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FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. DREADFUL STEAM-BOAT CALAMITY. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY LIVES LOST By the packet-ship Columbus, Captain Cropper, which arrived in Liverpool on Friday, Feb. 7, from New York, we have received intelligence of a melancholy steam boat accident, attended with the loss of upwards one hundred and fifty pas- sengers all on board, in short, with the exception of the Captain and one or two others. [From the New York Herald.] Our city was thrown into a fearful state of excitement yester- day morning (15th Jan.) by the news brought by the steamer Nimrod, Captain Brooks, from Bridgeport, that the steamer Lexington, had been destroyed by fire in Long Island Sound. Ihe Lexington left New York on Monday afternoon, with 150 passengers, and 29 persous connected with the boat. She iiad a heavy deck load of cotton, and when about two miles from Eaton s Neck, and not far from Huntingdon, Long Island, the cotton and wood work round the flues were discovered to he on fire, and in one hour she was burnt to the water's edge, and all but thiee persons perished, viz.:—Hempstead, engineer of the boat; Charles Smith, a fireman, and Captain Chester Milliard, a passenger. We have received the following letter from Capt. Brooks, of ihe Nimrod steamer, dated yesterday :— ^ave ?een Captain Chester Hilliard, one of the survivors IrolD the destruction of the steamer Lexington, and from him gather the following particulars :—The boat left New York at three o'clock— he thinks with about 150 passengers and full freight. About half-past ii ven in the evening heard the cry of fire; he ran on deck, and saw the nre bursting through the wood-work round the chimney. All was confusion and terror in a moment. He ran up to the wheel to advise running for the shore, which Captain Child. informed him they were Joloj. Th6}' mhod fa? i«»ts and J\\m\4 to, tq the nwaber» thinks of twenty in each, and lowered them down, and they filled im- mediately he is of opinion that not one of them escaped. The life hoat was thrown over, but cllughtthe water-wheel and was lost. He saw geveral floating with life preservers, but Captain Hilliard thinks none survived till morning. He advised tllmbling over the cotton- bales, and assisted getti lg over ten or twelve, and lashed himself to one. When the steam-boat stopped, which she did from some cause to him unknown, a man of the name of Cox, cmployed on board, got 011 with him ahout eight o'clock. He remained on the bale of cotton, and was taken off by Captain Meeker, of the sloop Merchant, of Stock. port, The sloop saw the tire soon after it broke out, and attempted to giit out of the harbour; but it being shallow, and the tide falling, they caught ground, and did not get oilt until morning tide, Cox died about eight o'clock, on the bale with Hilliard. Captain Hilliard is now On board, from Bridgeport of New York." We have heard particulars frightful enough to appal the stoutest heart, although imperfectly detailed. One account says that the fire was discovered under a tier of cotton bales, piled amidships, against the wooden box or frame which en- closed the pipe leading from the fire room below, this boat having her boiler in her kelson, or under deck. This pipe led through the freight above, and tbe ignition of the cotton had become so extensive before the fire-engine and hose of the boat could be put in operation, that both crew and passengers were so overwhelmed in smoke and the natural agitation of the mo- ment, that all efforts to subdue the fire were unavailing. A rush was then made for the boats, but they were filled to over- flowing, and were swamped alongside the burning boat. So far as we can learn, not a soul but the three above-mentioned were saved. The deaths of the sufferers were awful-fire 1 water! frost and cold!—Oh, God! oh, God! can human imagination picture a death more horrible. Tbe Lexington had 60,000 dollars in specie on board. She was insured against fire in 20,000 dollws. Over thirty stores were shut in the city as soon as the news was received. Captain Hilliard was saved from perishing by frost because his body was in the water, and his head only out. The boat drifted with the tide, and sank at three o'clock on Tuesday morning, off Bridgeport harbour. It is feared that Professor Longfellow is lost in her; perhaps no one will ever know all that were lost in her. The thought is awful. Finn, the comedian, the wit, the humourist, died this awful death. The German Professor in Harvard University was there. [From the New York Courier, of January 20.] THE LFXINC.IOX.—The steam-boat Statesman has recovered five bodies of the unfortunate passengers. We have thirty packages of baggage, and the life boat of the Lexington. From Crane Neck Light to Old Man's Landing, 12 or 15 miles east, including the deep bays adjacent, the coast is covered with pieces of the wreck. Captain Wm. Terrell, of the sloop Im- provement, was, with his vessel, within four or five miles of the Lexington at the time she commenced burning, and thinks if he had immediately repaired to her assistance, he could have saved a great number of lives. The reason he gives for not doing so, is, that he would have lost his tide over the bar, at the point to which he was bound, and accordingly pursued his inhuman course, -leaving upwards of one hundred persons to die the worst of deaths The circumstances of his ullparallelled cruelty will hereafter be more clearly exposed.—All the vessels in port have, since the news of this fatal disaster, their flags at half mast. ANOTHER STEAM-BOAT BURNED.—American steam-boat dis- asters are unfortunately very frequent, and like other misfor- tunes they seldom come singly. A steamer called the Belle, on her way from New Orleans to St. Louis, took fire near a place called Liberty, Illinois, and was almost instantly con- sumed. She had on board about two hundred Germans—men, women, and children. No lives were lost, but the poor crea- tures sustained a loss nearly as great—the whole of their pro- perty and effects, nothing having been saved but the clothing which they wore at the time.

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