National Affairs: Dry Gotham (Cont'd)

"A river is more than an amenity; it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it."

So declared Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes last week in rendering a Supreme Court decision which meant life for New York City and death for six little hamlets in Delaware County, N. Y. By the court's order New York was allowed to divert 440,000,000 gal. per day from certain tributaries of the Delaware River to add to the city's ever-growing water supply (TIME, April 27). By the same...

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