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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Member of The Anoelated Prut St P«r C«ff, Vol. CX1V, No, 300 ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4,19SO Bttablished January IS, ALTON AREA GRIPPED BY ICE STORM Truman Asks Slight Increase In Taxes Total Output Of $1 Trillion Yearly Seen In 2000 A. D. President's Glowing Message Predicts Average Income of $12,000 By ERNEST B. VACCARO WASHINGTON, Jan. 4. <*>> — President Truman advocated a "moderate amount" of new taxes today in a glowingly optimistic State of the Union message voicing hope of an eventual trillion-dollar ', economy. If America keeps growing as it has in the 4ast 50 years, he told Congress, the total national production 50 years hence will be nearly four times what it Is now, or at. the rate of more than one thousand billions of dollars a year. In a mixture of humility and pride, Mr. Truman said: "Today, by the grace of God, we stand a free and prosperous nation with greater possibilities for ,the future than any people have ever had before." Taft-Hartley Repeal Asked The President's message was one in which he (1) looked far into the future—when, he Mid, the average family may make the equivalent of more than $12,000 a year— and (2) dwelled on what he called the present flay needs for such things as continued rent control! and repeal of the Taft-Hartley la- bar law. _ On foreign affairs, Mr. Truman •aid the threat of Communist conquest of Western EVirope and the Mediterranean has receded. But he wld the United States mutt continue the multi-billion dollar European recovery program without crippling cuts which would play into the hands of 'the "e»- emtea of democracy." Mr.Truman MM the United Mates alto mutt put Into effect the plant for rearming Western Europe under the North Atlantic treaty of 1949. Prompt Action Needed lUcent world events make prompt action imperative," he •aid. Declaring that "the lalse prom- iMt of Communlim" represent a challenge which "for my part, I welcome." Mr. Truman added: "I believe that our country, at this crucial point in world history, will meet the challenge successfully." The President gave no Inkling of how much new revenue he wants now or where he would turn to get it. Nor did he disclose what existing taxes he would drop or lower to, as he put It, "reduce present inequities" and "stimulate business activity." He limply Mid there ihould be "some changei" in the tax lyitem to produce these results. Tax Proposals to Come Later His tax propoMls will come later, In a special message. He is ex- pected'to yield to demands for an end to the bulk of the war-time excise levies on such things as transportation fares and telephone bills, provided the loss is more than offset by taxes from corporation profits and other sources. Mr. Truman said the budget he will submit Monday, for the fiscal yea? atartlng July 1, holds spending to the lowest levels consistent with cold war requirements and essential economic needs at home. He declared that his fiscal policy offers "the quickest and safest way of achieving a balanced budget" but he did not hold out any 'hope that government spending can be held within income during the forthcoming fiscal year. In fact, his talk of moderate tax boosts in the face of continued heavy obligations pointed to another year or* more of red ink financing. CltM FoUy of Budget Slashes Mr. Truman spoke eut against "the folly of attempting budget slashes which would impair our prospects for peace or cripple the programs essential to our national strength." He laid particular emphasis on funds for the European recovery program tor non-Corn* munist nations. The President appeared before a Joint session of the Senate and House, many of whose members have been demanding sharp cuts both in government spending and in existing taxes. . Chairman Cannon (D-Mo) of the House Appropriations Committee said in advance of Mr. Truman's message that the committee will vote to slash spending wherever needed to Insure a balanced bud ge in many respects, the message was much like the ons> Mr. Truman delivered a year ago on the same occasion. •eat Centre! Extension Sought Again today, he caUod for repea of the Taft-Hartley labor law, ex tension ot rent control, a govern ment Musing program—this time for mlMIt Income families, civil right! legislation, stronger antl Triple Punch Brings Misery To Midwest By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Winter let loose with a triple punch of snow, cold and strong winds today, landing solid blows across the nation's midsectlon. The Rocky Mountain region still reeled from the Impact of the season's most severe weather. The Central states and South into the Texas Panhandle braced for the rigid attack. Blizzards howled across the Dakota prairies and Into neighboring Minnesota. Highways and country roads were blocked. Airlines were grounded. Hundreds of rail and (us passengers and motorists were trended in parts of the snow belt. Snow Falls In Texas Snow fell on Texas and the mercury slid down under the zero mark in the lone star state. And he mercury