Books: What the People Said

In Milwaukee lead clouds hung over the city, blotting out the sun. A raw wind whipped in from the south, bringing whitecaps and foam on Lake Michigan, chilling the children who wandered with their parents down Wisconsin Avenue to look at the Christmas toys in the windows of the department stores. In Chicago it was cold and overcast with a threat of snow which began as night fell.

Elsewhere the mildest season reached from coast to coast. Warm in southern California, a perfect day for swimming in the Pacific, unseasonably warm in Kansas City,...

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