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Throughout the night of October and the greater part of the two following days, a gale of wind blew which will leave its record in many a sad tale of wreck and death. Of such tempests London knows little by experience, and rarely hears of them save when^ l the coasts and seaports send tidings inland. A vast city protects itself in some measure from the violence of a storm : its houses shelter each other, so that, except for falling chimneypots and rattling windows, the blast which is driving ships from their anchorage or dashing them on a leeshore passes almost unnoticed. T&d inhabitants of the metropolis, however/., had no need this time of mournful'’ • telegrams arriving from every point of. - the south-western and western shores!, of the kingdom to tell them that an extraordinary and destructive storm was blowing. At an early hour on October 14 the frantic gusts,, which howled, and roared and drove the heavy rain against the casements, awakened" many a sound sleeper. Those who were already abroad saw. the - wild scud flying across the sky, the leaves whirling through the air and along the streets, and the vicinity of the parks arid squares strewn with large branches of the trees, which were violently tossed, clothed as they were in the almost undiminished.,'l foliage of summer. In Kensington Gardens a score, at least, of fine timber trees, with many newly-planted saplings, ! j lay victims to the blast. An elm which; fell down at Haverstock Hill killed a v cabman. In Burlington street, near : * the Arcade, the front of a publichouse was blown clean out, crushing a cab! which stood underneath. All kinds of curious or lamentable tales come,, in!;i : telling of the damage wrought by the storm among the buildings and parks:... of London and other towns and cities. The roof of a baker’s shop was blown off in Wych street, Strand. Oxford has suffered severely. Many of the splendid elms ornamenting the Broad Walk and the various. College gardens have been levelled to the ground, a loss irreparable forf a century to come, for beautiful : buildings can be restored, but the <■* stately trees which form so grand a part of the picturesqueness of such a. city cannot be soon replaced. At '. ■ Bournemouth the vane and cross of St. Peter’s Church was blown off, and fell 1 crashing through the roof on the seats h • of the worshippers. Telegraphic wires are on all sides overthrown by the . l . wind, and the Postmaster - General; . ’ warns the kingdom to expect delays .! and lost messages. At Windsor serious . mischief has been done to the timber b;:j. about the Castle and in the Long Walken)-I At Trowbridge a train from Salisbury " was very nearly wrecked by runniiVginto two overturned trucks which had" ,f! been fairly blown from one line to the other. But it is, of course, tl\e seaport towns and villages which have I the worst accounts to contHbutp. Swansea and Cardiff reported had an awful night, with frightful seas. At Lylharn a perfect hnrricane pre- .! vailed, sweeping over sea and land, and "X swamping every one of the smaller craft at anchor. All round those of our coasts which lie open to the southwest and west similar messages of de- : ( ’ L struction and distress poured in. We hear of mail steamers forced to put back or to stay in harbor ; of vessels seen for one moment laboring in the sea, and at the next lost to sight; of others driving with torn sails and-splin-tered spars before the tempest,' ' The flagstaff on the Chain Pier at Brightori - was split, the waves washed over the Capstone Rock at Ilfracombe, and large craft in harbor, which might be considered safe, were in several instances dashed together, while a vessel in the South-west India Docks was capsized bodily. The wrecks during the week were 130 British and foreign, of which 105 were British, 15 being steamers, making a total of 1,364 for the present year, or an increase of [364 } as compared with the corresponding { period of last year. The increase po the week was 104. The approximate, n , t value of property lost was L 8,000,990,, r . including British L 6,000,000. Eightyfive vessels, chiefly British, were lost off the coasts of the United Kingdom: ; during the gale, only 20 being wrecked : in the early part of the week in differ-. , ent parts of the world. The lives lost,/ and missing numbered 138. —Eutopeatt Mail. .

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FEARFUL STORM THROUGHOUT ENGLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 505, 10 December 1881

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FEARFUL STORM THROUGHOUT ENGLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 505, 10 December 1881