tumbled sharply over he Mldcontinent as the cold front iut of the Rocky Mountain region moved across the Great Plains. The cold mass moved slowly astward through the Great Lakes egion and southward through Texas. Sub-zero readings were eported in the Plains, the north- "rn and central Rockies and in ome points in Kansas and the upper Mississippi valley. Below zero marks were forecast for most of he North Central/ states tonight. Coldest Spots Coldest spots early today included 31 below at Minot, N. D., -30 at Moorcroft, Wyo.; -27 at Philip, S. D. and -22 at Pembina, N. D. There was another cold front, with snow, in the Pacific Northwest, but relief appeared in sight. Snow falls in Portland, Ore., measured 4 inches. All plane flights were cancelled for the night. Rural schools in many areas were to remain closed today. It was a different story along the eastern seaboard and in the Gulf states. Mild weather prevailed/and temperatures in some parts of the areas, as well as In he Ohio river valley, climbed to new highs for the date yesterday. Atlanta's top was 70 and the 65 above at Indianapolis was a record for Jan. 3. New York also had en fife •. CM. I. ICC Orders OneThirdCut In Rail Service Applies to Lines Having Less Than 25 Days Goal Supply WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, UH- The Interstate Commerce Commission today ordered a general one-third cut in railroad passenger ervice on lines using coal as fuel. The reduction is effective at 11:59 p. m. local time Sunday. The order applies to all Continued on Page S, Col. 4. ines having 25 or less days supply of fuel coal for their passenger services "and not having avail- ible a dependable source of supply." The ICC said the action was made necessary by the dwindling upplies of coal due to the recent disturbances and curtailments In he coal mining industry. Second Order In Recent Months It was the second time in re- ent months that the ICC has aken such action as a result of he virtually deadlocked coal dis- iute between John L. Lewis' United Mine Workers and mine iperators across the nation. The commission said all rail- oads having less than the stipulated amount of fuel reserve must reduce coal-burning passen- jer service to 33 VA percent less nan the same services provided as of Dec. 1, 1949. The order was drawn to remain n effect for two months. It will automatically expire at midnight March 8 unless the ICC itself takes further action. Passenger service on trains drawn by coal-burning locomotives was cut by one-fourth last Oct. 26, during the UMW's 52-day strike, and was restored Nov. 15 when Lewis announced that the miners were returning to the pits. Coal Stocks Eaten Away The UMW members have been working only part of every week— a situation which has slowly eaten away at coal stocks above ground. The ICC had previously taken note of the squeeze on railroads Not Enough Jobs Found For Rising Births WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 The nation is failing to create enough jobs for its fast-growing population. So says Secretary of Commerce Sawyer in summing up the 1949 iob situation. Sawyer pointed out that the average 58,700,000 employed last year was only slightly under the L948 record. However, he said there was an average of 3,400,000 unemployed in 1949. This was a big Jump from the average 2,100,000 jobless in 1947 and 1948. The answer, Sawyer said, is .hat new people are entering the labor force, looking for jobs, at a greater rate than the number of jobs are increasing. Sawyer's comments were made yesterday in connection with Census Bureau employment figures for December. They showed total civilian employment for the month at 58,556,000. Farm employment declined seasonally 1,105,000, but non-farm employment rose 143,000, leaving 962,000 fewer employed in December than In November. The unemployed in December numbered 3,489,000: The fast rise in the unemployed is taking a big nick out of state unemployment insurance funds, too. A survey of this came from Robert C. Goodwin, director of the Labor Department's Bureau of Employment Security. Goodwin said the jobless payments reached a record Sl.100,000,. 000 in 1949. The previous record was 91,100,000,000 in 1946. The number of people getting the jobless payments, 7,500,000 also set a new record. The old high was 5,200,000 in 1940, Weather Occasions! light mow this afternoon; partly cloudy tonight and ThurUc, Colder ttnifht; lowest Thursday morn- inf near 0, afternoon temperatures about 15 today and tomorrow. Shipper*' forocatt: 5 to 10 Mow north, 0 to 5 he- low wott, 0 to 5 abovo Mir, 5 to 10 abovt south. MwrJHsUM W gwwu i a • Rise i.16 IX Tell water 410.M Village Board at East Alton Meets By Matchlight rail By the light of flickering matches, VIIInge Clerk Lawrence Darr of East Alton recorded the minutes of the bi-monthly meeting of the East Alton Village Board of Trustees, Tuesday night, after power had failed and the council chamber was darkened. A group of citizens, who had waited to inform the board of water standing in streets and alleys near their homes, were givin an opportunity by Mayor Otto K. Brazier to air their grievances, even though there were no lights. The voices of speakers came from darkened corners of the hall as the citizens arose to tell of the problems confronting them because of water flooding basements, streets, and alleys. They were assured by the mayor and board members that everything within the power of the board is being done to relieve the flood water problem and that the difficulty will be alleviated when the new storm sewer is completed. 