Herald and Review from Decatur, Illinois on January 14, 1927 · Page 1
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OurW eather Man Airy Stuff See Bud Fisher's Comic Strip Feature Page Ml 4. . . CEXEIULLY FAIR " v 47TH YEAR -s ? : J ' ' rKlUA Y MUKlNIfviU, January 14,1927- THREE CENTS II J Smith TELLS OF PLANS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE ELECTION Approaches 'Task Unafraid;' Says Further Delay 'Unwarranted' TO CAPITOL NEXT WEEK ( By Associated Press") CHICAGO, Jan. 14. Col. Frank L. ' Smith of Dwight, designated by Gov. Lea Small to fill the unexpired term of the late United States Senator William B. McKinley, and the senator-elect for the long; term as the deceased senator's successor, announced Thursday night that early next week he would present his credentials to the Senate. "In deference to views and circumstances which were entitled to due consideration, I have, until now, delayed action upon my constitutional rights, Colonel Smith said concerning the controversy which has raged about his appointment and election. A, Senate investigating committee, headed by Senator James A. Reed of Missouri, developed that a great par cf the Smith campaign fund was contributed by the heads of public utilities over which, as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, he had jurisdiction. Asks Only Hearing "A sifting of all circumstances and considerations leads inevitably to the conclusion that further delay is unwarranted," he said. To procrastinate further would be unfair to the people of Illinois and a discourtesy to the Governor, he said. "Subsequent to taking the oath, I' shall conform to whatever procedure: is prescribed by the usual practise of j the Senate in such cases, asking onlvj a full and impartial hearing," said! the senator-designate's statement. "I; shall do this, confident that I shall , measure up to every requirement of: the office to which I have oeen Dotn appointed and elected." "Gloried in Attack" In saying that he was not unmindful of political conditions which appear to exist in Washington, he de- iur lu eac -"" ciarea, "conditions so - dc almost unoenevaoie. cuiiuuiuns . reflected in addresses upon the floor of the Senate by speakers, who '"tak-lng advantage of time and place, apparently gioried in the thought that the one assailed was to be deprived of constitutional rights and of opportunity to defend them." Such incident Colonel Smith said: Portended an assault upon constitutional rights and state sovereignty of grave and fundamental import-Is "Unafraid" ".My purpose, and my only purpose, in going; there at this time is to hold the dignity and sovereign rights of my state, and I approach the task undiscou raged and conscientiously unafraid," the statement concluded The expression of determination to go to Washington was prefaced by .- review of circumstances which brought him into possession of the two sets of credentials as junior senator for Illinois. Thursday night's the'secCoine, Smith has il'rbTre court if Dinue uie storm wiuivc aujv : upon the appointment by Governor Smfiii month a en The first state ment. reiterated repeatedly until Thursday, was: "I have nothing to say." "When the times comes, I shall talk." . ... Col. Smith nointed out that ms in terpretation of "members" of enxta nthiriiisc "consistently the and uniformly interpreted," are only (Continued on page 1"' , THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR ILLINOIS Generally fair and colder Friday: Saturday fair and continued cold. LOCAL WEATIIF.U i a. m Noon 3 7 p. m -' High 33 Low 23 Snowfall 10 i'3 Sun rises Sun sets 4:35 TEMPEIIATIBES 1 p. m. High Low Thurs. Wed. New York 38 38 24 Jacksonville 60 64 4,5 New Orleans 3S ' 61 Chicago 3- Cincinnati 40 H- Detroit 30 30 - Omaha IS -" 1 Minneapolis Helena 4 ' 4 :tu Francisco .... 5 Winnipeg -10 -4 '-" Boston 34 3ti L to Try Drinkers Debate Banning Beer to Get More Beer i BY ERIC KEYSER I'nitcd News Staff Correspondent BERLIN, Jan. 14 A social ferment over beer has taken the thoughts of Bavaria far from war and rumors of It. It Is a problem within a problem for those protesting a general Increase In the price of the foaming amber beverage to four pfennigs a litre. They want .to strike, but a strike would mean no beer. At least they are still measuring beer by the litre, not by thimblesful In Bavaria, and that Is something, say the anti-strikers. To institute a boycott against the beer barons and the government which taxes it might be exciting enough if without beer ex citement were possible. So they are meeting in many a hofbrim and even in the shade of the giant $eer tanks in the breweries and while some say strike others argue for "beer at auy price." At Landshut the Socl-illsts held a meeting and resolved that "Every citizen should restrict his beer drinking to what is humanly possible." But the resolution wasn't popular and it ij