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1895: Wretched Weather Mars Christmas in London

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Credit score…Worldwide Herald Tribune

[BY THE HERALD’S SPECIAL WIRE.] LONDON, Dec. 26. — At the perfect, London is a uninteresting and desolate metropolis wherein to spend Christmas Day, however yesterday the climate was profitable in giving the city a specifically wretched look. The streets, after the heavy rain which had fallen via the evening, had been moist and muddy, and rain, snow and driving sleet fell at intervals throughout all the day and saved the streets clearer of foot passengers than on an peculiar Sunday.

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The end result was that London offered a bleak and abandoned facet, besides on the hours throughout which spiritual companies had been held. These, despite the wretched climate, had been largely attended. Westminster Abbey, the place there was a carol service and sermons by the dean, was crowded each morning and night. The tremendous musical companies at St. Paul’s Cathedral additionally drew immense congregations into the Metropolis, the dean being the preacher there additionally.

Different divines who attracted giant vacation congregations had been the subdean on the Chapel Royal, St. James’s; Canon Ainger, on the Temple Church; the Rev. Canon Wilberforce, at St. John’s, Westminster; Dr. Parker, on the Metropolis Temple, and the Rev. Hugh Value Hughes at his chapel off Regent-street.

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However the discomforts of out-of-door train, quite a few bands of music and singers had been to be met with in all elements of the city. In any other case there was outdoors no particular indication that the good annual pageant had arrived. Within the poorer quarters of the metropolis, nonetheless, quite a few dinners, breakfasts and entertainments got to youngsters and aged folks of scanty means.

— The New York Herald, European Version, December 26, 1895.

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