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Chapter NumberIII
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39666068
Full Date1898-04-30
Page Number2
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Word Count610
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Newspaper TitleLaunceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899)
Trove TitleThe Children in the Snow. A True Story
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FOR THE CHILDREN. THE CHILDREN IN THE SNOW. A? True Story. CHAPTE?R III. The night passed, and the morning dawned, bringing little comfort with it, however. .\lore snow had fallen. The barriers round the cottage had become more than ever formidable. 'A second and third day passed, little Agnces consoling l1er ltock, and tak ing such care for their comfort as she could, and still calling on the children night and morning to say prayers for the safety of'their parents and them selves. On the fourth day the snow was found to have drifted. Banked up on one side, passages were left exposed on the other. The wooden bridge was still 'hopelessly impractcable, but, avoiding the brook, it seemed possible that a road might be found into Grass mere over dertain low walls in the rear of. the cottage. The Westmoreland field-walls are rudely put together without cement-mere stones loosely piled upon each other. Still, they are too . high for a child to climb over without mature assistance or very con siderable exertion; but they are of such crazy construction, that by the inserlion and plying of a stick lever fashion, the stones may readily, be dis placed and tile wails lowered. With the assistance of her brothers, Agnes was at last enabled to escape from the cottage, and, crossing the walls, to gain the pathway into Grasmere. In such a case the first house she came to was the right one to enter. The news the frightened child brought was sure *to secure her a hospitable greeting and the warmest. sympathy. Soon it was known throughout the vale that neither George nor Sarah Green had been seen by their children since the day of the sale at Langdale head. The male population of Gras mere at once assembled in consults, tion. Some sixty men decided upon searching the mountains for the miss ing ones. They divided themselves into exploring parties, and arranged a 'plan of communicating with each other by means of signals, in the event of perilous mists rising or fur ther falls of snow. The service was one of considerable danger. The days were short and' dark, the mountains were thickly coated with snow,, the searchers might easily share the fate of those they sought. It was neces sary to depart, from the, usual tracks, and in the case of a fog, or, still worse, a blinding snow-shower, there was much risk of their being themselves lost upont the mountains. Still there was.no hesitation. Every inch of the pathiway from Langdale to Easedale was examined, and a large margin was investigated on either side of it; yet the traces sought could not be dis covered. "We'll go up day after day until we find them!" was the sturdy cry. It was necessary to extend the system of search. Sonce time had been lost by adhering to the opinion that the Greens would eventually be found at no great distance from their proper pathway. It was not at first com. prehended that people who lose their way are apt tol wander miles and miles from the right track, hnd must neces sarily he looked for at a. wide dis teance from it. For some five days the search was ineffectual. Yet there was no flinch. ing from its further prosecution. At length, sagacious dogs were taken up, and at noon-day a, shout was heard high upon tIhe mountains amongst dense volumes of cloudy vapour: caught up and repeated by bands and bands of the explorers, the news was conveyed from a distance of several miles, and, as it were, telegraphed to Grasmere. 'The bodies had been found.