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give them just a little more frost. Some of these prayers appeared in. poetical form, of which the following is a sample :
“Now can't you please send us a keen, frosty spell?
Or a week or so's snow would perhaps do as well.
Por a month or two's sleighing by way of a change." Some of the persecuting, ones in their excitement. grew quite "slangy,” but perhaps they were slightly “riled,” for one person after reading Vennor's prophecies of a heavy snow-storm, prepared in the following way for the coming heaps of snow :
A good shovel I got-
To coop off very quick. But the snow never came to his locality, whereupon he turns around and says :
“Vennor, go take a rest
And wipe off your chin;
And don't fool us again." One party, whose deep-rooted faith in Vennor had been sadly shaken by some non-fulfillment of a snow-storm, and a long extended visit of Jack Frost, thus implores the seer of the future to rise and explain him-self: “Rise, oh rise, from your lethargic slumbers, and give us another batch of your prophetic visions. Give us something that will make Rome howl ; something that will leave an impression on the mind and cause us to think that though man is prone to error, you perfectly understand your business."
But in “poking fun at Vennor,” some of the newspapers overreached themselves and made most glaring mistakes, which placed themselves in the ridiculous place they intended Vennor to occupy. Most prominent among mistakes of that kind was that made by the Toronto Globe. After reading over Vennor's Almanac, the Globe decided that it would be advisable to "sit” upon him, so to speak, in order to “ nip in the bud " the circulation of false prophecies such as were contained in the Almanac. In order to ridicule Vennor as much as possible, they occupied much of their valuable space in publishing a number of extracts from the Almanac, and in an accompanying editorial they make fun of the prophet's reckonings. The Globe, however, was soon made aware of the fact that the quotations had been taken from Mr. Vennor's record of the year previous, instead of from his predictions of the weather
What made the mistake more glaring, was that on the pages from which the extracts were taken there was this heading in large type " weather of corresponding dates of last year."
The following instance is a pattern of the criticism Mr. Venner is generally favored with :-(A predicted “cold snap.”)
“We will shortly have the cold relapse of weather anticipated by me, and probably with frosts. August will give us another hot term,
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a shade hotter than July has been, and this will be followed by a most remarkable cold relapse, possibly with a flurry of snow. Rains will commence with September, and the autumn will be wet. We shall have early falls of snow and a very wintry December.”-Ottawa Citizen, July 7th, 1878.
(Premature Criticism.) VENNOR ASTRAY.-About this section of the month, Mr. Vennor predicted “a cold spell,” but the thermometer has not let down much yet, mercury dancing between 80 and 100 degrees daily. But perhaps Henry George is a joker. “I-c-e” would be a cool spell, wouldn't it? -Ottawa Free Press, 17th July.
(A few days later.)
THEN AND NOW."
THE BEAUTIFUL CONTRAST. There's no use talking, if some one doesn't send Vennor to the island of Cyprus, or some other far off land, to use a delicate expression, he'll have to be “pulverized.” We never had any of this outrageously fickle weather until Vennor commenced his meteorological observations, and the sooner he's “sat on the better for the nation. First we have the “Hot Wave,” then the “Cold Dip,” and they are both trotted out without the slightest regard to health.
THEN : On Friday, the thermometer registered between 90° and 960 in the shade, and people lemonaded, ginger beered, ice creamed and ginger aled. They discarded all superfluous clothing, hugged the shady side of the street, made their wills, and every moment expected a sunstroke, as the perspiration gathered on their brows like rain drops on a window frame. It was then they cried “isn't it hot ?" But
the scene has changed, and once more Vennor is with us. The “cold dip.” has come, and the thermometer has fallen to 65°. The clouds look as if they were charged with snow; the overcoat is carefully brushed, and the underclothing again sees the light of day. Temper. ance men take their
hot, and the lager beer tap is lonesome. Mr. Science, cut this thing short, or a suffering community will soon
Yes, knock you as high as Gilroy's kite. --Ottawa Citizen,
ITEMS OF INTEREST, SEASON 1878.
