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BALLOON ASCENT IN A THUNDERSTORM.

A STRANGE STORY.

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A STRANGE STORY. On Friday morning, during the prevalence of the severe glorm in London, a shocking accident occurred on the river ny which three persons are supposed to have lost their lives, About a quarter to one in the morning the lishtning broke a large window in a shed of the London Gaslight and Coke Company, in Bittersea. A number of men were in the shed at the time, but escaped unhurt. The noise caused by the crash, however, was so great that the watchman, who resides in a small house by the -ide of the river, was about to go to the phea to see whether any of his fellow-workmeii werehuit, wlun he heard a moaning noise proceeding from the river. He halloaed as loudly as he could that a^sUtance was at hand if it was required, but received no ans.ver. It was very datk, and, the noise con- tinuing, he procured a lantern and looked in the direction from which he fancied it proceeded. It was, however, fully ten minutes before he discovered the cause. In the mud, which near the gasworks is reported to be very deep, he saw a man lving face downwards, and, procuring assistance, he by means of a rope and ladder succeeded in getting him out. He was then so exhausted that for some time his recovery was ckspa/red of, but eventually he became conscious, and gave an account of the manner in which he got into the river, and Suh"f q nenlly into the deep mud where he was found. He t-aid that on his return from Ascot Racea be, with three other persons whom he had met. on the course, proceeded as far as Richmond by rain, and the night being fine they took a Bailing-boat ;l'nm the latter place, proposing to go as far as Westminster, where the boat was to be given up. Oa reaching Batterea, however, the s orm had become so violent that they determined to make for the nearest landing-place, and on discover- ing the creek near the gas company's premises the boat was steered towards it. At that moment the boat ;apsized, from what cause he could not say. and they vere all thrown into the water. He saw his friends for a moment endeavouring to make for the shore, and too < f them caught hold of him, but soon sank. For- unately the tide was low, and he remembers reaching the shore, but nothing more. He wrote down his name and address, .and after his clothes had been dried Mid the mud ncraptd off he was conveyed to his resi- dence at St. John's-wood in a cab. He described the appearance of the persons who were in the boat, but he did not know their names or addresses. The police were as soon as possible put in possession of these facts, and went to St. John's wood to get fur- ther information but they have not been able to as- certain the persons' names or addresses. Hanwell, the watchman, says that when he discovered the man who was saved he was deeply imbedded in the mud, and had he lain there but another ten minutes he must have been drowned, for the tide, which was running up, was then washing by his side. When sensible he said, "Good God! my friends are about here somewhere." A vigorous search was made, but they could not be seen. On Friday the river was dragged, bat without success. Inquiries made at Richmond have substantiated the statement as to the boat being hired there. The occur- rence has created considerable excitement in the neigh- bourhood.

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