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The New Zealand Evangelist

Loss of Life

Loss of Life.

Property is valuable, but we lament to say that what is incomparably more dear to its possessor, life, has been lost in this calamity. During the second great shock, on Tuesday the 17th, Barrack Serjeant Lovel and two of his children were opposite the Commissariat store in Tarish-street, of which he had the charge; the shock was so sharp and sudden, that before they could escape a brick wall fell upon them all; the youngest, a girl of four years of age, was instantaneously killed; the other child, a boy of seven, died that same night; and Mr. Lovel himself died on the following Friday, leaving a widow and two young children to lament his sudden and unexpected death. He was 57 years of age. He was buried on the Saturday after, with military honours, and followed to the grave also by a great many of the civilians, in respect to his character and the occasion of his death. But heavy as the hand of God has fallen on this family, claiming our warmest sympathies, and most earnest prayers, we are happy to say that not another accident has occurred. No other family has to lament the loss of any of its members, and beyond these three, not another individual has had a hair of his head touched. Another singular preservation of life was experienced on Thursday night, the 25th, The barque Subraon, with about forty passengers on board, for Sydney, struck on a rock near the mouth of the harbour; but though completely wrecked, and the danger great, not a life was lost.