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WIGGINS TO THE FORE., Auckland Star, Volume XIX, Issue 3931, 10 March 1883
WIGGINS TO THE FORE.
PBOFESSOB Wiggins is in luck. He pro dieted a torrific storm on the Atlantic for the 7th of March, and an English cablegram beating that date says: " A severe gale, accompanied by a heavy fall of snow, bas boen experienced over the greater part of England. Much damage has been caused on land by tho wind and snowdrifts, and many disasters at sea aro reported owing to the severity of tho gale winch raged along the coast." He warned tho people of Sydney tbat the storm would fall on this quarter of the globe on the 10th, and punctual to time, wo arc having a northerly buster, notwithstanding that our weather prophet Captain Edwin, whose forecasts are conspicuously wrong live time- out ol six unless mado when everyone else has seen the storm brewing, tolegraphed throughout the colony yesterday ih it from observations made he could "find no traces of the storm which Mr Wiggins, of Ottawa, saya will pass over tho Aus'ralian colonies to-morrow. Capt, Edwin is also of opinion that tho .torm wonld give 48 hours' notice of its approach." a, telegram from Captain Edwin, at 11.30 this forenoon, warns Aucklunders to '•Expect a bard gale between notth aud cast and south-east, 'lho glass shows a further fall, and a very heavy rain may bo expected soon, but thero is no indication of a gale of exceptional violence." Before this " warning" reached ns, wo wero well through our nor'-eastor, and were also persuaded that the heavy rainfall of this forenoon represented all the downfall for tho present. As tor the " galo of exceptional violence^" it may be coining yet, but up to the time of writing, tho " blow " of last night and this morning has been a very ordinary aflair, and has not wrought any damuge so far as can bo learned. It has b.cn blowing very hard outside, but no danger is apprehended to i-ny of the ordinary craft. But there is a wide dirtioction between the hurricane and tidal wave predicted by the redoubtable Wig-ins aud the nonheily blow oi to-day. Ihe American papers by tbe mail contain the following references to the last of Wiggins's storm warnings :— Washington, February 9th.—Tuero »re no indications of a heavy storm, as predicted tot-day by the wentner prophet Wig" gins, f§P it is understood he has withdrawn tbe prnphecy conceruinu tho great hurricane and tidal wave for Marsh 11th. N-W YORK, February _otb.— The "Herald " prints an alleged interview with Wiggins, the weather prophet, at Ot awa, Ont, who accounted for his fuiiure yesterday as follows :—" Tho astronomical day begins ut noon on meridian of London, and our day begins at twelve o'clock at night. I overlooked this fact, so that the side of the earth presented to the planetaty lorce was opposite to that which I gave. I did not notice my mistake until this evening, so the storm fell on tbo Pacific insteauof the Atlantic. This is the first storm prediction tbat I ever made that did not take plaoe; we will get the toil end of the utorm yet. lt will strike heavily on the east coast of Africa. However, the failure of this storm removes a world of responsibility from my mind, for the storm I predicted for March has hung over me like a nightmare, on account ofthe horror it has struck on the public mind throughout the world, as evidenced by the pile of letters daily received, and if this storm had happened, hundreds, in anticipating the March storm, would havo become insane through fear of its result." " Will you now retire from the field as a weather prophet?" " Yes, as far as publishing letters in newspapers goes." CHIOAOO, February 12th.—Dr. E. Stone Wiggius telegraphs to the "Times" as follows of tho rccout storm ;—" The storm camo as predicted, but the fa_:os producing it united over tho western coast ot r> merica instead of tho eastern. The foroes before u-itiug passed over the contiuent west like tho fiuger'B of a man's hand, the exp-nded tops of tbo fiugors being ' toward the cast. Ono crossed tho Gulf of Mexico, ono through tho Gulf of St. Lawrence and State of New York, and tho third over Western Ontario, meeting west of Mexico instead of south of Newfoundland, In my almanac I say the storm will begin on the 9th and continue four day*-, with a heavy snow yet to follow. Thero is n. general snow blockade over tbe continent, and in Lockport, Ind., and at othor places on tho storm veins, tolegraph poles wero blown down." Tho _an Francisco Bullotin" of Febroary [10th, remarks:-A prophet is commonly without honour in his own country, and a ' weather ptophet is complacently regarded with humorous derision. Of all the prophets that havo sprung up lately, Wiggi ns, the Canadian weather sharp, has fallen to tho lowest depth of prophetic disgrace and dishonour. He is a prophet without honour in his own or any other country, Unfortunately he Ins had a largo circle of marine friends, whose credulity equals their superstition. Somo of them gave heed to his forecasts of alarming storms, and remained ashore in secure harbours on certain days dcignated by the prophet. The storms did not sweep ovor tho land and sea at the times I appointed and the skippers began to show signs of diminished faltb. Then Wiggins \ rallied and sent out another prophesy, predictiog a seveto galo on the Atlantic to-day. He Bapplemcnted tho prophesy with a personal request addressed to his marine friends, imploring them to stay ashore ou this Friday, February Oth. The Signal Servico men laughed, but concluded to look out for the hurricane Friday comes about all right on tho 9th February, as Wiggins predicted, but the storm "is left somewhere ou tho route." xvow comes tho telegrams from the Atlantic Coast reporting calm aud delightful weather, and on the Pacific Coast the weather, as usual, is charming and agrecublo. Undismayed by past pn.photic reverses, Wiggins prodicts a furious, raging, first-class howlinz gale on Mutch 7th, aud adds to the prophecy tbat tho storm will bo very severe in the .Pacific Ocean, and tspecially so in the latitude of SAn Francisco.. If tbe storm does not come as predicted, Wiguins must go to tho foot of the class. We shall havo nothiDg lo do with Canadian prophets. If wo must have weather prophets we shall thereafter raise thorn ourselves and thus stiinulato home industry, If the storm comes on time aud with proper fury, then Wiggins shall be banquoted and ffited, and honoured as Californisns delight to honour a good and true prophet, or an ex-Major-General of tho militia.
WIGGINS TO THE FORE., Auckland Star, Volume XIX, Issue 3931, 10 March 1883
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