DEVASTATING COLD. 14 Feb 1929. The ice wave is the worst since 1719, when records were first kept.

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LONDON, February 10.
Practically the whole of Europe from Moscow has suffered from the severity of the terrible conditions which continued to be reported by wireless to Vienna from Constantinople, which is
the only remaining means of communication with the distressed cities.
Telephonic and telegraphic communication is interrupted, trains are snowed up and ships are prevented from leaving by a frightful tornado.
The snow is 9ft. deep in Constantinople suburbs and troops are dispersing packs of wolves from it’s environs.
Many homeless have been frozen to death in the streets.
LONDON. February 10.
Owing to the likelihood of the collapse of workers attempts removal of snow from the streets was stopped.
There is a danger of famine and the supply of flour is very limited.
Most of the shops and all the theatres are closed. All streets are empty.
The world famous train, the Orient express, from Vienna on January 30th is covered in snow at East Thrace. It is understood that the passengers still have sufficient food and fuel.
The devastating cold is widespread throughout Europe.
The ice has compelled the closing of the Kiel Canal.
Ice on the Great Lakes at Berlin is 18 inches thick. All shipping on the Rhine is suspended for a fortnight while deer are venturing into the towns in search of food.
Places nearly 1000 miles south of London are experiencing lower temperatures than England.
Marseilles recorded 5 degree below freezing point and areas between the Baltic and the Black Sea between 30 and 70 degrees below freezing point.
Reports from Moscow describe conditions as appalling. The mercury has ceased to register, since the temperature in certain districts has fallen 58 degrees below zero.
Schools are closed and buses have been prevented from running, owing to the impossibility of starting the engine.
Milk is freezing and, bursting the cans
Food supplies, are disorganised.
BERLIN, February 11.
The ice wave is the worst since 1719, when records were first kept.
To-day Silesia registered 49 degrees F. below zero
A sharp detonation at Breslau led to the discovery that the bridge over the Oder had cracked laterally as a result of the cold. The bridge has been closed to traffic.
LONDON, February II.
The Zuider Zee is frozen, and it is possible to skate to the island of Marken
Many canals are frozen and traffic is suspended.
In Vienna the temperature is 54 degrees below zero, which is the coldest since 1775.
The Danube is frozen.
In some parts of Hungary there is 54 degrees of frost. A nightwatchman at Vienna returning home, found both his children frozen to death.
A message from Berlin states that 130 steamers are icebound in the Baltic at the estuary of the Elbe. Aeroplanes are supplying them with food.
The cold wave which the Continent has been experiencing has spread to England.
The thermometer to-day in London fell to the lowest point reached in the daytime since December 31st, 1927.
Strong easterly winds increased the general discomfort.
The epidemic of influenza, which al- ready has thousands numbered among it’s victims, threatens to become more acute.
Many saloon cars are imprisoned in drifts on the Bristol-Bridgewater road.
The Channel steamer Villa de Lege from Ostend is stranded on the rocks in Dover harbour. The passengers, including one woman, suffered severely from the biting winds. They, were for two hours huddled in the icebound deck until the crew were able to lower the boats.