THE LAST SNOWFALL of the spring of 1878, occurred on the 14th of May. The earliest recorded for the fall of the same year, fell at Battersea, Ont., on the 20th of August; the second on the Upper Gatineau, on the 17th of September, and a third flurry to the rear of Quebec, a few days later. Thus, between the spring and autumn snow. falls, there were but two months and twenty-eight days.
The Ice ONLY Took firmly opposite Montreal on the night of the 31st of January, and broke up again on the 18th of March.
NAVIGATION was opened on all the lakes towards the latter part of May, 1878.
SWALLOWS ARRIVED at Montreal in considerable numbers, on the 1oth day of April, twelve days earlier than in 1877. The “ Sarmatian, the first steamship or the season, arrived in Montreal on the 30th of April.
THE COLLINGWOOD harbor was not frozen over during the entire winter. This was never known before.
GRASSHOPPERS were seen at Gananoque, Ont., and at other points west, on March 22nd.
PRAIRIE fires raç el around Winnipeg, March 20th.
THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL of the winter of 1878, commenced on the morning of Tuesday the 24th of March, and continued through the whole day, making the really first good sleighing of the winter. Previous to this, there had been spring weather for upwards of a month. Carriages had been out for a long time, and there had been dust in abundance.
THE HARBOR AT MONTREAL was clear and ready for vessels on the 26th of March, and boats were daily expected up from Boucherville. The first boat up in the spring of 1877, arrived on the 17th of April, and this was ten days earlier than the first arrival of the previous year (1876), which occurred on the 26th of April.
THERE WAS A HEAVY SNOWSTorm in England, on and prior to the 28th of March. A cablegram says,
“Four inches of snow has fallen in the Midland Counties, and snow is still falling (28th). Considerable damage is likely to result in consequence of the forward state of vegetation after two months very fine weather.” A heavy snow-storm experienced in Canadı, on the 22nd of March, 1876, likewise reached Great Britain.
The FIRST STEAMBOAT of the season 1878, arrived in the harbor of Montreal on the 29th of March. This was the Longueuil ferry boat
Montarville," from Boucherville. This is the earliest arrival on record at the Harbor Master's office, which goes back to 1854, the nearest to it being on April the 4th, in the year 1859. People were still, however, at this date, crossing on the ice at Three Rivers and other points Between Montreal and Quebec. The Montreal Herald of the 29th of March 1825, records the arrival of two schooners from Boucherville four days previously.
THERE WAS A SEVERE snow storm at and around St. John, N. B., on the 30th of March, when upwards of one foot of snow fell. This was the heaviest storm of the whole winter there,
ON THE 13TH OF SEPTEMBER, Toronto, and the other places west, were visited by tremendous rain storms, which caused great destruction of property and loss of life.
SNOW FELL in the townships of Hull and Wakefield, in Ottawa County, as early as the 26th of September, at which time the weather was extremely cold for the season.
THE STREET CARs commenced running in Montreal on the 20th of March, but were laid up for a few days again after the snow storm of the 24th.
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FERRỰ commenced running at Belleville on the 12th of March.
NAVIGATION OPEN on Lake Superior on the 19th of March ; a tug arrived at Collingwood, and one left.
STEAMBOAT LINES to Troy and Albany commenced running on the 13th of March. This is said to be the earliest opening of Hudson River navigation in fifteen years.
STEAMER “CHAMBLY” began her regular trips between Montreal and Sorel on the 4th of April.
PLOUGHING commenced in North Renfrew on the 6th of April. Earliest on record.
NAVIGATION virtually closed November 28th, but no ice in river.
GooD SLEIGHING early in November in the Upper Ottawa district.
BRIEF SLEIGHING at Fredrickton, N. B., early in November.
SLUSHY WET WEATHER every where between the 17th and 28th of Noyember.
TREMENDOUS RAINS at many points, 27th November.
