Chicago, Oct. 18. - "Too many cooks ipoil the broth." With one weather manager - the man who permanently handles the weather crank- Chicago ireather is uncertain enough. But now bere comes the head man of the machine all the way from Washington to help supply the demand, and what is the result? Lo, hear the report for yesterday, the first secular day of the jubilee; "A strong wind and rain storm thsit prevailed today played havoc with peace jubilee arches and decorations. BIx of the arches were blown down and badly damaged. Three persons were ■truck by pieces of wreckage and seriDUaly injured. Hundreds oí flags and ■treamers of bunting with which the downtown buildings were decorated were torn away by the wind.' Street car trafile was blocked for hours by the aebris." This condition of things spoiled the streets for thejiight bicycle parade, whieh was expected to number 12,000 wheels, and that event was put over to Thursday- if it doesn't snow. Chicago Goes Kight on Celebrating. But unprecedented blizzards in midDctober do not rattle the Chicago peopie and they are going right along jubilating as though the zephyrs were soft u those that blow in Araly the biest; aud skies, the hue of those alleged to ba every day affairs in Venice. The most interesting function yesterday was the visit of President McKinley to the Chicago university. For on that occasion was conferred upon the president the degree of Doctor of Laws. Eight hundred people, as many as could be Jammed into Kent theatre, applauded to the echo as President Harper placed ■round the shoulders of the nation's BJtecutive the hood of purple - purple to indícate, as Dr. Harper said in Latin, that the recipiënt of the degree had "surpassed other men in native genius ind devoted toil." Keview a Frocegslon of Students. Shortly before noon yesterday the president left the residence of Captain McWilliams, entered a carriage, and was drlven rapidly to the "White House" of the university, the home of President Harper. Here luncheon was served to the presidential party, the taculty of the college, and a limited number of invited guests. Mrs. McKinley was not present at the luncheon, but joined the party at the Kent theatre in time to witness the conferring of the degree_upon_herdistinguished band. Before entering the theatre the president mounted the stand in front oí Dr. Harper's residence, where he stood under an umbrella and reviewed a long line of students of the university and its affiliated institutions of learning. President in Cap and Gown. At the ceremony of conferring th? degree the president presented a striking appearance attired in cap and gown. After prayer by Dr. Henderson an address on behalf of the trustees was given by Rev. Dr. Alonzo K. PaVker. He spoke on "The Pirm Foundation of National Peace." "America" was then sung and Professor Albion W. Small delivered an address on behalf of the Congregation. Throughout his address he was greeted by unbounded enthusiasm, his remarks in commendation of the president's course during the troubles with Spain being received with resounding cheers. Solemnly and impressively the dean and president of the university then pronounced in Latin the formulae conferring the degree of LL. D. upon the president of the United States. When the purple-lined hood was placed around McKinley'sshoulders the audience broke into cheers which lasted fully five minutes. Throughout the exercises the president did not speak one word, merely bowing in response to the laudatory words of the collegians and demonstrations of the audience.