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suspicions were right; 'the kind,
fat iceman, seated
at his desk was de
luging the sur
rounding space with
tions of frightful
''What now, old
sport?" I asked, as
suming an unwonted hilarity-for
"Oh, my dear sir," he cried,
"I'll have to raise the ice maybe
a dollar a thousand next summer.
"Why, haven't we one of those
old-fashioned winters you pleaa
ed for," I asked, "and isn't there
enough ice on the lake to keep
half of the midwest in cold stor
age all next summer?"
"True," he replied, "but the
ice is thick and hard, too hard to
cut easily; also'it is cold, and our
men freeze their ears; besides
that the water under the ice is too
wet. No, I see no other way out
of it, if we must raise the price,
next summer, we MUST.
COAL MINES SHUT DOWN;
FAMINE COMPLAINED OF
Springfiled, 111., Jan. 18. Be
cause of the lack of motive pow
er, and the consequent congestion
of freight cars, the coal mines in
the Springfiled district have
been forced to close down, not
withstanding that surrounding
cities are complaining of a coal
More than 1,000 cars of coal
are lying in the local yardswhile
every mine siding is packed to its
capacity waiting for motive pow
er. " -
Railroad officials declare that
the- situation, is one of the most
serious in years, but profess to be
lieve if the rise in temperature
continues they will be able to lift
Leaders of' the striking shop
men on the I. C. here, intimated
that the weather undoubtedly
had sornething to do" with-the de
m6ralization of the motive power
of the railroads, but thatx if any,
of the freight tied up consigned to
the Illinois Central, th eeffect of
the strike was the prime factor
in reducing the efficiency of its'
WITH MINERS' STRIKE .
London, Jan. 18. Unless ef-
forts to effect a compromise are,
successful, a gigantic coal miners'
strike will begin in England on
Leaders of the union miners an-
ndunced today that the recent
ballot showed 445,801 for and'
115,921 against a strike unless the.,
operators consented to their de-,
mandS for a minimum wage scale.
-Should the men strike, the re-
suit would be industrial chaos.
The navy will be helpless, and .
thousarids of big industries will
be forced to close down. There
is now bnly enough coal on hand
to last a month.
Sir George Askwith, the indus
trial commissioner, has taken
steps toward a compromise, f
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