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| WISitEis a LAST. Tiirribl1; Storms. } The snow Inch we bud i-ceii promised over the Christmas holiday* arrived early on Sun- day it ornmg, arc. el i.e people were about i3 £ ;•' und was cevcivd to a depth of a couple f o: ir.ehes, cspcc'-ihy m hilly districts. There was a very o in Bridgend md in the neighbouring 'li"I; valleys of ILd- CUmorgan. The hiihs Maesteg, Ponty- cymniev, and Og'.non- \vere covered with roveral inches of E\.t\. 11\ There was also a h"sivy fall in Merthyr and disfrie!, and the oo<h:j hills are th:ck!y vered. rhe first f,11.}1\ of ;>u- whiter in Rhc:c(: Valley presented a ;o>u-r- s:rje sight. There was a con.?dv?r:jbto fall at Porthetr.' 1. The syren at the Nash blasts at frequent intervals throughout ;ho <hy. In the Port Talbot the weather was bitterly cold, and snov. for some hours, but little remained in tiie towns. The moun- tains in the Avon district, however, are all covered with snow. In the \vestern Valley~ of Monmouthshire tne average depth of ,,i,,v, was three inches. On the hills in the Aberdare neighbourhood snow fell to a depth of a foot. In the Peak district the ground was covered to a depth of several iociaes, and snow, ac- companied by lightnine. continued to fail throughout the day. Many of the country i,, ,H, \1" were rendered impass:tb!« owing to heavy snowdrifts created by a •••'r<,ng east wind. "No fell in London doing the night, hut during the there w-t« a considerable fall. A oceiitred in Yves, ..Somerset, and attained a considerable dentil in the valleys and a goo.j depth on the hiiis. Reports coming to hand from all parts cf The country bear testiio..Uy to the exceptional severity of the blizzard which commenced in the United Kingdom on Sunday, and in many parts still shows no sign of moderating. No districts apepar to have escaped the visha. tion., which, by many correspondents, is pared in its extent and effects with the memor- able blizzard of March, 1891. As was then the case, many towns have been completely isolated owing to the dislocation of the railway service, and in the present instance, exceptional incon- venience has been caused by the interruption cf traffic following so closely on the Christmas j holidays. Fortunately, the fatalities due to the storm are few in number, and although several casualities have been reported at sea, where the storm his been severely felt, they are also happily unattended with loss of life. In London snow fell without intermission from an early hour on Tuesday morning and, after ceasing for a short time in the early evening, there was a renewed fall at night. Suburban traffic was completely disorganised, railway and tramway companies finding it quite impossible to run to schedule time. As, however, is usually the sase, the effects of the sT/oinn was not felt so severely in the Metropolis as in the provinces, reports from the North being especially serious. THE SCENE AT CARDIFF. Cardiff and district were vited on Monday night by one of the severest snowstorms ex- perienced for some years. Commencing at about 10 o'clock, the storm continued unabated throughout the night. Traffic generally was delated. trains being late from all directions, and the tramway service made a very late start. In the country districts the drifts arc very decp-in some places between 3ft. and 4ft. The minimum temperature registered at Koath Park between 9 o clock on Monday morn- ing and 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning was 24.8deg., or 7.2 degrees of frost. At 9.30 the temperature had risen to 29deg.. or 3 degrees of frost. Between 700 and 800 men were at work on the streets. About 160 of these are of the un- employed, and all those in the scavenging and public works department are engaged. Snow ploughs were out at an early hour to clear the p.ncipal tram lines, and several of the cars were also fitted with ploughs, and kept the track clear. The salt and grave] mix- ture made the road between ilte lines tlio only part where anything like a thar: was noticeable, a.ncl drivers of vehicles hailed the cleared track with joy. for the rest of the roadway was, if not impassable, at any rate very hard going. Reports come from all directions to show that the conditions prevailing in and around Cardiff were also those in other districts, and the effect was to stop outdoor work 01 all kinds in every direction. t Work at the Cardiff, Barr", and Perurth docEs was almost completely at a standstill, so far as the loading and discharging of cirgoes was concerned, owing to the s/iow storm,• The coal tips, almost without oxee/tion, were in a work- able condition, but the eavy snovfall on the sidings- made it very difficult, nd in many cases impossible, to mcVfi the laden <vagons down to the tips. In consequence, except in urgent cases, work was suspended'for the day, and attention was chieiy given to preparing things for a re-start as soon as possible.. Shipping movements during the snowstorm were exceedingly difficult, the blinding snow causing captains to rctllain at anchor rather than risk damage through collision or other circumstances. Holiday-makers returning to work were de- layed, and business houses had this additional inconvenience to combat. But those who de- pended on outdoor employment will have to bear the greatest burden, and it is feared that, unless there is an immediate break-up in the hard weather conditions', the prevailing distress will be very considerably accentuated. TERRIBLE WEATHER IN SCOTLAXD. TRAINS SNOWED CPo Reports from all quarters reaching Glasgow on Tuesday night show that the snowstorm is the worst experienced for years. Snow lies 30 inches deep in various districts, and trains and tramcars are in many cases embedded. The Irish mail was snow bilked, and 110 train service exists further north than Mon- trose. Many towns and villages must remain isolated for days even if the sr.cw ceases. A Berwick correspondent telegraphs that in consequence of the East Coast route being so badly disorganised in the North, the Edin- burgh and London Expresses will all travel by the western route. The seven o'clock slow- train from Berwick to Edinburgh could get no further than 16 miles from the town, and the passengers were brought oa.-K to Berwick, having taken nine hours to do 30 miles. The first train from Dundee to Arbroath ar- rived at Arbroath at six o'clock, being 12 hours late. Several snow-ploughs ar? now embedded on the Lne, blocking the permanent way for all traffic. A Stonehaven correspondent t;-legraphg that the two Loudou-bound train s now bound out- side Stonehaven in the early hours of Tuesday morning were still embedded a late Itour in the aftcvnooi1. Surfacemen were acting as food carriers to the passenger, V::1O teiusecj to leave the carriages. Funerals are being delayed, especially :11 the country districts, while marri-ges fixed for the present season will probably n ive to be post- poned. At noon on Tuesday Aberdeen was entirely isolated. The tramear servicswas stopped, end telegraph and telephone communication greatly injured. The blizzard is the severest -experi- enced in the district for m:1r. v years.. Local reports will be h nnd in another column. PiTY THE BILL'S. To the Editor. Sir,— >Iay I once again sol: y-ur -mialny ind co-operation on behalf on out ;C;ifhered friend; the hinb? Scraps of every description fr-m the kiU-hcn, especially meat' bones, are most acceptable, and a vessel of water is quite a boon—birds suffer greatly from lack of water. A cocoanut cut in and suspended by means of a string will attract tits, and pr-r vide a splendid food during the winter weather. Suet may also be hung ill the same iiiannc.,r.-T-- am, etc., L. M. CARE. Hon. Sec.. Royal Society fcr the Protection of Birds.

Miss Weston and the Saiiora.

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