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A Seagull Brings News
A SEA CULL. Brines the Xewt of a Famous Disaster on the Indian Ocean. "The news of a famous disaster on the great Indian ocean was brought to the living by a sea gull," says a writer. "Some years ago the ocean liner Atlantis, plying between Liverpool and Calcutta, was lost in the Indian sea, and all on board perished. At that time I was sailing fi'om London to New South Wales via the Red and the Indian seas. The boat I was on was the Tritonia, a good, sound vessel, and I had an enjoyable trip. While sailing in the Indian sea a sea gull was one day captured, and about its neck was tied a small note, which read: ' "Atlantis struck on the Harad Rock. Wa »re»U108t. PATHKR COATHC " This remarkable message was all that was ever found. The boat had sailed some five months previous, well stocked with merchandise and passengers and had been duly inspected and pronounced seaworthy. It must have been a terrific shock that caused her to sink. But the messenger was strange. Who father Coathe was and how he happened to have a sea gull at hand willjalways remain a mystery. What wonderful courage he must have had, standing as he did on the brink of eternity and there writing a message to the living. We continued our journey to Sidney, where the note and the sea gull were both delivered to the harbormaster, together with the evidence of the crew. This was afterwards sent to England where the knowledge was distributed. It seems to me that a few such facts as these would serve to build tf narrative \ipon, and you can easily believe that it wotild be more interesting than fic- tioa."