200 Volunteer Workers Close Leaks in Levee Of Indian Creek 20 Acres Flooded Near Wanda— 6 Families Evacuated Swarm of Bees Defy Weather in Exposed Place Continued en Page «, Col. X. Illinois Roads Slick; Floods Plague State . SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 4, <*•»—The state highway division today reported hazardous conditions on nearly all Illinois main roads. Highways were packed with snow, sleet or a combination of the two in all sections except the extreme south and southeast parts of the state. No major roads were reported impassable. DECATUR, Jan. 4, <ff>—Flood waters, accompanied by falling temperatures, plagued central Illinois today. Heavy rains sent rivers and tributaries over their banks in a wide area around Decatur and Danville and extending into Indiana. Homes were flooded, highways and fields inundated and numerous country schools were closed because school buses were unable to travel the highways. At Danville, some 50 families were forced to evacuate their homes along Stony Creek as the stream overflowed its banks. Residents reported water three feet deep In many homes. A steady 60-hour downpour left four and one-half inches of rain that swelled most streams around Danville beyond their capacity. Most small towns reported water curb high on main streets. Many farm roads were Impassable. The Wabash river, 15 miles east of Danville, was reported rising rapidly. Water was flowing over Indiana highways 63 'and 234 near Cayuga, Ind., and highway officials predicted both would be impassable by noon. Falling temperatures sent the mercury below the freeiing point, bringing sleet and Ice and a new danger to moving traffic. Around Decatur, the Embarrass river was out of Its banks at Tuscola and Villa Grove. Schools were closed at Arcola, Arthur and Hen- nlng. Residents of Stonlngton, Bement, Mt. Zion, Lovington, Sullivan and Tuscola reported several feet of water In their basements. At Tuscola the flood put out furnaces in most homes and residents were forced to move Into hotels and the railroad station to keep warm In 12 above weather. Waters of the Embarrass also sent water through the streets of Newton and Greenup. At Casey, the high school was forced to close when rising waters cut off use of the furnace, Rain, falling since Monday, left an estimated three and one-half Inches of water In Decatur. A large swarm of bees that has been without the usua t shelter bees seek has been living up to this time in an exposed place on a tree in Rivervlew park. Usually swarming bees will seek out a hollow tree into which there Is a convenient opening and in they go to ma.ke their honeycomb and there deposit the store of honey they gather. But this swarm of bees picked an exposed place about 35 feet above ground, underneath a broad fork of two tree limbs where the westerly slope drops off into the sunken garden. There they built a great ball of honeycomb, estimated 'to weight 25 pounds, and in it they stored away their winter's supply of honey. There still remains a good supply of the honey, though It is the story that someone harvested part of it, leaving enough of the honey for the bees' support. W. A. McKee, whose home Is perhaps nearest to the tree and who has an intimate knowledge of bee-raising, today said that a few weeks ago the bees were still there and so was most of their honey. He has the opinion that the bees will pass through 'the winter safely even though their home is not planned to protect them from such weather as the present. • Plan to Incorporate Cicero as City Defeated CHICAGO, Jan. 4. (JPI— A proposal to incorporate suburban Cicero as a city was defeated at a special election yesterday. (Picture* on FuRe 6) Two hundred volunteer workers Tuesday night and early this morning dumped sandbags into three low points on Indian Creek levee east of Roxana and northeast of Wanda. Today the normally-tiny creek that had become a swollen giant, with Tuesday's deluge was reported to have been confined behind the levee banks. William Hanfelder of South Roxann said 2500 sandbags had been placed at this point and the leak was stopped. Apparently any danger of further seepage over the levee was stopped, according to Hanfelder who said: "We think the levee's safe for a while, if there isn't a thaw .and no further rise in the creek." It was estimated water spread over 500 acres and the repair of the one break saved additional acres. In particular, he said, the rising waters lapping over the levee were a menace to valuable equipment of the Don Kaley Construction Co., just north of the Illinois Terminal tracks which parallel the Old Edwardsville road east to Edwardsville from