A serious accident occurred on board the Light Brigade on Monday afternoon, by which tho assistant engineer, Frank Williams, nearly lost bis life. There were usually two ladders at the after hatch, but when the accident happened one of them had been removed. Williams was going below, and apparently was unaware of this, for he attempted to step from the ladder he was standing on to tho other, and in doing so fell into the lower hold, a distance of from 25 to 30 feet. When he fell there were a number of loose boxes, casks, and other cargo, which of course rendered the fall the more serious. As soon as he was picked up he said he was "all right," but since then he has been unable to move hand or foot, and apparently all his limbs arc paralysed. He retains his consciousness, however, sufficiently to express his wants. Yesterday he was brought up to town in the Kate, s., and was at once conveyed to the hospital.
TELEGRAPHIC. (1869, December 15). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. TROVE