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FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT TO THE FEMALE BLONDIN.
On Thursday night an event took place at Highbury Barn Gardens, which not only produced the greatest consternation amongst the visitors, but has resulted in the most serious, if not fatal con sequences to Miss Selina Young, or, as she is styled, the ' Female Blondin,' the celebrated rope-walker, who created such a sensation at Cremorne Gardens last season by crossing the Thames on a tight-rope.
Shortly atter 10 o clock the 'Female Blondin' ascended one of the stages connected with the ropes, which is about 100 feet in height, and by the aid of blue fires, and attired in a suit of armour, pro* ceeded on her perilous voyage in mid-air. She reached the eastern stage in safety, and again re* turned, performing the feat of wheeling the barrow. A third time she crossed the rope, covered with a sack, and then commenced her final tour to the start ing-point, in the midst of fireworks discharged from each end of the balancing pole she carried in her hand. She had arrived within about 20 feet of the western stage, when the catherine-wheels at each end of the pole had reached their greatest velocity, at which, moment reports were heard, and stars of various hues were emitted. At this instant it was plainly observable that there was a fearful oscillation of the pole, as well as of the unfortunate performer. A general cry was raised that she was falling. The pole fell from hep grasp, and the performer toppled over. For a moment she appeared to cling to the rope either by the legs or hands; but, whether from fright or otherwise, ia another second she was seen descending head foremost into the midst of the lofty trees beneath her. The scene of horror and consternation, coupled with the screams of the females present, at this moment may be well imagined, and hundreds rushed to the spot where the poor creature lay at the foot of a tree com pletely doubled up and apparently lifeless. Cries for medical aid were raised, and it fortunately happened that there were a numbers of surgeons who, as parochial officers of St. Pancras, had been attend ing a dinner given at Highbury Barn at the close of the day's proceedings, namely, the beating of the parish boundaries. &c. Among them were Dra. Hillier, Claremont, Sutherin and Saul. Two of these gentlemen, Mr. Ciaremont and Mr. Saul, were imme diately on the spot, and the unfortunate woman was carried in an insensible and apparently lifeless condi tion to an apartment adjoining the' theatre, where, upon examination by the medical men, she was found still alive ; but her countenance, pulse and respira tion too plainly indicated that very serious injury had been sustained. In a short time she was restored to consciousness, and by the direction and under the superintendence of the medical gentleman was con veyed to a sleeping apartment in the tavern, where a more complete examination was attempted to ba made, but upon manipulations being tried her suffer ings were so acute that on consultation with her own medical attendant, Mr. Bang, of Highbury, who had by this time arrived, it was considered advisable to allow her to repose for some hours, carefully watched, and an arrangement -was made for an early morning consultation. At this time it was the opinion of the medical gentlemen that although the injuries were not defined they were significant of a very serious if not fatal result.