The winter had been exceptionally clear of late snow and the high mountain passes that in many years remained closed until July had been cleared weeks earlier this spring.
The hot days of summer were blown away by the chill of late September.
June is often wet, but most favourable for the springing crops; July and August are warm, but, excepting two or three days at a time, not uncomfortably so; while the autumn weeks of late August and September are very pleasant.
Much has been done of late years to make these subordinate standards of reformed doctrine more generally known.
The commerce of the island has been of late years increasing at a rapid rate.