to Ycdnaesday morning no message that there were any survivors had reached Mel bourno t and the etatiou-master at Mount Gambler reports that he was not aware till Wednesday that any one was alive on the wreck. When the deputation Wed nosdnay'wited upon the Chief Secretary, thle Laidy Bird Iad actually sailed from Belfast, add no promise to guarantee the insurance money could have expedited succour to the unfortunates on the wreck. Wo are informod that finding that all that could be done had been done, Mr. O'Shannassy' stated that Ihe would support a vote of £300 for the increased insurance, but that he could not promise on his own responsibility. rhoetrlp of the Lady Bird has been ut terly useless. Sithe returned to Portland yesterday evoting, and reported that she had steamed along the coast twenty-five miles beyond the lighthouse, but had seen nothing of the wreck. Just as silo was returimug she sighted a steamer steering towards the shore. This was in all proba bility the' Corio. It would be premature to blame the captain of the .ady Bird, but it is certsinly..very much to be. regretted that he did not persevere stil longer in his ioareht. Great blame existssomewhere, and when we discover the real delinquent we shall not be slow to express our Indig nation at his neglect. The scene of the wreck was Carpenter's reef, about fifteen miles N.W. of Cape Northumberland. The reef runs out five miles, and the Admella struck about two miles from shore. The telegrams throughont the day from Mlount Gambler were most contra dictory. About eleven o'clock the follow ing message was posted up outside the Hall of Commerce nnd other public places: -"Molount Gambler, 10 a.m., 11th August. Corio close by. wreck. Far fewer sur vivors than last nigbt. Rochfort, captain, first mate, .Magarey, and a woman, recog nised. Surf too strong for a boat to live. Boat started twice from the shore, but was driven back. Two persons seemed to drop off the wreck Into the water since day light. No food since Saturday. When the messenger left, at ten o'clock, a boat was being lowered from the Corio." Later in the evening it was stated that the steamer Ant was about to sail fromn Guichen Bay to Carpenter's reef. Withinu al' hour two messages reached from Mr. Dorrington, the South Australian station-master at Mlount Gambler; one that the Corio had rescued all the passen gers, and that their names would be sent in an hour; another that the Curio had been unable to render any assistance. On receiving these contradictory messages, the Postmaster-Genoral Instantly gave orders that an express should be sent to the wreck, and that on his return authentic information should be'forwarded to all the stations. Since the abovo was in type we have received the following telegrams, the office of the electric telegraph having been kept open for tile purpose of enabling messages to be received to the latest muoment. The first is from the master of the Lady Bird, Captain P. Greig: "Portland, 11th August. "We returned to Portland after search ing for the wreck tweunty-four?t miles beyond Cape Northumberland, a distance far beyond that indicated by the informa tion I had. 'There was a very heavy sea breaking in eight fathoms. No boat could live, but we return again at once and will do our best. We take life aid whale boats, &e, well manned, and a doctor. Will'leave at ten, after coaling." [The steamer left at 10 p.m.-Ed. TI.] The following was despatched from Mount Gambler, at half-past ten o'clock p.m.: "1 Mount Gambler, 11th August, "Donald M'Eachorn left the wreck at 3.30. He states that the life-boat of the Corio was launched soon after twelve o'clock, with five men in her, but that sio could not approach the wreck. She came round the reef, got inside, and ran ashore, nearly foundering. The boat was thrown ot the beach. Another attempt was to be made with both boats at low water. There were still ten or twelve persons on the wreck. Roehfort was recognised, and some one like Magarey. The woman is still alive." The next was forwarded from Mount Gambier at halt-past one o'clock this morning : "Mount Gambier, 12th August. " There is no further intelligence from the wreck. A special messenger loft this for the wreck at nine p.m., and will return about ten this morning with full partieu. lara'." From tile IIerald of Saturday. Another day has passed, and the sur vivors of the wreck of the Admella are still in the most frightful position in whlich it is possible for human beings to exist. They have now been a week on the reef, expocting that every minute would be their lost. Every attempt made oyesterday to rescue them proved unavailing. There is, however, some reason to believe that they have a supply of provisions, or it would have been impossible for them to oold out so long as they have done. It would ap pear as If the Admella was going so fast when she first struck the rocks, that her impetus carried her a long way among the reefs, and that it is impossible for steamers or bouts to live within many hundred yards of wheore the wreck is lysug, In con sequence of the. breakers which are des. cribed as rolling mountains high. Boats got close enough yesterday to count fifteen persons on the after-part of the ship, which is fast On tIhe reef, but tiley were beaten back without being able to afford oay assistance, from the frightful sur:f, and the Immeinse quantity of kelp which grows on that part of the coast. Tbe boats of the Curio made an attempt early in the morning to establish commu nication, but without success. Later in thle day two steamers, thoeAnt from Gnlchen Bay, and the .adey Bird from Portland, arrived. The Portland Bay life-boat made agallant but unavailingeffort to thlrow a line over tile wreck, by means of a rocket, but sie too hIad to return with the loss of stone of hier oars,' and slight damage to hier hull. H.M, steamer Niger was to lave left Ilob son's Day for Carpoenter's Reef at itine last evening; anti if the survivors have not been taken off before she arrives, there Is every reason to hope that with hier well. traicdl and powerful crew, lshe will be able to render efficient service. As much cx