Wanda. The firm has a number of generators and heavy construction equipment which would have been in the path of seep water, Hanfelder said. • Families Evacuated Meanwhile in Lincoln addition, two miles north of Wanda on the oppos'te side of Kendall Hill, Smith's lake overflowed and six families whose home were in the midst of the rising waters were evacuated to friends' homes. In this, the Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps aided. Six families were known to have been moved out. Indian Creek, meanwhile, was falling slightly today, levee volunteers reported. Meanwhile, the temperature dropped abruptly. The creek ordinarily is about 2 feet deep in the Wanda area, Hanfelder estimated, and probably aver aging 2 feet in width. With the torrential rains of Tuesday, however, the little stream rose an estimated 18 feet. Contrary to early reports, there appeared to be little danger of flood menace to the Shell plant, a m'.le from the main overflow area. All basements of homes along the Wanda-Poag blacktop road north of Wanda were flooded, Feed the Birds, as Ice Covers Ground A lover of birds called the Telegraph this morning, asking that a plea be published for persons to scatter food in their yards for birds. Last night's snow and sleet prevented birds from getting food today. Continued on Page *, Col. S. Victims of Flood May Register at Wood River Flood victims seeking help may register with the Red Cross at the Roundhouse in Wood River, from 9 to 5:30 dally and from 9 to 1:30 Saturday. The Red Cross said today it had received requests for evacuation of families in Glendale gardens. Plans Own Race, But- Motorboat Club to Support MMA Alton-Hardin Marathon The Alton Motorboat Club is 100 percent behind the Midwest Marine Association's June 4 Alton- Hardin motorboat Marathon. Its president, Edward C. Kramer, has been serving as local coordinator for the event, under appointment of Dr. H. W. Trovillion, the Greater Alton Association of Commerce's McAdams Highway chairman. But last night the club made It official. After hearing Dr. Trovillion stress the need for and the possibilities of the McAdams Highway, the club voted its complete support for the MMA's marathon — even though It would at the time be executing plans for its own annual race in Alton Lake, Dedication of the highway is planned as part of the marathon day activities. In supporting the MMA races, the club will place at their disposal its 500 feet of dockage space. Urges leading Place It also expressed itself as favor- Ing support to any plan that would make possible a small-boat landing place as near as possible to Lincoln-Douglas Square in Alton. The meeting was the club's January session, held In its quarter- boat at Clifton Terrace. While describing the many phases of need for the McAdams Highway, Dr. Trovillion told the club "If we are to accommodate the increased traffic in this area resulting from this through scenic highway, It is mandatory that we aulld an additional bridge, such as that recommended recently by the r Alton Evening Telegraph." Dr. Trovillion described the possibilities of a perimeter drive which would bring traffic from St. Lpuls through Alton, over McAdams Highway, up through Grafton and Hardin, across Calhoun county over a proposed new bridge to St. Charles, Mo, This would be a benefit of the McAdams Highway In addition to its use by north-south traffic. Points of Commercial Side As an example of the size of the tourist / trade, he stressed that (150,000,000 is spent annually in summer tourist business in Wisconsin and Minnesota—from which the river scenic highway of which the McAdams road eventually will be a part would draw heavily. Twelve billions, he said, were spent annually in interstate travel, and another $12 billions in intra- stato travel. Paid for gasoline taxes are $212,000,000. For developing the nation's highway system, the federal government now has appropriated $433,000,000—compared to 1664,000,000 (or development of waterways. Dr. Trovillion pointed out the trend of population from the farm toward the city; and Into, more compact quarters in the city. Labor's gains pf shorter hours, higher pay, and earlier retirement pointed in but one direction—more leisure time and need for more leisure facilities, he stressed. This again underlined the need for full development In this great Industrial district of the recreation area that has been started here, SAND BOILS CAPPED WITH SAND BAGS—Lt. Cmdr. T. P. Winkler of the Coast Guard communications division, was in charge of a detail of seven men from St. Louis, who assisted residents of the Wanda area in sandbagging their levee. He stands at the base of the levee where one "sand boil" was conquered by filled sacks of sand. This was the largest of several soft spots, and the levee as a whole was strong enough to withstand the assault of the rain.