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GENERAL NEWS MOTES OF THE DAY CHICAGO, 111., October 30. Weather forecast: Illinois Rain probably tonigiit and Friday; warmer tonight; colder Friday afternoon or nisht. Missouri Rain probably tonight and Friday; warmer in east and colder in northwest portions tonight; colder Friday. General forecast: The western storm will move northeastward during the next thirty-six hours, attended by general precipitation in this forecast district. It will be preceded by rising temperature this afternoon and tonight in the middle states and will be followed by colder weather in the plains states and the northwest tonight and Friday and in the middle states by Friday night. WASHINGTON, D. C, October 30. The committee on public information, headed by George Creel, cost the government about .,000,000 on the face of its records, according to official reports now before Congress, -which say the committees affairs cannot be wound up for six months because of the confusion of its papers. WASHINGTON, D. C, October 30. At the conclusion of the special cabinet meeting Attorney General Palmer announced that the fnel administrator would take control of the handling of the coal and would use his authority under the Lever act to take whatever steps might be necessary to meet the situation. BARCELONA, Spain, Wednesday, October 29. Many foreigners in Barcelona are leaving the city, fearing trouble when the lockout declared by Span-insh employers, announced to begin here next Monday, starts. The hotels are becoming deserted, wliile the audiences in the. theaters have dwindled. NEW HAVEN, Conn., October "30. Mrs. Ella Wheeler Wilcox, author and poet, died at her home. "Tiie Bungalow," in Brauford today. Mrs. Wilcox had been ill for some months, having had a nervous collapse while engaged in Avar relief work in England. WASHINGTON, D. C, October 30. An executive order restoring maximum prices for coal will be issued by President Wilson, probably today. Officials would not say what maximum had been determined upon. WASHINGTON, D. C, October 30. The railroad administration today ordered the confiscation of all coal in transit where necessary to obtain a reserve supply to keep the railroads in operation. PARIS. France, October 30. Notification lias been given the peace conference bj- a representative of Italy here that the proposal made by Foreign Minister Tittoni for the settlement of the Finnic problem had not been accepted by the United States.