said that the chairman who called the meeting will talk to the benches next time he launches such a campaign. i APLIN WILL FIGHTJJHARGES Comedian Intends to Defend 'His Name;' to New York To Get Lawyer (By United Press.) CHICAGO, Jan. 14. Speeding toward New York Thursday night Charles Chaplin carried with him the determination to "fight every one of those charges." He left Chicago shortly after noon the Twentieth Century while d of f,aDners braved the snow- - - . . mrm to bid him farewell, une iam- ous screen comedian had been, here since 9 o'clock Wednesday night. Will Fight-In New York, he will engage Attorney Nathan Eurkan to defend him against th sensational allegations made bv- Lita Grey Chaplin in her bill for divorce. Eurkan represents Chaplin in other legal matters. "As soon as I get to New York and see my lawyer I will issue a public cinfpmcnt " Chanlin said. 1 win j ight every one of the charges but I up-jam reserving any other statement until I have consulted my lawyer. Wife Threatens to Reveal Names Bv United Xe-cs. LOS ANGELES. Cal., Jan. 14. The names of the six motion picture actresses charged by Mrs. Lita Grey Chaplin in her divorce suit with hav- such a course is necessarj. - .,ro Mrs. Chaplin's attorneys made an attempt to have receivers for the comedian's property stop the salary oC Miss Edna Purviance. formerly his leading lady. The S'JO weekly which Miss Pur-viance receives is needed for the two Chaplin babies, tor wnom no provision has been made, it was declared by Edwin T. McMurray. chief counsel for -Sirs. Chaplin. WHY SNOWSTORMS ARE LIMITED When a heavy snowstorm is raging it is difficult for us to remember that it is probably ' very limited in its extend. Similarly, when we read of a city-farther west being buried in snow it is very natural for us to expect heavy snow here soon. Conditions favoring heavy snowfall are even more restricted htan those responsible ror neav rainfall, for there is temperature limit on snow fall, compared a double abundant with a single one on rainfall. For a large deposit of snow the temperature cannot, of course, be much above freezing at any level through which the snow falls, neither can the temperature where the snow is forming be so low as to limit the available vapor to small figures. The best conditions for snow, therefore, are found where the temperatures are close to the freezing point in the snow cloud and little, if any, above freezing down below. (Ail rights reserved by Science S ic:. Inc.) For SOUGHT TO GIVE UP, SLAYER OF THREEDECLARES Offered to Surrender but Home Was Dynamited, Dying Man Says CONFESSES THE KILLINGS iBy Associated Press) KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 14. W. B. Johnson, Jefferson county farmer and one-time peace officer, slayer of three persons at Jefferson City. Tenn., Wednesday afternoon and night, and himself probably fatally wounded, from his bed at a hospital here Thursday said that his offer to surrender to storming possemen who had surrounded his home Wednesday night, was ignored. "I sent for the sheriff by a man named Donalds, my "message being that I wouldn't harm a hair of his head if he would come and take me. They threw dynamite and gas bombs Into my home instead. Now they have wrecked the only home my family has. For myself I don't care as I shall never get up." Letters Explain All. Johnson has a bullet hole through the head just under the eye inflicted by a Knox county deputy, member of a band that stormed hi3 home near Jefferson City early Thursday after it had been partly wrecked by dyna- j mite. He was brought here a short time later, and under guard is being treated, but with little hope held out that he will recover. j The slayer Thursday, stated that letters he had left behind would ex- j plain everything. !'I had three separate warrants sworn out . for Mrs. Howard, and her daughter. Mrs. Jes sie Bishop Derore 1 snot mem. ne said. Later he admitted regret at shooting the women. "I wouldn't have done it for anything but the old woman said she had a gun and made as though to reach inside her dress for it. I thought she was going to shoot, so I shot first." Family Fled. Few additional details filtered Into Knoxvllle Thursday from those pre viously given as a contributing cause for the tracedy that stalked the streets of the small college town Wednesday and claimed the lives, not only of the aged crippled woman. Mrs. Howard and her daughter, but also that of Dibrell Hicks, senior at Carson-Newman college. Hicks fell, just after 7 oclocK memhers of Johnson's family were leaving the beleaguered home with the hunted man at an upper window. and from which a hail of learf De scended as his wife and children started away. Shot Ended TalK. Wednesday's tragedy is said to have been the consequence of recurrent trouble between the two women .