[BY THE HERALD’S SPECIAL WIRE.] LONDON, Dec. 26. — At the very best, London is a boring and desolate metropolis through which to spend Christmas Day, however yesterday the climate was profitable in giving the city a specifically wretched look. The streets, after the heavy rain which had fallen via the evening, have been moist and muddy, and rain, snow and driving sleet fell at intervals throughout your complete day and saved the streets clearer of foot passengers than on an strange Sunday.
The outcome was that London offered a bleak and abandoned facet, besides on the hours throughout which spiritual companies have been held. These, regardless of the wretched climate, have been largely attended. Westminster Abbey, the place there was a carol service and sermons by the dean, was crowded each morning and night. The wonderful musical companies at St. Paul’s Cathedral additionally drew immense congregations into the Metropolis, the dean being the preacher there additionally.
Different divines who attracted giant vacation congregations have been the subdean on the Chapel Royal, St. James’s; Canon Ainger, on the Temple Church; the Rev. Canon Wilberforce, at St. John’s, Westminster; Dr. Parker, on the Metropolis Temple, and the Rev. Hugh Value Hughes at his chapel off Regent-street.
However the discomforts of out-of-door train, quite a few bands of music and singers have been to be met with in all components of the city. In any other case there was exterior no particular indication that the good annual competition had arrived. Within the poorer quarters of the metropolis, nonetheless, quite a few dinners, breakfasts and entertainments got to youngsters and aged individuals of scanty means.
— The New York Herald, European Version, December 26, 1895.