- Staff photo. $28,300 Set as Storm Toll In Hartford Area Storm damage at Hartford, Tuesday, was estimated today at $28,300 by a Red Cross committee headed by Edward Meyer. The Red Cross survey .confirmed the Telegraph's report of 12 homes damaged, three of them destroyed. The Red Cross canteen was open at the Hartford civic center, where registration was available for persons seeking aid. The registration office will be open from 9 to 5:30 dally until Saturday when the hours will be 9 to 1:30. Few calls for aid were received. Occupants of damaged houses went to the homes of relatives. While the "baby tornado" caused damage to the Shell refinery, operation was unaffected. Three tanks were buckled, the tower of ,a cooling building virtually wrecked, and the roof of a. chemical building partly blown off. The Shell pumping station was undamaged, but some loss was caused at the pumphouse of the Texas Co. The pumphouse was unroofed, and water from the heavy rains caused cessation of operations for a time at the Texas station. Because power lines were down, the Illinois Terminal operated buses between St. Louis and Alton after its electric cars were stopped. Traffic was resumed on Highway 67 through Hartford about 5 p. m., Tuesday. Telephone and electric connections in the south part of the village again are normal. Much frozen water is located in streets and alleys of the community. Ex-WAC Tells Police She Shot Her Husband PITTSBURGH, Jan. 4. <#)—A plump former WAC told police she shot and killed her husband of six months after he told her "women are too dumb to use a gun." Police said they found John Howrylchak, 35 - year - old steel worker, dying on the kitchen floor of his father-in-law's bungalow yesterday after Mrs. Dorothy Ziegler Howrylchak, 29, telephoned them "I just shot my husband." Howrylchak died as he was being carried from the house. In a statement made to Allegheny pounty detectives, Mrs. Howrylchak said the shooting climaxed six months of domestic strife resulting from her husband's jealousy. She Is held without charge. They were married last June. Rockford Votes to Reject Federal Housing Aid ROCKFORD, Jan. 4 UP>— The Rockford city council has voted to reject any federal housing aid. The council had been asked by the Winnebago County Housing Authority to approve an application for a 400-unit project. CIO and AFL leaders had urged that government aid be accepted. After hearing protests from the chamber of commerce and the Rockford Real Estate Board, the council voted 14-4 not to ask for any federal aid for housing. Both the chamber of commerce and the real estate board contended private enterprise could take care of Rockford's housing needs,. Named to Medical Board SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 4 (*i—Dr. Philip G. Thomson of Dolton today was named a member of the Illinois medical examining committee. He succeeds Dr. Charles P. Blair of Monmouth, who resigned The changes were announced by Noble J. Puffer, state registration and education director, Basements of Homes Flooded In Wood River WOOD, RIVER, Jan. 4 — Flooded basements where water had affected furnaces drew attention of the street and alley maintenance department last night and this morning as an aftermath of flood conditions which prevailed Tuesday throughout the east section of Wood River. The street and alley Freezing Rain, Sleet and Snow Glaze Streets And Highways Early-Morning Traffic It Snarled—Temperature Drops to 8 Alton area today was gripped >y an Ice storm which slowed all mediums of transportation and which was the cause of disturbances in the telephone and electrie >ower service. More snow was forecast, with near-zero temperature Thursday. Modifying the street and side* walk hazards, however, was • grainy covering of sleet on the ,cy-undercoating. Automobile drivers and pedestrians were able to gain a bit of consolation from the thought that conditions might have been worse. Ice and sleet In Alton came in the wake of balmy, mild weather, and rain which In two days totaled 5.15 inches to provide heaviest precipitation in three years. Rain was pouring down as most residents retired Tuesday night.* When they arose today, the landscape was a sheet of sleet and Ice, and t.rees, poles and wires, also all un« sheltered vehicles, bore a glisten- Ing coating. Absence of wind after ice began to coat trees and wires, about • p.m. Tuesday, minimized damage, and what the electrical utility men term "trouble." Weight of ice | caused comparatively few branchea [to fall. Few Power Breaks At Union Electric Power Co. circuit breaks were said to have been "relatively few," and the comment was made, "Conditions considered, we've been fairly fortunate." The power company, it was said, had two types of circuit breaks during the night. One was the breaking of a 25-cycle high tension line near Federal that interrupted , ance men worked throughout last night and until 1:30 a.m. this morning pumping out five of the basements. Work was resumed again today for at least eight more basements, according to Frank Starkey, superintendent. The worst area reported has been the 900 block on Penning avenue where five basements were flooded. Other sections of the city where basements were flooded include Edwardsville road, Tipton, Whitelaw and Central avenues. At 11 o'clock last night, the Alton Emergency Corps moved several families by boat from