Biela’s Comet was rent in twain in November, 1845. The two pieces were seen both in Europe and America. One was larger and brighter than the other, and side by side they retired into the distant regions of space, in the sane path the unbroken cornet would. — News From the Mails section of the Feb 9, 1852 New York Times 

I am presently engaged in a review of the coverge of Halleys Comet in the New York Times around 1910. I have decided to search the archives on the keyword comet, starting with oldest first. I found the above a rather curious comment to publish. I am simply noting it for now and moving on.