-.nd Johnson over alleged Intimacies between him and Mrs. Bishop, the mother of a nine-year-old son. whose husband died in the World war. Johnson met the women on the streets .of Jefferson City late Wednesdfv and suddenly terminated a conversation by firing point blank at them with a pistol. DUTIFUL SON WOULD BUY BEER TO SAVE HIS DYING MOTHER By United Xeics. NEW YORK. Jan. 14 The demand for stock in the Feiganspan brewery is decidedly bullish. Announcement recently by Christian W. Feiganspan. president, that the biewery would cease to operate next w.ek and that 4.000 barrels ot Old India, Burton's and stock ale. in the brewery since before PrJ,t'n' will be distributed to stockholders as a liquid dividend, has started a stampede to buy stock. . Feigenspan is being bese'ged witn all sorts of offers and reasons .n he should sell some of the stock, one would-be purchaser, who ants ust one share of the liquid dividend to save his dying mother. 'MA' FERGUSON SI ill HANDING OUT PARDONS B Associated PrM)Thlrty.one AUSTIN, Tex., Jan. 14 Thirty on-fnU pardon, were added Thursday to Gov. Miriam A. Ferguson s record smashing list of clemency acts With only five days of her to year term remaining, the woman ex ecutive's clemency total had reached t 4l One life sentence was com mltcd ?o four years in addition to Thursday's pardons, which numbeicd about half of the daily Quota for the past several weeks. GOVERNMEi HAULED OFF ROCKS (Bv United Press.) --DraiT R. I.. Jan- 14 The '.' Tailed on a government noa - l e In jNarragm""--" -.- the freighter, "p""" ... ' hled clear shortly i-ornuiiii', www. - still after mlilniffht fast on the rocks. The crew - i e x-uiin" , moved Wednesday uiiu.- Senate Seat Woman Aviator To Filibuster In Nicaragua By United News. NEW ORLEANS. Jan. 14 The first and only woman to ever leave this haven of filibusters to participate in a Central American revolu tion is a former Nebraska school teacher. Small and young and hazel-eyed, Mrs. William Brooks sailed for Nlc-i-lagua Thursday on the steamship Lempira. She went for the love ot her husband, a wild aviator who . Is to be assistant chief of the Nieara- guan air forces. His 130 is to drop 20-pound nitro-gycerine bombs on the enemies of President Diaz. All For Hubby Tvo got to see Billy through this thing." Mrs. Brooks offered as a sufficient explanation as she stood on the meager deck of the Lempira. "We've barnstormed together from Montana to Louisiana. Over the Rockies and the plains. I've had a lot of forced landings. "But firecrackers terrorize mc. When we'd be flying at country fairs and there'd be a celebration I'd go to my room and bury my head under pillows. But I'd go with him to this war even if they were using 50 pound bombs." 1 E T KILLED IN SHIP BLAST Stevedores Loading Gasoline At Mexican Dock Die In Explosion By United Xcv-s. TAMPICO. Mexico. Jan. 14 Kisht persons have been killed and 30 Injured in an explosion aboard the steamship Essex owned by The Essex Transport and Trading company. Fire broke out in the forward hold of the vessel after the explosion. Stevedores and members of the crew were among those killed an.i injured. The explosion occurred while stevedores were loading cases of gasoline st the Aguila terminal dock. Officials Doubt Maris Confession Canton Killing (By United Press.) COLUMBUS, O., Jan. 14 Officials were in possession of a signed confession of Jack Lopez Implicating persons in the murder of Don R. Mel-lett. editor of the Canton Daily News. While Lopez's statement Is being investigated thoroughly, officials placed little credence in it because the man is known as an "habitual confessor." In spite of Lopez's reputation for seeking the spot light through admis sions of guilt, the confession indicated he was exceptionally familiar with details of the killing. Ft 1 ooran r Ks ArDiira Latin-American Tan BY RAYMOND (United News Staff WASHINGTON'. Jan. 14 Senator Uorali. chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee called upon the administration in a speech Thursday to settle the Mexican and Nicaraguan pontroversies peaceably by: 1. Withdrawing recognition of Diaz, in Nicaragua and calling for a new election to determine the wishes of the inhabitants. 2. Submitting the oil law dispute with Mexico to arbitration. Hoiixe Squelches Opposition Freceding Borah's speech, the House Foreign Affairs committee squelched anti-administration tactics by voting down resolutions to withdraw marines and to question Secretary of State Kellosig regarding his pol icy. Other developments included: Disclosure at marine corps headquarters that tho marine mails guard if being stripped from 2.500 to 1.000 men to provide mobile forces for possible movement into Latin-America. New MiniNfcr Arrives Arrival of the new Diaz minister from Nicaragua, Alejandro Cesar who was received by Secretary of State Kellogg with subsequent arrangements to present his credentials at the White House. Formal announcement by the