Throughout Central and Northwestern Europe the most disastrous floods of recent times swept away numberless villages and inundated portions of almost every city located near a river of any consequence. Ironically enough the cause of this international disaster was a period of warm rains and almost balmy weather which set in on Christmas night. By New Year's Day the great watersheds of Europe foamed and thundered with torrents of melting snow, which ordinarily pass harmlessly away during the long European spring. Telegraphers, working night and day over the few lines that...

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