HEROIC RESOURCES AT BUSH FIRES.

HEROIC RESOURCES AT BUSH FIRES.

For the second time within two months Sydney, New South Wales, was visited last month with bush fires, which swept vast areas of the country, sometimes a million acres at a time. The loss of life has been great, and hundreds of homesteads, farm buildings, schools and churches have been destroyed, and thousands of cattle, horses and sheep have perished. The latest reported were in the Gippsfand district of Victoria, where there took place many heroic rescues. At one place in that territory the flames swept up to a school in which were eighteen children. The buildings were quickly in flames; but the teacher hurried his class into the garden, made them lie down and covered them with blankets. These he saturated with water from a tank, passing repeatedly through the flames to fetch the water. He was seriously injured, but succeeded in saving all the children. A farmer, also, finding the fire unexpectedly upon him, stripped himself to the waist, and with his wife, his daughters and a baby, fought his way with a flail through the burning hush. It is likewise told of two farmers that they carried a delirious comrade for several miles through flames and smoke. A little girl, too, in trying to protect her baby sister from the burning, clothes round her little sister. She was terribly had her own clothes set on fire. She tore them “ff. stamped out the sparks and wrapped the clothes around her little sister. She was terribly burned—but she saved the baby’s life.

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