State Department that it had sought to obtain a marine corps reserve officer to instruct the Nicaraguan con- jstabulai - y at the request of President iDiaz. t'hnrgej ''Red Herrinc latement by Senator Wheeler, SUICIDE STRIPS MYSTERY FROM FOURDEATHS Indiana - Woman Says She Murdered Farm Hand For Insurance AUTHORITIES SUSPICIOUS (.By Tutted Press.) CULVER, Ind., Jan. 14 A series of tragedies at the farm of Mrs. Emma Werner, 48, near here, was climaxed Thursday when she shot and killed herself after writing a note admittin responsibility for death by poisoning ot Kussell c West, young farm hand. All of the mystery deaths have oc curred during the last two years. Beside young West, Mrs. Werner's father, husband and Ralph West, a brother of Russell, have died there. Coroner R. E. Johnson of Plymouth was on the point of ordering Mrs. Werner arrested for the latest death oa her property, he said. He intended to question her also about the succession of deaths In her household. The farm woman admitted to Johnson that she had Induced West to name her the beneficiary in a fl,-000 life insurance policy. Ralph West, the brother, died recently on tho same farm. Mrs. Werner received life insurance through his demise also. The dead woman collected Insurance on the deaths of her father and her husband. Coroner Johnson disclosed. He intends to have the three bodies exhumed for an autopsy. GET JURY FOR TRIAL Minister Seems That He Will Satisfied Get a Fair Hearing Bv United News. AUSTIN. Tex., Jan. 14 The Jury which will hear the evidence in the murder trial of Dr. J. Frank Norrls, pastor' of the First Baptist church ot Fort Worth. Tex was completed and sworn in Thursday. It was completed when both the defense and the prosecution asreeJ on the twelfth juror, but not until after submitting him to an exhaustive examination regarding his religious leanings. Th-ce days were required to select the jury and scores of veniremen were examined. Four were selected Thursday. Two admitted membership in the Ku Klux Klan. Rev. Morris seemed satisfied that the 12 men would try him fairly in connection with the charge that he murdered J. E. Chipps, wealthy lumberman, who was killed last summer in the pastor's stuoy. I CLAPPER Correspondent) Montana Democrat, thut Secretary Kellogg by his Communist charges, is drawing a "red herring" across the trail. Informal assertion of the State Department that the administration has no intention of recalling American Ambassador Sheffield as a result of the Government'3 dispute with Mexico. To Ignore Called rien Indications at State Department that the administration will lgnoie the proposal for arbitration made through the press by Fresident Calles of Mexico. Borah made the first constructive proposals that have come from Congress during the present discussion. Uorah quoted the phrase of his prog-essive associate. Senator Hiram Johnson of California, who had said after hearing Kellogg, "well we are in now, that shall we do about it?" Can Tto Something "It seems to me," Borah continued, "that we are under the highest obligations to call upon Diaz to give the people the right to express their will about their government. We should not keep Diaz there until 1929 but should call for an election and give the people the right to pass upon who shall be their ruler. "We can never trample the conscience of a people with Marines. You cannot shoot them into submission or crush them by force. Wants Pence PruKrnm A - A I gle "We should inaugurate a campaign j has agreed to a 20 per cent, lecuc-of peace and see to get in touch with ition, and Peoria and Franklin coun-(Continucd on page 17 jties to 10 per cent. each. TREETS PILED HIGH WITH WHILE Whole Midwest Smothered by Foot of Snow Storm Moves Eastward to! New England States; Cold to be Severe All Traffic Is Paralyzed (By United Press.) CHICAGO. Jan. 14. Three- quarters ef the United Slates, Thursday, was covered by a 1-foot blanket of snow, while bit ter cold and more snow was ex pected. Countless workers throughout the country were late in getting to work and home, while department stores reported a heavy falling off in Dusincss due to the Ji.ordmately heavy snowfall. Expect Records To Fall In Chicago district alone, a crack Baltimore anl Ohio train was de railed out none or the passengers was injured. Three workmen were severely hurt, however, when a roof under which they were working col lapsed because of the added weight of the snow. Prof. Henry J. Cox, weather forecaster, said there was a good chance that the storm would continue long and heavily enough to smash all snowfall marks since 13 IS. Heading Eastward The storm was heading for New-York state and New Kngland, according to the forecaster, smothering on its way Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Northern Pennsylvania. The entire Central Mississippi Valley was covered by soggy snow. Northwest Cold ' Only Northern Minnesota has escaped the storm, although that re gion is gripped by -xtremely low temperatures. Devil's Lake, N. D, reported 14 degrees below zero. At Winnipeg, Manitoba, the ther mometer registered 18 degrees below ztt- and w.