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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 06, 1912, Image 7

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relief demands', due,to the cold, too heavy
for'TheT charitable institution to handle
The inexorable dropping of
the temperature,' which reached
10 degrees below ero last night,
and which the .weather 'bureau
says may fall.stilj lower, has in
tensified the suffering among the
poor' and unemployed through
out the city, and demands upon
the charitable organizations" for
fuel and food were event greater
today .than yesterday.
Zero weather is prevailing
fromthe Rocky mountains to the
Atlantic coast and in its path is
taking a heavy, toll of death and
suffering. " All cities along the
easterji "seaboard . are swamped,
with applications for relief: r
Continued cold weather; with
even lower temperatures' at some
points is the prediction of the
weather bureau for the central
west today. Warning has been
sent out to shippers that in the
north and northwest tempera
tures are from 25 to 35 below
must be expected, 20 to 30 below
in the west, and 20 below to the
southwest, and '10 to 15 "below to
the south and east.
The full force of the terrific
cold is just making itself felt,
many families who had provisions
when the cold period began being
forced now to ask aid from the
city.
Thursday night's scenes at the
municipal lodging house, at Mc
Dowell's coffee and bread line and
the different police stations were
re-enacted last night. Many men
who had hoped to obtain -shelter
at a temporary free lodging house
at Halsfed and Lake street were
disappointed, as the authorities
were unable to prepare the build
ings It -will be thrown open to
the1 homeless tonight.
' Freezing -weather has brought
about an unprecedented condi
tion in the local fire department.
The department was called upon
to extinguish fires 168 times in
the last 24 hours. The men are
exhausted, arid all the reserves
have been placed on duty, and
they, too, are giving out. After
each blaze the men find their
clothes a solid mass of ice. Many
have suffered frozen hands and
ears.-
Last night the police permitted
the army of homeless meh to
Sleep in hallways in the down
town district. The regulations
were suspended by common con
sent, and the wanderers were per-
mitted to remain wherever they
could find a place to keep warm.
The Children's Aid Society,
one( of the greatest charities' in
the city, which annually provides
clothing and food for thousands
of infant children, today found its
resources gone, and waS forced to
close its offices while a long line
of freezing women waited for re
lief for their little ones.
Five deaths have occurred
which are attributable to the cold.
There have been a number of ac
cidents caused by the unusual
conditions, and over a score of
cases of frozen ears, hands or
feet have "been reported. Private
physicians have treated hundreds
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