ELEVEN DEGREES BELOW ZERO reported from Fort Pelley, end of
DECEMBER ENTERED with rain and sleet.
BAY OF QUINTE frozen over by the 7th of December ; three weeks earlier than last year.
WINTER FAIRLY set in at Halifax by the 7th of December.
DEEP Snows through the country watered by the Colonge and Black rivers in Pontiac County, during first day of December.
HEAVY Snow storm with drifts, at Quebec and Belleville on night of December 9th.
GREAT RAIN AND WIND storms, with snow at many points, on toth December, causing great destruction of property and loss of life.
All Snows SWFPT away by rains at Montreal, on December Toth,
SLEIGHING GOOD at Quebec and Belleville since the 1oth of December.
TEN DEGREES below zero at Winnipeg on the night of the 11th of December,
HEAVY Snow storm raging in Missouri, Iowa and Kansas, on December 12th and 13th.
BAY AT TORONTO frozen over on the 18th of December.
CROSSING THE OTTAWA River at many points, on the 17th of December
HERSCHELL'S WEATHER TABLE.
Those who place implicit faith in the moon as a controller of weather will find the following “ Perpetual weather table constructed by the celebrated Dr. Herschell, based upon a consideration of the at
traction of the sun and moon, of interest : It is confirmed by the experience of many years' observation, and will follow the moon's entrance into any of her quarters. Though calculated for England, it will be found applicable for other localities. If the moon changes at 12 o'clock M., the weather immediately afterward will be very rainy, if in summer, and there will be rain and snow in winter. If between 2 and 4 P.M., changeable in summer, fair and mild in winter. Between 4 and 6 o'clock P.M., fair in both summer and winter. Between 6 and 10 o'clock A.M., in summer fair, if the wind is north-east ; rainy, if south or south-west. In winter fair and frosty, if the wind is north or north-west ; rainy if south or south-west. Between 10 and 12 o'clock A.M., fair in summer and frosty in winter. Between 12 at night and 2 o'clock A.M., fair in summer and frosty in winter, unless the wind is from the south or south-west. Between 2 and 4 o'clock A.M., cold and showery in summer, and snow and storm in winter. Between 4 and 6 o'clock A.M., rainy both in winter and summer. Between 6 and 8 o'clock A.M., wind and rain in summer, and stormy in winter. Between 8 and 10 o'clock A.M., changeable in summer ; rain with a westerly and snow with an easterly wind in winter. Between 10 and 12 o'clock A.M., showery in summer, and cold and windy in winter.”
The laws of storms, up to a certain point, have come to be pretty well understood, but there is yet no science of the weather, any more than there is of human nature. There is about as much room for speculation in the one case as in the other. The causes and agencies are subtle and obscure, and we shall, perhaps, have the metaphysics of the subjects before we have the physics.
But as there are persons who can read human nature pretty well, so there are those who can read the weather.
It is a masculine subject, and quite beyond the province of woman. Ask those who spend their time in the open air—the farmer, the sailor, the soldier, the walker ; ask the birds, the beasts, the tree toads ; they know, if they will only tell. The farmer diagnoses the weather daily, as the doctor a patient ; he feels the pulse of the wind, he knows when the clouds have a scurfy tongue, or when the cuticle of the day is feverish and dry or soft and moist. Certain days he calls “weatherbreeders,” and they are usually the fairest days in the calendar-all sun and sky. They are too fair ; they are suspiciously so. They come in the fall and spring, and always mean mischief. When a day of almɔst unnatural brightness and clearness in either of these seasons follows immediately after a storm, it is a sure indication that another storm follows close-follows to-morrow. In keeping with this fact is the rule of the barometer, that if the mercury rises very high, the fair weather will not last. It is a high peak that indicates a corresponding depression close at hand. I observed one of these angelic mischief-makers the past October. The second day after a heavy fall of rain was the fairest of the fair—not a speck or film in all the round of the sky.
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