TRANSPORTATION: Rivers, Roads & Rates

Fortnight ago the U. S. towboat General Ashburn paddled proudly up the Illinois River on a three-day trip from St. Louis. When it reached Peoria it pushed the big steel barge it had brought up to the city's new $400.000 wharf and warehouse. Whistles tooted, bands played, citizens cheered to celebrate the opening of one more link in the Government's vast mid-continent waterway system.*

Smartly erect on the Peoria dock stood Secretary of War Hurley to welcome this first cargo to the Illinois cornlands. Aboard the General...

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