20 FEBRUARY 1886, Page 3

Elizabeth Mouat, the poor old woman who drifted alone in

the smack ' Columbine ' from the Shetlands to the coast of Norway, has recovered sufficiently to make a statement. It does not materially modify the facts known. When the crew left her to aid the captain, she was prostrate with sea-sickness, and fancied that the boat had struck on a rock. She never slept during the whole seven days and nights, but at intervals stood up in the cabin and looked over the hatchway to see if aid was in sight ; and at last, as she grew too weak to walk, she lashed herself to the hatchway, lest she should be unable to reach it and look out. She had at first two biscuits and a bottle of milk ; but though she con- sumed them slowly, she was for four days without food, and obtained only a little water by licking the drops which con- densed on the windows,—an absolutely new incident, we imagine, in a wreck. On the first day she seems to have despaired, and expected death every moment ; but after the 'Columbine' had lived for twenty-four hours, she recovered her faith in Providence and her hope of a rescue, and never gave way again, though by the time the boat reached Norway she was "nearly insensible." She will recover, and her endurance would be miraculous, but for the drops on the window-pane and her original strength. She was not ill, except with sea- sickness, and was going to visit her sister at Lerwick, not a doctor.