The Wires Will Not be Up Before Saturday Afternoon


Disaster has established its fortress at the corner of St. Clair and Monroe. Telegraph poles ripped and broken, a tangled mass of wires whose twisted and broken end are turned in all directions, a broad litter of bricks and mortar over the streets and sidewalks, little rivers of water turning all the surrounding territory into mud, all these are the evidences of last night’s terrible havoc. It looks as if a furious storm of lightning, wind and rain had swept the corner.


No cars are running on Monroe street. No telephone messages can be carried over the wires of that district. The Consolidated, Robisons, Western Union and Telephone companies have put all their wire men at work, but it will be impossible to repair the damages so that cars can run before to-morrow afternoon.


Great crowds of people are swarming about the corner and crowding against  the ropes stretched to keep them from the ruins. Long heavy poles are stretched along the street ready to take the place of the ruined ones.


Police are pacing pompously about rapping the heads of curious small boys who crowd too close. The length of Monroe street is dotted into people walking to and from town.