-is sinking rap.iily. Central Illinois Is Carrying Biggest Load iBy Associated Press) CHICAGO, Jan. 14. Swirling snowstorms and low temperatures prevailed Thursday night in eight mid-western states, and forecasters predicted a continuation of snow Friday. Sharp drops In temperature were anticipated by Friday morning in Kansas. Oklahoma and Missouri. Throughout Illinois. Indiana, Michi gan, Wisconsin and Ohio, a general snow fail was reported with a sec tion of central Illinois appearing to be the center of a heavy drive, where reports told of depths of 17 Inches at Peoria. 15 inches at Tana, and about six inches in Chicago. Thousands of workmen cleared the streets and car lines here Thursday and the city presesd many hundreds of trucks Into service in hauling the snow from the business centers. One street car jumped the tracks here and plunged into a garage, but the pasengers escaped injury. Four workmen were injured, and a score of workers were endangered when snow-laden roof of a garage under construction collapsed under the weight of snow. Midwest and East Is Heading South Bv United Xeics. NEW YORK. Jan. 14. Americans are going south in unprecedentea numbers this month. Passencer neents of railroads and steamship lines bearing the bulk of winter traffic to Florida attribute the exodus from New England and middle western states to the series of cold waves that have followed the Christmas holidays north of the Mason-Dixon line. The Clyde steamship line declared it is transporting easterners to Florida at the rate of 1,500 a week. Put on TCxtra Cnrrt. .Western railroads reported residents of that section were deserting the frigidity of their native climates by the thousands fo- the balmier weather of the gulf coast- The Illinois Central railroad reported a big increase in passenger business in the last week due to the cold weather that has hit the midwest.- The I. C. is putting on extra cars of all classes. AGREE TO CUT TAX ON FARM PROPERTY Du Associated Press) CHICAGO. Jan. 14. The Illinois Agricultural Asociation announced Thursday night that Kane. Peoria. Clay and Franklin counties had agreed to reduce farm property valuations for taxation purposes from 10 to 20 per cent., as the result of joint appeals to the Illinois Tax Commission made by the association and the County Farm Bureau. Kane county, it was announced, has agreed to a flat reduction of 10 per cent, in eleven townships in the west two-thirds of the county. Clny 'WORST STORM' Mercury Due For Big Drop Bu United Press.) CHICAGO, Jan. 13. Blanketed by a snow that In some places reached a depth of three feet, the Middle West Thursday was warned of a sharp cold snap which is due Thursday night and Friday. Moderate temperature accompanied the heavy snowfall and In the cities It was quickly transformed Into a sticky slush, but the weather bureau has announced that the mercury will start a sudden drop late Thursday and that by Friday It will be "much colder." With few exceptions, railroad schedules have been unaffected as yet by the storm. M'NARY BILL ISAPPROVED House Committee Reports Relief Measure; Adkins Praises It . f By Associated Press) WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 The Mc-Nary-Haugen Farm Relief bill, with its controversial equalization-fee feature, was approved Thursday by the House agricultural committee, party lines breaking on the 13 to S vote to report the measure. Four Republicans joined with that many Democrats In opposition, while eight Kepu oilcans and five Democrats supported it. Chairman Haugen wag Instructed to ask the -rules committee to provide for an early House vote In the proposal which Is certain to face a bitter fight if It Is called up before March 4 adjournment. Throughout the long struggle over farm relief the equalization fee has been the principal point of divergence. Among those who favor, the fee are southern Democrats, who do not, however, want it imposed upon cotton Immediately because, they contend the industry cannot stand It for two years. Representative Adkins, Republican. Illinois, held that the equalization fee was 'body and soul" of the bill. "It Is the best bill we have ever had," he declared, "and we must get it through Congress with the equalization fee in it. Thursday was a great victory for the farmers." Adkins was author of a debenture bill favored by the National Grange, which was turned down by the committee. CUT TREES FOR SEVEN YEARS; IS KILLED BY THE LAST TO FALL By Ur.ited Xeics. DUNDRUM. Ulster, Jan. 14 James Brown, expert woodsman, started to cut down the last tree in a forest which he had been engaged seven years, under contract, in clearing. He stook back waiting for the tree to fall; it crashed the wrong way, killing him instantly. PUBLISHER IS KILLED IN FALL FROM WINDOW iBu Associated Press) COLUMBUS, O., Jan. 14 Robert F. Wolfe. 