Recognition…International Herald Tribune
[BY THE HERALD’S SPECIAL WIRE.] LONDON, Feb. 6 / PRNewswire / – At best, London is a dull and desolate city to spend Christmas Day in, but yesterday the weather was successful in giving the city a particularly miserable look. The roads were wet and muddy after the heavy rain that had fallen through the night, and rain, snow, and sleet fell at intervals throughout the day, keeping the streets clearer for foot passengers than on a normal Sunday.
The result was that London was a desolate and desolate aspect except during the hours when services were held. Despite the poor weather, these were largely attended. Westminster Abbey, where the dean gave a Christmas service and sermons, was overcrowded in the morning and evening. The good musical services in St. Paul’s Cathedral also drew huge congregations to the city, with the dean also being the preacher there.
Other gods that attracted large holiday communities were the sub-deans in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s; Canon Ainger in the temple church; the Rev Canon Wilberforce at St. John’s, Westminster; Dr. Parker in the City Temple and Rev. Hugh Price Hughes in his Chapel on Regent Street.
Despite the inconvenience of training outdoors, there were numerous music and singing groups in all parts of the city. Otherwise there was no specific indication outside that the big annual festival had arrived. In the poorer areas of the metropolis, however, numerous dinners, breakfasts and entertainment were offered to children and the elderly with limited resources.
– The New York Herald, European edition, December 26, 1895.