THE NATION: A Season for Hope

Snow still lay in the Rockies, New England, and a tier of states across the northern border. But sap was rising early to branch and bud; despite flurries of wintry weather, there had already been days of sun in the coldest states, when gutters tinkled musically to streams from melting drifts. Many Vermont farmers had buckets out in their maple-sugar groves. Though Lake Erie is normally frozen solid far into March, the Nicholson Transit Co. freighter James Watt made a trial run from Detroit to Toledo last week, and found only one insignificant patch of drifting ice.

Bright, green, genuine spring...

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