oltomont prevalled throiughout the city yesterday as on anoy of the preovlos days; and a most painful tooling pervaded every class of snoiety.. No fresh intelligence h1ad ranched Mount Gambler up to 1 a.m. this anorning-nor was any expected; but the telegraph office, both there and in Mel bourne, was kept open all night. We sub join the various telegrams received during the day : Mount Gambler, 12th August. Inspector Scott and C. Lyon, Esq., write front the wreck at noon to-day. Lady Bird Ant and Corio steamers at the wreck. ,Life-boat made attempt to rescue survivors. Nearly slcceedod in throwing (by means of a rocket) a line over the wreck; boat beaten back, with loss of some oars and slight damage. The Port land Bay boat behaved splendidly. Rode over most tremendous seas. Another trial will be made again soon. There are hopes of saving the toen or twelve survivors yet remaining on the wreck. Mount Gambler, Friday, 12,25 p.m. I have just received a message from the wreck dated 7.30 a.m. this morning. Both boats were tried again, and just beaten. back. About a dozen survivorsyet on the wreck. As soon as the boats' crew are recruited they will try again. But little hope. Bea mountains high. Special mes soengor not yet returned. D. Powan, Pro. Station Mas'cr. Mount Gambler, 0 p.m.; Coast, 2.15 p.m. Steamer Lady Bird here,'witb Portland life-boat. They made ono atteinpt, and failed, with loss of oars and damage to boat. Had to put back to repair. Will make another attempt before night. Boat behaved splendidly. A fearful surf, and breakers very high. Two rockets were fired over the wreck, but without success. Boats' crew reports having seen fifteen (15) on the wreck. The steamer Ant, from Guichon Bay, is here with another boats' crew. We are indebted to Mr. Frederick Green for the following copies of telegrams, re coived in Melbourne on Saturday. They supply the latest particulars: To J. Henty & Co. August 13, 8-30 a.m. Life boat from shore has a rope attached to the wreck, sea running fearfully high, three other boats being in attendance near the wreck. 9 a.m. Captain M'Ewan, Andrew Pollock, Thomas Davey, brought on shore by the shore boat. We have sent for the names of the others. 3'10. Communication stopped 30 miles from Mount Gambler. The Lady Bird, with 19 of the survivors of the Admella, has left coast for Portland, 9"30. Tieo poor people are fearfully ex hausted, and I believe two females with them. Melbourne, 10 o'clock Saturday evening. The itllowing message has just been re ceived from Portland, concerning the Admella: Few lost at first; about eight died every day; four last night; several died mand, throwing themselves overboard. It has been a fearfully heavy sea, and so they kept falling overboard ; they threw them. selves into the life boat, and were caught as they fell by tle boatmen. Rochtort says the captain is very much exhausted; landed on beach; had to be hauled ashore through the serf, by a rope from the boat. Magary endeavored to land on a cork tnattrass, but was drowned; this was four days ago. Miss Ledrsff,, the only lady saved, is going on well, but very weak. The two men who first landed did so on a raft. Survivors had nothing to eat or drink since Monday morning; everything washed out of the cabin, aand ship on beam ends; two of them told Mr. Learmonth that they had no shelter but the mizen rigging, and all huddled up on lower side; alt their legs dreadfully swollen. Cause of accident said to be compasses out of order. People too weak to give more information; few of them can speak. More particulars at 10 o'clock to-morrow. Sunday. Those on board the Lady Bird are ter ribly exhausted, but the unremitting care and attention of Dr. M'Donald has con siderably alleviated their sufferings: The untiring perseverance and gallant conduct of Captains Greig and Fawthrop (of Port land), and the crews of the Lady Bird and Whaling Company's boat and the lifo boat, are beyond praise- the last, In particular, are described as acting in positions of ex treme danger. Enthusiasm hero is im menso; conveyances and stretchers ready to receive and convey tile sufferers to Mack's Hotel, where every comfort is pre pared for them. Two died yesterday on the wreck, and one fell from the wreck exhausted. As soon as some of them are sufllciently recovered, further Intelligence will be obtained front them.-Melbourne, 7*40 p.m. Saved from the wreck :-Capt. M'Ewan, Andrew Pollock, Thos. Davey, Hurtle Fisher, Rochford, James Millar, Miss Led ruff; David Peters, Robert Wright, Chas. Lock (fore-cabin steward), George Ward (under cook), Mlichanel Fori'estatr, H. M'Innes, John Webb, S WV.'Richardson, J. It'Dermot, Patrick Farris (chief officer), - M'Maun, Thomas 0 Halloran (purser), Andrew (servant to ltochford), aud two soeamen.