COTTON MILLS ARE SILENT. Seven Big Plants at Lowell, Main. Are Closed Down. For tho Hi st time In many yenra on a working day the bells on tho greut cotton mills In Lowell, Mass., wero nl-lent nl-lent Monday motnlng, anil tho street.!, usually marked by tho hurry and bustle of thousands on their way to work, wero Htlll and nlmot deserted. Although the shut-down of tho seven . plnntR affected by tho strike order of tho textllu council, which was passed to enforce a demand for a 10 per cont Increase In wages was Issued Saturday, Satur-day, Its full effect was liot npparent j until Monday. Absolute- quiet pr vailed In tho section occitplei) by the cotton factories. Tho period of Inactivity, Inac-tivity, tho duration of which ennnot be dollnllely predicted, began vlthout a notable Incident, save perhaps lh5 fact that a few men nnd women who had started to finish up somo 'irk In ono or two of the mills wero turned bade j by committees from the unions.