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Y- THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE. On Saturday a deputation of members of Parlia- ment and other gentlemen waited upon the Lord Mayor of London at the Mansion House for the purpose of asking his lordship to open a Mansion House fund in relief of the sufferers by the recent earthquake in Essex and the eastern counties. The deputation consisted, amongst others, of Sir Charles Du Cane, Sir Henry Tyler, M.P., Mr. James Round, M.P., Mr. Causton, M.P., Mr. E. T. Round, the Mayor and Town Clerk of Colchester, Mr. S. Chaplin, Mr. Charles Hoare, the Rev. Dr. Baillie, Mr. Willis, Q.C., M.P., Mr. J. Jackson of Wivenhoe Hall, Mr. Coope, M.P., Mr. Courtauld M.P., Hon. C. H. Strutt, M.P., Mr. Percy Mitford, Mr. H. J. Trotter, Mr. J. Bowtree, and Mr. F. B. Philbrick. Sir Charles Du Cane, in introducing the deputation, said their object was to ask the Lord Mayor to be kind enough to allow a subscription list to be opened at the Mansion House for the relief of the numerous sufferers who had sustained heavy losses by the shock of earthquake which had been" felt in the eastern counties and around Colchester, especially on Tuesday last. The photographs which his lordship had before him gave a vivid impression of the terrible damage which had occurred through this visitation. Not only had great damage been done in Colchester and the immediate neighbourhood, but four large Tillages had been almost completely wrecked, their churches and public buildings destroyed, and in other places there was not a single house which had escaped damage. The calamity would fall with peculiar heaviness on those least able to bear it. If the loss had been confined to Colchester, no appeal would have been made to the general public; but it fell upon cottagers and villagers, who without such assistance were utterly unable to meet the losses which had befallen them. In these circumstances they thought, it was a matter which would commend itself to the sympathy of the Lord Mayor and the citizens at large, and that they would show that sympathy in a calamity brought very near to their own doors in a practical way. Mr. Round, M.P., referred to the exceptional character of the shock, stating that every public and private building throughout the tract of country ex- tending along the Colne and between Wivenhoe and Mersea Island had been injured, and in some cases wrecked. They did not, however, desire to bring binder his lordship's notice particularly the case of the larger landlords who had been almost ruined. It was the case of the small cottagers who owned the cottages they occupied that they desired' to draw at- tention to, and they had been involved in great mis- fortune by this exceptional calamity. The Mayor of Colchester informed the Lord Mayor of the great damage done in Colchester and in the villages of Wigbourne and Peldon, and particularly in the villages lying between Colchester and the Mersea Island; and The Rev. Mr. Watson spoke of his experience of the earthquake at Great and Little Wigbourne, and of the damage done to the church there and at Pel- don, and to other buildings public and private. Mr. O. Coope, M.P., who had come fresh from the districts in which the disaster had occurred, stated that one or two of the villages had the appearance of having undergone a bombardment. Mr. Jackson, of Wivenhoe, said that the damage done in that and the two adjoining villages would ex- ceed £ 9000. Mr. Willis, M.P., and Mr. Edward Round having also spoken, The Lord Mayor said: I have listened with very great interest to the sad statements which have been made, and I think this is a case which certainly appeals very strongly to the public sympathy. The 'last occasion on which my predecessor appealed to the public was in respect of a similar cala.mity-the earth- quake at Ischia—about eight or nine months ago. That was a very sad calamity, and though this one was not near so severe, there are circumstances about it which will justify me in opening a Mansion House fund. Colchester and the district around are so near to London that this comes very much home to our own doors. Indeed, we are told that some people in London felt the shock. As one of the speakers had stated, had the earthquake occurred in London instead of the comparatively sparsely populated country the consequences would have been very terrible, and the thought of this should commend the appeal to the public. In England we have visitations of various kinds, and occasionally largo fires bringing distress to a large number of persons and leaving them homeless but hitherto, I am happy to say. we have been exempt from earthquakes. It has been thought that they were confined either to tropical countries or climates lying far south of England. This, then, is a new experience in England. It is quite true that we have had very slight shocks before, but this is the first time that, one has occurred causing very considerable damage. This considerat ion also ought to weigh with the public in inducing them to give a very liberal response to the appeal I am making in behalf of those who have suffered so largely. I need .not say that anything which I cnn do to assist the fund I shall gladly do, and I shall be very pleased to place the Mansion House at your disposal. Mr. Causton, M.P., thanked the Lord Mayor -warmly for acceding to the request of the deputation, and stated that Mr. S. Morley. M.P.. had promised zElOO, and that letters of sympathy had been received from Colonel Makins, M.P., Mr. Gurdon, M.P., Sir T. F. Buxton, and Mr. E. N. Buxton. The Hon. C. H. Strutt, M.P., also thanked the Lord Mayor, who, in reply, said that he had received £100 from the Earl of Essex. A subscription list was at once opened and it was announced at the close of tlie proceedings that upwards of X700 had been received.

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