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ALTON BVBN1NO TELEGRAPH f HURIDAY, APRIL tt, lift mi Utter Rlppter Current Events on Alton Lake ind Roftinifi' the Piasa Country With HAROLD BRAND n. A, (Diok) Cousley, Telegraph department head, guest columnist for today, wrifps about a city in downstate Illinois. _,_ Large Mood WalM Recently, we drove 170 miles ioufh to Cairo which is at the conflux of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Cairo is a walled city because it is ertclosod completely by flood walls and gates which have prevented flood waters of the two fivers from entering the city Since 1937. It is said that the system of Rates end walls are the largest of the kind in the United Stales. Many times, flood waters have nearly lopped the walls hut the placement of sandbags by volunteers saved ttye city. A point of interest In the city Includes Magnolia Manor which is owned by the Cairo Historical Society. The Manor was purchased last year with the assistance of civic clubs who pledged to help with the upkeep. Each club restored one room of the building, History Cited The manor Is ft wonderful example of southern architecture, and is noted also because Gen. U. S. Grant and his wife lived there for about a year after the Civil War. The Burroundmg grounds have many magnolia trees from which the building received its name. The cupola atop the three-story mansion is reached by climbing a winding stairs which leaves the visitor winded. Hosvever, the view compensates for any shortage of breath. Although our visit was after dusk on a rainy evening, we believe -that It 1$ possible to see bolh rivers on a clear day. The building has 15-foot ceilings and an artistically-designed staircase leading to the second floor from the entry hall. The light fixture in the main hall is large enough to light the hallway on the floor above, too. The basement, rooms are finished and were used probably for servant's quarters. Southern Atmosphere The city has scheduled it.'s annual Magnolia Festival on May 21-22, at which the manor will be dedicated and opened to the public. Cairo has modern hotel and motel accommodations. However, those who wl«h to visit the Festival may write to the Chamber of Commerce for reservations and any further information desired. We have visited other cilies in the deep south, but we had no idea that an Illinois city was so Inbred with atmosphere and customs found only in southern states. History tells us, that during the Civil War, troops were stationed in this city for two years. A Illver Port Due to Cairo's location on Inland waterways, It has been long I an important, port in river trans- iporlalion and shipping, and him- j dreds of boats stop there annually. I River men related that some of the most treacherous navigation 1 channels In the Mississippi are I found northward from Cairo to Chester. The old Golden Kngle was one of the boats sunk in the i area at Grand Tower a few years lago. ( ThP. Stale highway approaching ; Cairo parallels fhe river often and reminds us of the scenery on Route 100 north of Grafton. To reach the city from Alton, lake Route 159 to Red Bud and then follow Route 3. Another point of Interest to see in Cairo in The Hewer, a bronze statue which symbolizes the pioneer spirit of the city's early settlers. Fort Chartres State Park on Route 3 about 10. miles north of Chester is noted also as a tourist attraction, Oslo Now In Italy A new village in Italy has been ! named after J)slao, Norway. It is | being built in the province of Vene- j xia and is so named, Rome reports, j because Its prefabricated houses come from Norway, paid for out of contributions made by Ihe Nori wegian Red Cross following the floods In the Po Valley. 101«Ye§i*OW Grewra Man Cited by Magaginr* OREKNFIEfJ) - The journal of the American Aberdwn-Angus Association rrrenfly pail tribute to Sylvesfw Melvln of Greenfield, plonr-fr bwdpr of Angus cattlf. who Is 101. Mr. Melvln has hrrn actively engaged in raising fine Aberdepn Angus rattle sine** 1(B9. The fifth genwalon of the family, Maurice James Melvln, now resides on the family hompstead In the Rubicon vicinity. Mr. Mplvln was named honorary president of the Illinois Valley AbfrdPPn Angus Breeders Association, which was organized here Feb 17. Breeders of eight counties are In the association, Oreenp, Pike, Scott, Morgan, Jersey, Montgomery, Calhotin and Maeoupln, M. J. Clendenny, Pleasant Hill, is acting president; Melvln Klaus, Carlinville, vice president; and Curtis Twllcholl, Greenfield, secretary treasurer. The first sponsored event of the association will be a sale on May r» in rarrolltnn ind Miurlct James Melvin is sales manager. Thr. MH- vln breeders will have HO fop qual- ; ity cattle on sain at this time. Ohflprvft Birthday ; ! GREENFIELD — Mr, and Mrs. i F, R. .Sponcp.r entertained at din- j |ner Sunday In observance of the 18th i i birthday of their son, Gale Wai- . i trip. GUests were Mr. and Mrs. J. Russell Shtids Jr., Edward Marshall, Fred Bauer, Robert Waltrip, Alton; Mrs. Cora Perkins, and Mr. | and Mis. John Waltrip and son, ; Steven, of Jacksonville. Si* Maemrpfn Ycmtha Inducted Ttidday PARLtNVTLLE - The following from Mncoupin County reported for induction In the U. S. 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