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THE SUMMEK OF 1818.

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THE SUMMEK OF 1818. A correspondent writes :—Although mpteorological soienti-ts have ransacked the records of most yea of the century to find a parallel for the late continued spell of drought, yet no reference has been made 10 the summer of 1818, which held almost uninterrupted sway throughout a whole year. In the early summer the season was so dry, mild, and funny that the cl mate of England was equal to that of the South o' France. In the month of August the air continued so hot and dry that the leaves fell from the tr,.e, as they do on cold gusty autumn day,. Throughout Europe the temperature was of the nioai remarkable nature, being almost equal in most latitudes, the thermometer of Reaumur standing at the sam- point at Rome, Vienna, Berlin, and Madrid. In England the summer was continued through the usual autumi and winter months. Thus in the mcnth of Novtmbei the narcissus was in full bloom throughout Hamp- shire and the southern counties. In many district, the extraordinary sound of the grass falling before the sweep of the mower's scythe was heard, and it, the corn fields wheat was seen coming into ear. The whole course of nature in the vegetable kingdom seemed entirely reversed, for in the county of Perth garden strawberries were actnally in full blossom, the berries of the arbutus were ripe, the buds of forest trees swelled, aud thise of the hazel bushes expanded. Tulips came out in leaf, and sweet peas and mignonette were luxuriantly in flower. Further north tulips were five inches above the ground in December, the flowers of the ten-week stocks and marigolds were as fresh and vigorous as in August. On Wanatead Flats, in Essex, the leaves of its famous lime-trees were fully expanded, snowdrops blossomed in profusion, and swallows still skimmed the roadways and fields. In Devonshire, at Appledore, the fruit growers gathered a second full-grown crop dapples, the trees having been in bloom when the first crop was gathered. In the neighbourhood of Plymouth anemones, hyacinths, jonquils, pinks, stocks, and monthly roses bloomed in great perfection, and rasp- berries ripened on the canes. Away in the fields and hedgerows, purple vetches, violets, and other tiowere blossomed, while the oak and the elm retained mosi of their foliage, the birds were heard as if in spring, and during the last week of this extraordinary month a robin's nest with four young ones was found in the thatch of a labourer's cottage at Remington, near Salisbury. In the first week of February bean plants were from tin to twelve inches high, with all their perfection of foliage, similar to what they are in June. The German tamarisk was in full bloom, and a few days later the blossoms of the erica herbuceu began to unfold. In Sweden and Norway there was neither frost nor snow, and in Russia great incon- venience was felt by that want of regular intercourse between om province and in >tti r whioti frost con- tributes so much to facilitate. Not only Mount St. Bernard, but Mount St. Gothard and the Simplon were crossed without oifficulty. In the opening days of February swallows were seen in the gardens of the Tuileries at Paris.

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