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THE SEVERE WEATHER. CRICKET ON THE ICE. In spite of a general rise of temperature, frosty weather has continued to prevail in nearly all parts of our islands and the Continent. On Monday night some very low readings were again registered over England, the sheltered thermometer falling to lldeg. at Dungeness, to 17deg. at Cambridge, and to 19deg. at York. Oxford, and in London. Early on Tuesday morning the thermometer began to rise somewhat decidedly and although the eight a.m. temperatures in Ireland were lower than on the previous day, those over Great Britain were mostly higher, the change at York amounting in the twenty-four hours to as much as eleven degrees. In many other parts of England the frost continued uninterruptedly, and at Yarmouth the maximum reading was only 29 deg. The reports showed that the shallow depression off the east of England was gradually filling up and that a general rise of the barometer was in progress over the whole of Western Europe. A large anticyclone was in fact inclined to spread over our islands from Scandi-. navia, and the resulting uniformity in pressure seemed likely to be attended by foggy weather in many of our inland districts. The latest indica- tions were not favourable for any break in the I frost. As a young man named John Jordan, aged 23 years, employed by a local clay company at New- ton Abbott, was on Tuesday morning sliding across a corner of a disused clay pit, which had oecome filled with water, the ice gave way and he was drowned. His body was recovered two hours after- wards. An exciting scene was witnessed at Sophin. Gardens, Cardiff, on Tuesday afternoon. A girl named Miller, aged about eleven years, ventured with her sister upon the River Taff, which flows between the gardens and Lord Bute's private grounds, and when above one of the deepest pools in the river the ice gave way and the girl was drowned. Flocks of seagulls were flying over the river n-t London Bridge and the Pool on Tuesday, while in lesser number they were to be seen be- tween Blackfriars and Westminstor Bridges. The snow has done a good turn to some of the unemployed, who were yesterday employed inconsiderable numbers by the vestries in clearing away the snow from the footpaths. At the metro- politan parks there was plenty of profitable work in hiring out chairs and skates, putting the latter on and taking them off, assuming the care of sticks, umbrellas, &c. and any of the unemployed of really reputable character readily re- ceived a licence from Mr. Browne (Superintendent of Works in the Parks). These licences. in the shape of cards, are stuck in the hats of-the men. and there were no accidents and no immersions. Upon the ice on the Round Pond there were 7,000 skaters. At Regent's Park there were 10,000 skaters and sliders. There was no decrease in the number of skaters on the ice at Clapham, and Wandsworth Commons, notwithstanding the snow. Battersea Park, Putney Heath, Tooting Bee, Dulwich Park, and Brockwell Park were also well patronised. The Victoria Steamboat Association's steamers are experiencing great difficulty in navigation consequent upon the large quantity of ice floating on the river. Mill wall, Limehouse, and Cherry Garden Piers are quite blocked, so that those places cannot 1)0 filled at. much to the inconvenience of the would-be passenger. The river opposite the entrance to tne west India Docks was packed with ice, and all the way up to London Bridge the river steamers were only able to proceed at the lowest rate of speed, with frequent stops, so as not to damage the paddle-wheels. An inspection of the tidal portion of the Thames between Kew Bridge and Teddington shows that the river is now almost wholly frozen over. On Tuesday it was astertained that the ice on the river above Teddington Lock is in some places fully an inch thick. Dogs have already been sent across the river from one bank to the other. There was a numerous company at the Welsh Harp. Hendon, on Tuesday, the ice being in fine condition. During the afternoon the metropolitan branch of the Skating Asfociation decided the Metropolitan Professional Championship, for which ten men entered. Some close racing resulted, the winner being Jacob Tyrrell. a well-known sculler from the River Lea. It was snowing heavily again throughout Tuesday at Dover. Skating was indulged in very generally, and last night many hundreds of persons resorted to the hills for toboganning. The fishing industry is at a standstill. A proof of the intensity of the severe weather on the South Coast is afforded at Southampton by the fact that on Tuesday no less than three yachts were sunk by floating ice, coming down from the fresh water of the River Test. One of these was the Irena. a yacht of about twelve tons measure- ment, which was in the possession of the Southampton police, owing to the fact that the owner is awaiting his trial for fraud. Skating is carried on throughout Hampshire. Teams representing the respective cricket clubs of Saddington and Kibworth, two villagas just outside Market Harboro', have met on Saddington Reservoir, and an amusing cricket match on the ice ended in a draw. The match was played on skates. Saddington went in first, and although their first man was dismissed by the first ball delivered, the team was not disposed of till 205 (28 extras.) had been compiled. Smith, a Kibworth bowler, took four wickets in one over. The first two Kibworth men scored 96 without being sepa- rated, but at this point of the game the match was declared drawn owing to the fading light. In Bolton the frost has been of almost unex- ampled severity. Aaron Pendlebury was skating .'1 it Halliwell on Tuesday and fell upon the ice with such force that he became unconscious and died. A severe snowstorm broke over North Wales on Tuesday and continued for many hours. The mountain ranges'are all thickly enveloped in snow' and many of the roads are rendered impassable by snowdrifts. There are grave apprehensions for the upland sheep, and it is feared the farmers will sustain heavy losses. Mr. Daniel Da vies, of Pen- craig, a well-known Cardiganshire farmer, and the owner of large flocks, has been missing from home for several days, and it is believed he has perished on the hills. At Neath, where hundreds of persons were skating on a large reservoir the ice suddenly gave way, and Miss Kenway and Mr. Gerald Hibbert. of Oxford, were precipitated into the water, 20ft. deep. Both were eventually rescued. The coast for about a hundred yards from Whit- stable is ice-bound, and the severe weather is causing great anxiety to those connected with the oyster fishing. The Medway, between Maidstone and Tonbridge, is frozen over for almost the entire distance of 20 miles, and thousands of persons are skating on the river. At Peterborough yesterday morning 19 egrees of frost was registered. James Smart, the champion skater, competed in an open race at Littleport on Wednesday. To-day (Friday) the champion will skate against Litherland on Littleport Moors, and on Saturday George Lee will try to wrest the belt from Smart on the same course.