WARMER SATURDAY, BUT
MIGHTY COLD NOW
Statistics on the cold weather.
Its deaths, sufferings, and its
joys. (The latter for the coal
T Weather bureau The mer
cury tonight will fall to 15 de
grees below zero, and may pass
the cold minimum of.16 below es
tablished last week.
Forecaster Cox says A ray of
hope is seen in the promise that
tomorrow it will "be fair and
warmer, but the hope ray will be
stronger than the sunray, though
the present weather is nothing to
The thermometer The mini
mum today was at 3 a. m. At
noon it was 7 above.
Late deaths reported Mrs.
Dorothea Mueller, 70, 851 N.
Wood street; killed when she
( slipped on the icy pavement in
front of 1924 W. Chicago ave.
Her skull was fractured.
Alice McGivern 550 Diversey
parkway; died of burns received
when she ignited her clothing by
standing too close toa stove.
Total deaths attributed to cold
since zero weather began 24.
Suffering Families of unem
ployed and poor in desperate cir
cumstances from cold and prova
tion. Many cases of illness from
lack of proper nourishment and
warm clothing reported and
treated at different hospitals and
police stations. Cases of frozen
hands, feet and ears too numerous
to be recorded. Charitable or
ganizations hampered by lack of
funds to relieve want, and imme-
diate contributions for continua
tion of the work solicited.
Relief headquarters United
Charities, 167 N. La Salle street,
phone Franklip. 1234.
Appeals for aid -.Application
for assistance so great that coun
ty agent's offiqe was swamped
with 1,000 more appeals than
could be investigated ,and satis
fied. President Bartzen of the
county board has appointed 24
'emergency investigators for the
county agent's office.
Traffic congestion EleVated
and surface cars in city delayed.
Horses fall in every street, and
hundreds dying. All railroad
schedules in demoralized condi
tion, and trains from half an hour
to a day late.
Coal famine Threatened that
shortage is only four days away,
and unless weather moderates
and railroads relieve congestion,
supply will be practically ex
hausted. The joy, for the coal dealers
The barons, who have surprised
their patrons by their restraint
for such a lone period, are at last
exhibiting: their vaunted "busi
ness sagacity," and the price f
coal Has been appreciably boost
ed. All persons not havineon
tracts with the dealers will be
forced to pay the new prices.
Companies claim they are not ar
bitrarily raising prices being
spotless angels of commerce
but lay the shortage of coal and
'the consequent rise in price to the
ianure ot the railroads to make
deliveries, and declare that- the
fuel they have stored in their,
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