61. one of the most picturesque figures in the business and political life of Ohio, died Thursday in a fall from the fourth floor of the Columbus Dispatch building. He was publisher of the Ohio State Journal. His death occurred apparently when he lost his balance while standing at an open window of his of his office. A moment before he had complained of feeling ill. It was thought he sought a breath of fresh air, and was overcome by dizziness. PENNSYLVANIA BALLOT BOXES TO BE OPENED (Bv United Press.). ' WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 An agree--ment requesting Pennsylvania of-! f icials to turn over to the Sergeant- at-arms of the Senate or officials designated by him all ballots cast in the Pennsylvania election last November was signed here Thursday by Senator-elect Vare and Rowland B. Mahany, attorney for William S. Wilr son. Democrat, who is contesting Vare's seat. COOLIDGE ECONOMY EXTENDS TO FLAG tBu United Press.) WASHINGTON. Jan. 14 Coolidge economy has reached the pinnacle st the White House the flag on the roof. Wintry winds ripped the six foot bunting almost in half. The flag was ; hauled down, a patch was sewed on and the flag rehoisted. I Flaw regulations stipulate that the flag shall never be p-itched and now Col. S. A. Cheney, the President's military aide is expecting letters from patriotic societies protesting. SNOW RAGES Freeze Coming Thursday Night Presages Woe Formation of Slick Sheet of Ice Under Snow Indicates Traffic Trouble 'Still Going Strong With at least nine inches of snow blanketing the city after a continuous precipitation of nearly 30 hours, Decatur at midnight Thursday was in the grip of its heaviest snowfall in ten years. . Falling of the snow let up around 9 o'clock Thursday night, but with a fall in temperature, resulting, in formation of a heavy sheet of ice beneath the snow, there was indication that the worst of the storm was yet to come. Railroads, struggling to keep up running schedules despite slippery snow-covered tracks early Thursday began losing the fight to keep on time. At midday, all trains . on the Wabash and the Illinois Central were from 15 to 30 minutes late, according to trainmasters and dispatchers. Illinois Traction system cars were also delayed. Illinois Central officials were preparing to Bend out snowplows to clear tracks to the north; an I. T. S. plow was held in readiness to open up the right of way between Decatur and Clinton. Reports of dispatchers for both the steam and the electric transportation lines were that the worst snowdrifts are toward the north, although burled tracks and obscured signals to the south are causing difficulty, In Decatur proper, a battle to keep traffic moving started soon after daylight Thursday. A snowplow was sent out by the Illinois Power & Light Corp., to clean off car tracks. Crews of repairmen were organized in anticipation of breaks in overhead power lines, possible because of the weight of snow on the cables. Telephones Working Trouble calls sent in to the repair and construction department of the Illinois Bell Telephone Co., Decatur division, showed the customary increase incident to adverse .weather, although the telephone difficulties were no more than normal for a storm like tho one now prevailing-, It was explained. Nearly 75 calls foF repairs were relayed Thursday morning from the main office of the telephone company to the maintenance officials. Street Dept. Busy on Crossings, Drains. All available workmen of the municipal street department, 18 in number, were delegated to the task of digging crossings and keeping drains and catch basins of local thorough fares open, so that when the snow flakes stop falling and a thaw sets in, the slush underfoot can flow away quickly. H. J. Collett, street super intendent, promised that snowplows will start out on sidewalks when the storm breaks. Plows are already at work on state highways north, south, east and west of Decatur, It was reported by the Decatur Motor club. The hard roads were said to be quilted with snow but open for careful driving. The now is drifting high In places, according to information gained over long distance telephone by the Motor club. Few Customers Local business houses, chiefly the retail stores, "were feeling the effects of Thursday's inclement weather. Customers in the stores were few in number; streets of the business dis-(Continned on Page 3.) Classified Offerings Turn now to the Classified Section. You'll find more bargains offered there. 1926 FORD Touring, J250. STORE ROOM, 22x94. Rent reasonable. S. C. RHODE ISLAND BED Cockerels, J2.50. $3,00 HAIR GOODS SALE. Herald Classified ill 1 ! f

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