Great Blizzard of 1888

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Great Blizzard of 1888 - Sunday in Philadelphia was unpleasant because...
Sunday in Philadelphia was unpleasant because of the pattering rain, but the weather was warm. Heavy overcoats wero uncomfortable, even when uight had sot In. The many who were tempted out with light covering hrd cause to regret their mistake. As the night advanced the wind increased. Just before eleven o'clock the rain was falling in great blotches. A wizard could not have knocked a dozen apples out of a cocked hat quicker than the rain gave place to now. The March rain - storm had changed into a regular howling Dakota blizzard. At first the snow melted in the wet streets. Then it froze. Then the streets and sidewalks became thick with it. Telegraph poles changed into giant trees. Telegraph wires . became cables large enough to hold the largest ships had their strength equaled their size. They swayed in the gale, which was increasing every moment. Sinn - boards creaked. Insecure buildings rocked. The branches of trees began to snap ofTand here and there trees came up by the roots. Telegraph poles followed. Soon after midnight

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  1. The Times,
  2. 18 Mar 1888, Sun,
  3. Page 3

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