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THE WINTER IN ENGLAND.

A London correspondent, writing on February Bth, gives some remarkable details of the e ft-.cbs of the severe weather whloh was being experienced in tbe United Kingdom, The reports only confirm what we have already heard as to the Arctic tiijor of the .English winter, and give a likeness of truth to the nld saying, " As the rtays lengthen the cold strengthens." Ten degrees below zero aeecn to have been experienced, not In one place, bat in several, and in Saotland Mill lower readings are chronicled. The Braemar Observaiory recorded as much as 49 degrees of frost, and still fnrtber north the temperature fell an additional 10 degrees if amateur obser vatlons are to be relied on. There . has. probably never been snch a season for.akatera within the memory of man. All tbe lakes in Westmoreland and Cumberland baar, says a correspondent writing on February 15ch, and thousands are skating on Windermere. Many of the English and Scotch rivers were frozen over. " The Kent, wi*h ODe of the fastest currents anvmc Enc'lsh rivers, beats tor miles. Oa the Net c and Oase a4O mile •katiog rnn can be outlined. The Dee is frozen from bunk to b luk for miles " The tipper waters of thn Thames were thronged with skaters. Nearly 100,000 psopte wore npan tbe Serpentine on tbe 12th, and n battalion of tbe Grenadier Gnarde, 800 strong, was drilled upon the same sheet of ice. The Severn was frozen at \ft orcester, and large numbers of pedestrians crossed from one part of the city to the other by means of the ice. Cyclists rode across the Thames at Kingston, a gentleman on horseback did the same, and " a man drove a horse and cart np and down the river for a considerable distance. A number of working men also lighted a fire and ate their dlarer on the ice la midstream. A cricket ruitch wna played on tbe ice in the Fen district, the players skating, and nil wearing tall hats and using very narrow bats. On the liver Chnrnet) a boathonse took fire, and the fire engine drove a mile over the ice to subdne the flames." It is a rare experience for English firemen to be halt roasted and frozen at the same time, but it is mentioned that at a fierce fire at tbe London Bocks "ths firemen were completely encased in ice, which froze on their nnl forms, hair, and beards. The water in tbe hose froze if the stream were suspended for even a few moments, and this - ..notwithstanding that the (limes were so fierce, that tbe men could not face them far any Jeocth of time " The remarkable spectacle of a fjpzen sea was tn be witnessed in severSrJioc -Hties. Sheerness harbor was blocked by an Immense ice pack nine miles long by a mile wide, nnd the men-of-war in the docks were frozen in their berths. At W bistable solid ice extended seaward for 200 yards, and the sea at Blackpool in Lancashire was frez:n tor more than a mile, to the amazement of the oldest rtsidents, who bad never seen snch a sight before. The lower reaches of the Thames were filled with floating ice floes, through which only tbe most powerfnl steamers could force a passage, and hnndre ds of derelict) barges, akiffa, and Dther eraf D drifted ud and down with tbe ice. Owing to the thickness of tbe ice drownicg accidents among skaters were fewer than usuil, hit on tbe other hand the severity of the weather proved fatal to numbers of people. " Half a dozen omnibus drivers and conductors have died at their posts ; and cabmen, postmen, milkmen, prison warders, and bakers have fallen dead while pursuing th<-ir ordinary avocations. During the past) four dajs (ending February 15th) over 100 ii>qnests have been held in London, and in about eighty cases the Intense cold was the direct or indirect cause of death." Throughout the country •s. appalling di'treas prevailed among the poor, and this, taken in connection with tbe many remarkable incidents of the great frost, will m-ike the past winter a memorable one.

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THE WINTER IN ENGLAND., Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9955, 3 April 1895

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THE WINTER IN ENGLAND. Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9955, 3 April 1895

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