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THE GABN0N-8TRBET MURDER.I

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THE GREAT EASTERN AND THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH. As the time draws near for the departure of the Great Eastern the utmost activity is observable on board in order that the great ship may be ready to leave her moorings in the Medway, at the latest, on Saturday, the 30th. With this view relays of work- men are employed, almost without intermission, both by day and night. Up to Saturday evening at the hour for the hands discontinuing work there only remained a length of cable of a little over 400 miles to be received on board, and by extra exertions the re- maining length will be shipped by the end of the present week. The whole of the 1,660 knots of new cable has been completed, and in the course of the present week the two Government vessels the Ame- thyst and Iris, lent by the Admiralty, and employed from the commencement in transporting the cable from the works to the Great Eastern, will receive on board their last freights for conveyance round to the Medway. The weight of the new cable is about 38cwt. per mile, which is almost doable the weight of the original Atlantic cable. The total quantity of cable to be taken out will exceed 2,700 milss. The steamer Medway, 1,900 tons, belonging to the company, will aceompany the Great Eastern, and will convey about 400 mileEl of the cable on board. The tanks for the stowage of this quantity of cable have been fitted on board that vessel, and by the time the Great Eastern is ready to take her departure everything will be in readiness on board the Medway. The paddle-wheel steamer Terrible will again accompany the Great Eastern; but it would seem that the Admiralty have intimated that a second vessel of war cannot be spared this year. The screw steamer Albany, a vessel of 1,500 tons, will accompany the expedition to render assistance, and to carry stores and sup- plies, besides which the screw steamer William Corry is also being fitted to proceed to sea with the other vessels. After completing her coaling the great ship will proceed direct to Valeatia, and commence the work of laying the cable about the 7th or 8 th of July. No doubt whatever is entertained by Captain Anderson of his being able to place the Great Ea.stern as near as possible over the spot at which the lost end of the cable lies, notwithstanding that the buoys which were left to mark the locality are swept away. Sup- posing the exact spot to be reached, the work of grappling for and, when found, hauling in the lost cable will be commenced, to accomplish which new machinery of enormous strength has been constructed and fitted on board. Twenty miles' length of wire grappling ropes have been manufactured at the com- pany's works, and some idea of the enormous strength of this rope may be formed when it is stated that it is nearly eight inches in circumference, and is manu- factured of the toughest possible steel wire. Daring the brief interval which will elapse before the Great Eastern takes her departure from the Med- way there is still a considerable amount of work remaining to be completed on board. Chief among this is the fitting up the enormous crinoline" guard, weighing upwards of 17 tons, over the screw, the object of which is to prevent the cable while being paid out coming in contact with the propeller- Some improvements suggested by the experience of last year, have also been made in tne maohinery of the Great Eastern, among other things the padulewheels are being fitted with disconnecting gear. Everything is now completed aloft, new wire rigging replacing that which was found to be unsound, masts and rigging entirely painted down, and funnels repaired. The decks are still crowded with machinery, workshops, and gear for coiling the cable, but much of this will be cleared away durmg the present week. The three tanks in which the cable is deposited, have been repaired and painted, and are again water-tight, while extra precautions have been taken in the way of additional supports to resist the enormous pressure during the possible rolling of the great ship in a beam sea. The work of coaling will be carried on up to the moment of the vessel leaving Chatham, and even then an additional quantity will have to be taken in at Bearhaven.

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