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week, seven persons out of nine were drowned, by the upsetting of a boat on the Ouse, near York. Mr. Thomas Sellor, one of the two sur- vivors, when examined at the inquest which sat at York next day, stated

that he and Thomas Rigg, one of the persons drowned, after proceeding to Lendal Ferry to take in the young ladies whom they intended to row to Poppleton, were struck by a keel coming down the river under a press of sail, and instantly upset. Air. Sellor got hold of a rope, that hung from the bow of the keel, which shortly after ran aground. From his description, it would appear that the keelmen acted very brutally. They swore at him' and the rest of the unhappy party, and said they were all drunk ; nor did they offer him any assistance on reaching the bank. A person named Maude was examined, and also a man named Shear- win one of the crew of the keel ; but from their prevarications and con- tradictions, nothing certain was elicited. The fact seems to be, that the keelmen took but little care to avoid the boat, when they saw it in their way, and that the boat was rowed by persons grossly ignorant of its ma- nagement. The blame of the • accident lies thus pretty nearly between the two parties. As a general rule, no one ought to venture in a small boat on a navigable river where there are numerous vessels passing and repassing, unless he is well acquainted with boats; but if ignorant peo- ple will go a-boating, their best chance of avoiding danger when met by larger vessels, is to remain stationary ; for in the great majority of cases by attempting to get out of their way, they only, as in the present one, fatally entangle themselves. The names and ages of the sufferers be- longing to Mr. Rigg's family were—Ann Guthrie Rigg, the eldest daughter, in her twentieth year; Thomas Gorrvood Rigg, the eldest son, aged eighteen years ; John Rigg, the second son, aged sixteen years ; Eliza Rigg, the second daughter, in her sixteenth year ; James Smith Rigg, aged seven years ; Charles Rigg, aged six years. The other suf- ferer,- Was a Miss Grace Robinson, of Ayton, near Scarborough, who was on a visit at Mr. Rigg'ss she was about eighteen, and cousin to Mr. Robinson, of the firm of Simpson and Robinson, tea-dealers, of York. Mrs. Rigg, it appears, has had fourteen children, six of whom died ha their infancy. Two girls are now the only survivors of this numerous family. The grandfather has attained the advanced age of eighty-four, and is now suffering from the effects of a paralytic affection with which

he was attacked a short time ago—The Jury gave a deodand of 21/. on the keel.

ANOTHER FATAL BOAT ACM:IF:XT.-31r. J. Drake, and F. Drake, and a boy twelve years of age, sons of the Reverend Thomas Drake, of Bra- diston perished by the upsetting of a pleasure-boat, on the Stoke and Bradriver, near Buckingham ferry, Norfolk, on Thursday afternoon. A sudden gust of wind caught the boat before it was fairly shoved off, and instantly sunk it. A fourth son of Mr. Drake—Lieutenant Drake —escaped by clinging to the mast. Mr. Adcock, another gentleman who was in the boat at the time, escaped by swimming. The lady of Mr. J. Drake, and several other members of the Reverend Mr. Drake's family, were standing by the river, and witnesses of the accident. DROWNING.--A very fine young girl, Catherine, the youngest daughter of Sir Aubrey de Vere, Bart., went to bathe with a female at- tendant, in the Shannon waters, fronting her grandfather's residence at Mount Trenchard, in this county. She was hurried beyond her depth, and unfortunately drowned. Her body was found very soon after, but life was extinct. Her age was eleven years.—Limerick Chronicle. SurcznE.—On Friday night, as Mr. Cecil, a gentleman residing in Upper Thames Street, was passing over the Kent Road Bridge, which crosses the Sorry Canal, on his way to town, his attention was drawn to a female sl,ho was walking a little before him on the opposite side of the way, apparently in deep despondency. The night was extremely dark ; and he just caught a glimpse of her as she turned the corner of the bridge, towards the bank of the canal, in a hurried and agitated manner; and in a few seconds afterwards, and before he

had time to overtake her, he saw her springing off the embankment into the water. He ran to the spot, but she had disappeared, and no- thing was visible but a few air bubbles which rose to the surface. A man named Rushy, whom he met while running towards the high-road, got the drags in three or four minutes, and at the first throw the deceased was brought out, but she was quite dead. It appeared that she was a Servant at the Roebuck public-house ; where she had been in employ- ment about four months. A young man named Marshall, a journeyman chair-maker, had paid her so much attention that she considered him in the light of a lover, and appeared passionately attached to him. About a week before, he told her master that he wished to break off the con- nexion with the deceased, as he had no serious intention of making her 'his wife; • and on the following day he left his apartments. He had called about seven o'clock on Friday evening ; and had some private con- versation with the deceased, and from what was overheard, they appeared to be panning. Marshall left the house about nine, and the poor girl followed him in a few minutes afterwards. On Wednesday, Marshall was examined by the Coroner's Inquest; but no sort of blame attaches to him. The Jury brought in the usual verdict of insanity. Fins.-About eleven o'clock on Saturday night a fire broke out at No. 305, Wapping, premises occupied by Mr. John Hawley, a whole- sale ship-chandler and Irish provision merchant ; the whole was in a few minutes in a complete blaze. In a little time after the fire seized No. 306, occupied by Mr. Edward Hawley, who carries on the same bu- siness. Before the arrival of any engines, these two establishments, which occupy a large space of ground from Wapping High Street to the edge of the river, were in one mass of flame, which illuminated the eastern part of the metropolis for several miles round. The premises of Messrs. Graham and Co. also ship-chandlers, and those of Mr. Duffus, a cable and rope-manufacturer, suffered considerably. No accident occurred.

DEATH FROM STARVATION.-On Saturday morning last, a little boy, the son of Mr. Ashford, of the Crown Inn Petersfield, discovered a woman in the hay-loft dead. She is supposed to have taken refuge the preceding evening from the pitiless storm, spent with hunger and fatigue, as she had not a farthing, and her clothes were drenched with rain. A clasp purse was found in her bosom containing a duplicate, dated August 5th, of a shawl, in the name Of Mary Bellenie ; she ap- peared to be about twenty-eight years of age.-Hampshire Telegraph of Saturday 21. HEATS IN Asinnica.-The last arrivals from Philadelphia contain accounts of several deaths from the extreme heat of the weather. Four cases occur in one paper. In one of them the sufferer imprudently drank a quantity of cold water. In another case of like imprudence-not a common Yankee one-the patient recovered on the application, of remedies.

A SAGACIOUS Inv:um-Some few days since two of the children of 3Ir. Gabriel Horton, of this town, one aged about three years and the other eighteen months, were playing some rods from the house, near a well which was full to the brim, unprotected by a curb, when the youngest accidentally fell in. Mrs. H., being some distance off, luckily heard the children anxiously calling for her, and immediately repaired in direction of the noise, where she found the youngest in the well, and the other holding it up by the arms ! It was immediately rescued quite exhausted. We mention the circumstance as a remarkable evidence of presence of mind in so young a child. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, under similar circumstances, instead of affording assistance on the spot, a child so young would have ran to its parents for relief, not afforded it itself.-Goshen Reporter.