London Times, 22 May 1861, p. 10: RUSSIA. (Excerpt)
A letter from St. Petersburg of the 11th, in the Nord, says: --
"The navigation has been open since the day before yesterday. The Archimède steamer has arrived at Cronstadt from Stettine, and landed only a few passengers, but a number of parrots, monkeys, Newfoundland dogs, and an immense quantity of oysters and oranges, and to-morrow the first steam mailpacket will start. Thanks to the railway from Korno to the Prussian frontier, the opening of the navigation was not so impatiently looked for as in preceding years...."