5 SEPTEMBER 1958, Page 20

!be Spectator


THE effects of the gale which commenced blowing on the evening of Friday, and continued with unabated violence during the whole of Saturday, have been terribly disastrous on sea and land. The loss of vessels with their passengers, on our own coasts and on those of France and Holland, has been unusually great. Severe damage has been done to the hop plantations, gardens, and orchards. Houses have been unroofed, and streets flooded in the towns on the coast. But the loss thus sustained, heavy as it is, will not bear com- parison in point of extent with that occasioned by the numerous shipwrecks, the particulars of which fill many columns of the Daily Papers.