13 JANUARY 1866, Page 1

The snowstorm which caused all this was really one of

the heaviest we have had for many years, and especially fatal to tele- graph wires, to which the snow clung as tenaciously as Blondin, breaking them rather more easily, just at the mid-point between the two nearest supports, or sometimes bringing down the posts with them to the ground. The telegraph wires over the London streets fell in many places so as just to form barriers to the traffic, like the rope stretched across a frontier line where the passenger has to show his passport. In Euston Road, Farringdon Street, Cannon Street, and elsewhere, the wires were quite des- troyed, and had carried away many supports with them. Along the Great Western, miles of wire were broken up. There is scarcely any telegraphic line left intact except with tl Continent.

All our interior communications are e,:•$- seed to have designs on London, large flock 7 of wild duck. teal, and widgeon hovering about the Surrey side for 'some time in a state of indecision, and probably expecting a desolation great enough to lit the great City for their and the long-expected New Zealander's (who is to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's) convenience. But as . St. Paul's did not give way, though the telegraph wires did, they eventually gave up the idea of replacing the population of Lon- don, and took their flight to the south.