a flooded section of Lincoln Addition, northeast of Wood River. A four- block radius nenr the low section of Lincoln Addition around Woodlawn cemetery was described as having considerable flood damage. A. McMillan, a resident of the area, reported that his family had been unable to fire the furnace since 4 p.m. Tuesday. He said that water rose last night and that if it keeps rising, he expects to evacuate his home by noon. Water was described as between four and five feet deep In the road in front of the McMillan residence. Streets which were flooded Tuesday wereWro/en this morning. Starkey described all streets as slick and had men of his department applying cinders at the busiest intersections. The department has approximately 25 loads of cinders on hand which is considered an ample supply. Traffic was resumed sometime Tuesday night on Route 159 after the state highway division had blocked the road because of flood conditions. Sixth street between Acton and Edwardsville road and all of Central avenue were block* ed today because of the water. Whitelaw avenue at the high school between Eaton and Chessen was still blocked this morning. Extent of damage to streets will be unknown until water subsides. Reformists Win in Egyptian Voting CAIRO, Egypt, Jan. 4. (Jft— The mildly reformist Wafd party— out of power In Egypt since Kink Farouk dismissed a Wafdist govern* ment in 1944-rolled up overwhelming vote majorities in yesterday's parliamentary elections. Incomplete returns reported by (he ministry of the interior today showed Wafd candidates defeating Saadist politicians, who formerly controlled the parliament's lower house, by majorities running as high as 10 to one. (Strict Egyptian censorship presumably prevented direct interpretation of the Wafd party's top* heavy victory. But outsiders fa* mlllar with Egyptian conditions considered the vote a rebuke to the Saadist army's flop In fighting against Israeli troops in the Palestine war last year. The ministry of the interior announced these results on the basis of returns from one-third of the 31!) parliamentary districts: Wafd 70, Liberal Constitutional. IsU 5, Saadists 4, Nationalists 4, Socialists 1, and Independent* IX. . service of this type of power to mainten- I Laclede stee] Co> At tne 8tee ] ,,,11^ however, it was said there had been no Interruption of operations due to the power line break,, and that restoration of service. had been given about 9 a. m. Breaks also occurred in some do. mestic power circuits, likely from falling, ice-coated branches striking wires. One section of Middletown was without power for three and a half hours because of line trouble at Twelfth and Langdon. Also isolated breaks In service lines to some homes were found. Line crews worked most of the night and continued today on repairs. 290 Phones Out At Bell Telephone Co. office H was said that up to 8 a. m. today 290 cases of "trouble" had been reported — this meaning that the same number of telephones were temporarily out of service. Out oC this total, 252 were out because two cables had been burned through by falling power wires, it was said. The cable break affect- Ing the most telephones was at Twelfth and Langdon. Crews went to work at 2 a. m. today on repairs, and by 10 a. m. a third of affected phones were back in service. Street department crews were called out at 11 p. m. and worked all night bailing icy conditions on the main routes through the city. The city was better equipped tof an Ice battle than ever before. Street Supt. William E. Parker had two cinder trucks in operation. One was eqiupped with the new cinder spreader that can be operated by the truck driver, the other carried the old spreader which !• only semi-automatic. In addition, some salt was used in connection with the cinders. Police received no complaints of traffic difficulties on Belle hills, which have been a chronic trouble point in all snow and ice storms. Early today, with temperature still dropping, ley spots appeared at various points, including boulevard stops, and the cindering crews continued work in the afternoon to coat these paints of special hazard. Ice began to coat tree branches and wires by 10 p. m. Tuesday, and a half hour later sleet began to fall, mixed with rain. Immediately the pavements began to glaze, first In the residential area* on the hilltops, and by 11 p. m* on main thoroughfares and the downtown district. Rain continued; but finally, precipitation .turned wholly to sleet to put a rough top on the Initial glare of ice. Temperature In Alton had reached a spring-like top of §4 degrees between 10 and 11 a. m. Tuesday, but had fallen to frets- Ing point, downtown, by • p, *. Temperature then continued •* p degrees until 13:30 a. m, when ft fairly steady further decline M* in. By 0 a. m. today, the mg downtown waa " At Alton lock and dam, predj* atlon In the M hour* emltni e* 7 a. m. today was £M Inehea, Is) the previous 24 hours, ralnJftU was 1.ST Inches. v halnfall yesterday to the nortft and west brought a sharp uptum in the river stage. The fife to* en Pot* * Ook I,

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