Trolley Wire Causes Trouble
The cold weather made plenty of trouble for the Detroit, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor street car company in this city. The trolley wire broke on S. Main st. between Liberty and Washington early Wednesday evening and its gyrations on the ground made a lively pyrotechnic display. This stopped the cars near Williain st., and caused the theater goers to walk. Many of them waited a long time before venturing out in the cold but finally had to face the storm. The street railway employees had a pleasant job repairing the wire, the wind whistling at a terrific rate with the thermometer below zero. A regular blockade of street cars ensued, two Detroit cars being among those stalled on S. Main st. Finally after the wire had been secored by ropes and connection made but before the trolley wire was repaired, a Detroit car essayed to run the blockade. It backed up to Packard st. and putting on all speed without regard to the city ordinance, came rushing down the street, the conductor pulling down the trolley so that the momentum of the car carried it over the break, the trolley catching the wire again at Brown's drug store. The wire was in shape again to permit the cars to run when the theater goers started for home. It was however, one of the toughest jobs in the wind and cold, the employees have tackled in many a day.
This morning the hind axle of a Detroit car broke down on Packard st. in consequence of which the passenger had to be transferred. The trolley arm of a city car also broke this morning on Detroit st. , which added to the troubles of the road.