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I KILLED ON SCAWFELL. I FALL OVER A PRECIPICE. ¡ The accident which oceuried at Scawfell on Monday, September 21, when four tourists were killed while attempting to scale that mountain. has been followed by the death of another tourist while climbing almost at the same place In the case of the four tourists they were roped together. and were attempting to ascend Lords Rake by its stecD face. In the present instance, the unfor- tunate gentleman and his companion were not roped. They had successfully accomplished their climbing, and were descending to the Wastwater Hotel, when one of them, Mr. Alexander Goodall, Clifford House, Keswick. slipped on the, frozen snow, slid for some distance, and then fell over the precipice into Lord s Rake below. Death was instantaneous. The yearly gathering of climbing men at Was- daie ixeau na.s become all institution, and the Christmas and New Year holidays never pass without an assembly there oi men more or less practised in climbing. Un Saturday morning tlw parties dispersed 111 various tracks. One party, consising of Air. A. Goodail, of Keswick, Air. F. iiotteril'l, ol Leeds, Air. M. Williamson, of Preston, and Air. W. L. Benbow, of Harrogate, were climbing in the Scawieli groups. Shortly alter mid-day Air. Botteriil and Air. Goodall, who were both experienced rock climbers, left the others near the Lords Rake to climb the Scawfell Pinnacle. They did not attempt the hazardojs loute which proved fatal to the four tourists in September last, but, after trying a portion of it, climbed by the ascent from the steep ghyll, first liiacle in July. 1388, by Messrs. Simgsby Hastings. E. Hopkuison, and Haskett Smith. Going up the ghyll and by what is known as Slingsby's Chimney of the summit, they climbed very well. There was a very fine sunset, and the climbers went to the Cairn on the summit to view it. They then detoured to make the descent by the Deep Ghvll the rocky rift which splits the pinnacle from ocawfcll. Ordinarily this is a rock climb, bem »■ as its name implies, a deep ghyll with two blocked places to be dealt with in ascending and descend- ing. But, on Saturday, the ghyll was practicallv lnled with snow, and presented to the climbers the appearance of a safe glissade down which with the drag of an alpenstock or ice-axe, an ex- hilarating and safe descent might be made. j,1r Hotterill and Mr. Goodall, wlso had un wired afti-,r the climb, were preparing to descend in that manner. Mr Botterill proposed that he should go first. from the point where they stood, down- wards. there was about 60 feet of snow, ter- imnatmc; in a fringe of loose screes. Mr. Bottcril1 proposed to lead, but Mr. Goodall said he would like to go first as he wanted a little more ex- perience of glissading. They had only one ice-axe. lhis Air. Goodall took, and went down to the screes and over them to the lower edge, where he stopped dead. Immediately afterwards he ap- peared to lose nis balance. He fell on his back and lost his hold of the axe. which he had driven imo the screes, and which, if he could have held to, would have supported him. He was wearino- gloves, and it is supposed these prevented his retaining hold of the shaft. Then, before the affrightc,d gaze of his companion, i he continued to slide di ow- n the slope, first on his back and side anu then turning on his face. head foremost, until lie disappeared from view about 150ft. above the upper pitch, and some 250ft. from the top. From this point his course was over an unbroken ice- fall. some 250ft. further to the base of the deep ghyll debouching on Lords Rake. on the rocks of which he struck, and was instantly killed The other members of the party were on the portion of the crags near the Lords Rake, and had [U.-CU jo neupv ?r. n.hary. of Co!ne, and Mr. iIlicar and Mr. Moritz, of London. The iatter two were preparing for the turn to Wasdale Head when one of them said there was a man coming down the Deep Ghyll. It. was apparent that an accident had happened, and a few moments later the party were standing round the inanimate form .'t Mr. GoodaH. Tlic, ?lac (' hei*(,, the bodv fell is some distance below the erwo.,s which n?ks the site of the death of Professor Marshall. Some of the members of the party immediately left for Wasdale Head to bring assistance, and Air. F. I ayne, of Chesterfield, a: other experienced climber. coming up with rare. he, with Mr. lilliearcl and Mr. ?oritz. prepared to go in search of Mr, HotteriH. who had not yet appeared On seei• ng Mr. Goodall !ose his ice-axe, Mr. Botterii! divined what proved to be the case, and the cause of the accident was the sudden conversion belovo the fringe of screes, of snow. to an ice fall. Having no ice-axe, he turned across the breast of the summit of Scawfell, intending to enter the Lords Rake by its utter extremity, and so accomplish the descent. But the top of the Lords Rake is bv no means easy to find in the broken rocky ground, and, failing to discover it. Mr. Botterill returned to the top of the Deen Ghyll, and set himself the hazardous task of attempting- th descent, whtch had just proved fatal to his com- panion Fortunately, when he reached the scr-es he found there the ice-axe which Mr. Goodall had been unanle to retain. With this he step bv step cut his laborious way down the ice slope to the foot of the ghyll. where he arrived after three hours' exertion and much imminent peril. In the mean- time Mr. Payne, Mr. Tilliea;d, and Mr. Aloritz, the last two of whom had remained with Mr. Goodall while assistance was coming from Wasdale Head, had roped and were attempting, by means of step-cutting in the ice, to make their way up the ghyll to the assistance of Mr. Botterill. This attempt the extreme danger of the task in the growing darkness had just compelled them to re- linquish when Air. Botterill arrived amongst: them at the end of his arduous and dangerous descent. The relief party from Wasdale, including Mr. W hi. ting, of the Wastwater Hotel, and Mr. Winter- bottom and Mr. Harris, of Sheffield, had also come up, and the body of Mr. Goodall being placed rn a stretcher, was taken to the Wastwater Hotel, where the party arri ved shortly after eleven o'clock. The fatal slip had taken place about four o'clock in the afternoon. Mr. Botterill, who, in the face of a terrible shock, seems to have re- tained splendid nerve and courage, although much exhausted by his exertions, was on SLzi-dty well. Mr. Goodall was a reporter and a newspaper corre- spondent.






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