BEFORE Ttf « STORM.
Wiggins, the weather Prophet, scored a 'ncky hit m his prediction of a great storm on the 10th ult. (though the s orm proved a veiy ordinary * one after all.) Notwithstanding his former failure, the greatest interest was manifested as the j 12th of March approached, and the papers noted, every change m the barometer as the appointed day approached. The excitement that prevailed is chronicled m the following telegram : — Ottawa, March 8. : — Great excitement has been created m the Ottawa district by the blinding snowstorm which set m yesterday and continues to-day. Several fdrniprs m the coomrf districts have deserted their homfls and are seeking shelter m the woods, where tney are building snow-houses. They fully believe m Wiggins* prediction. The railways leaving the city are blocked up wioh snow. In conversation with Wiggins. tDnday, he. stated that thfc storm was caused by one of the planets moving into position to take pirt m "jfcue great storm on the 9th and 11th of March. This planet's force crossed Western Europe, and the Eastern half of America and was really an arm of the great storm. Many maritime shippers, acting; on his advice, have ordered th ir yes als to remain m port until after the 12th. - , .. WOMBS' DRIVEN INSANE. As the time approaches for the promised storm the interest becomes more intense. .vFany timid persons have been prostrated with nervousness. The telegraph reports that several women have be ome insane through fear m the United States. The weather this evening is somewhat milder, the wind havr ing subsided. Wiggins regards this as the calm before the storm. THR AURORA BDREALIS. Halifax, March B.— The . Northern bight 1 * are bright to-night. Wiggins stated yesterday that they would precede his storm. Some - wharf proprietors, fearing a fulfilment of Wiggins's prediction have notified the owners of goods that they will not be responsible for their safety daring the ensuing week. The property \n the stores on some wharfes is being removed to the upper stories. Owing to the refusal of America i fishermen to go on the banks again until after the promised storm, a freshfish famine has beer, caused, Boston and New Yoik orders having been received for as largo a supply for those markets as is possible. THE STOBM. The breaking of the storm is recorded m the telegrams of the 10th, as follows :— . Halifax, March 10.— During the morning the skjwas overcast, with a light south-west wind and mild temperature. A fow minutes, after 1 o'clock, the storm signal was up at the Citadel station, and people began to prepare ;f or a storm. Steamers and sailing vessels m the docks were secured to the wharves with extra hawsers, and merchandise was removed to higher and safer quarters No remar able change occurred during two hours, but about 4 p.m. the wind quickened, a light rain and hail com" inenced to fall, and the c ouds overhead grew more ominously dark. Half an hour later the wind had increased double m strength, and the rain and hail were falling quite heavily. During the following, two hours: this state of affairs continued, the breeze increasing to a , gale, and howling overhead. Pear began to become greater among wharf-owners and proprietors of property on the water line, and great excitement prevailed. At 7 o'clock ;the ferry steamers toDarttnouth ceased their tripes, the last one occupying four times the usual time, and being made with greit difficulty. From that hour until 9 o'clock the gale blew with g eat, fury, causing vessels m docks to strain their fastenings and almost tear from them and drive into the harbour, Only one, however, is reported to have broken her moorings— -the schooner Four Brothers, lying at Mirket»etreet Wharf. The vessel broke her bowsprit, and tearing some planking I from the wharf, was only after greax difficulty again secured^ >y
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