20 APRIL 1889, Page 2

A remarkable incident of the hurricane at Samoa is re-

lated this week. Captain Kane, commanding the Calliope,' finding his vessel in danger, turned her head to the storm and endeavoured to steam out of the harbour of Apia in the teeth of the hurricane. For a few minutes it seemed as if Nature must win, but the engines were good and the engineers daring, and inch by inch the 'Calliope' made way. As she passed the great American corvette Trenton,' her crew of four hundred, who knew their vessel was drifting on the reef and were momently expecting death, recognised Captain Kane's daring seamanship, and with true professional, and we may add, American feeling, gave the 'Calliope' a vigorous cheer. That is something in a world of jealousies and timidities, and it was not the only fact connected with the incident that is.pleasing to Englishmen. Enough, perhaps, has been said of Captain Kane, who only did his duty well ; but enough has not been said of the 'Calliope's' engines. It was their quality and condition which enabled the commander of the 'Calliope' to adopt a plan from which both German and American, with older engines, necessarily shrank.