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The Remarkable Sunsets


A COPY of NATURE (vol. xxix. p. 149) just received here contains an article on “Remarkable Sunsets” which were seen in all parts of the world during the latter days of November and the early days of December. It may interest your readers to know that precisely similar sunsets to those described in the paper referred to above occurred here for several days in December. The “rosy pink after-glow” immediately succeeded the sunset, and lasted from ten to fifteen minutes. The phenomenon considerably scared the Chinese, who feared it portended some evil to the Emperor. The winter has been remarkably mild and dry; the first fall of snow, a very heavy one, took place on March 1. This region is volcanic; we have occasional shocks of earthquake.

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