18 DECEMBER 1886, Page 3

Of the twenty-seven lives lost, at least fourteen have families

depending on them, either a widow and children, or an aged father and mother who looked to them for support. A very liberal subscription has been at once opened for the families of the gallant crews which have perished; and in Southport itself, and, indeed, in all parts of the country,—if we except Liver- pool, where the Mayor checked the flow of the tide by an in- adequate subscription, especially considering that Liverpool sent out the very ship which the lifeboats of Southport and its neighbourhood rescued at such vast cost to the lives of the local seamen,—great efforts have been made to show how highly the country values the heroism of its lifeboat service. The Lund of the Mayor of Southport amounted on Wednesday last to about 26,000, and will reach 28,000, a noble result. The country will feel that the widows and orphans who are left by -such gallant men as these ought to be taken in a very special sense under the direct guardianship of the country which has so much reason to be proud of the dead. Indeed, in this case, the heroes of the lifeboats have bought life at a rate more than twice as --costly as that of "a life for a life." For the twelve men saved by the Lytham lifeboat, twenty-seven were lost in the two lifeboats which capsized. The public funeral on Tues- day was one of the most touching spectacles of the year.