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---!LLANDUDNO AS IT WAS.

IDEATH OF COLONEL CHARLES…

YULETIDE SALE OF WORK.

I . JOHN BRIGHT - COUNTY SCHOOL.

THE WRECK OF THE "ELLAN VANNIN."

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THE WRECK OF THE "ELLAN VANNIN." Fierce howled the gale-, the seething torrent waves Surged ruthless o'er the vessels groaning beam, White on his bridge the dauntless cap- tain braves With utt'rance hoarse to drown the tempest's scream. Prepared for action at their chief's com- mand The hardy Manxmen to grim duty stand, With awful knowledge which they mayn't dispel That in this life they never more will greet By native hearth in the gold cushag's dell, The encircling arms of spouse or infant sweet. Beneath with throes of torn maternity Before the entrance of eternity, The fainting women to each other cling, (One with a babe in mazes of kind sleep), Their prayers and pains in wild confusion ring For the rude buffets of the surge's sweep. A sullen crash! a rush of wheltering flood, Mingled with anguish and lamenting wail Overwhelms the precincts where those pilgrims stood. Blurring with mystery their earthly tale. u .J ¡ Yea, within glimmer of the harbour's light, 0 All powerless the gallant craft to save, Tho' mortail forces with eternal fight, The "El ian Vannin" plunges to her grave, Where eddying currents of the mighty deep The secre.s of these tragic souls shall keep HAROLD RATHBONE. 7th December, 1909.

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