National Affairs: Waterways

Last week the House passed a rivers and harbors bill. Such bills are usually like public buildings bills—something of a pork barrel measure. The scene in the House at passage seems less like a logrolling match than a cat and dog fight. There were three parts of the bill that aroused special opposition: 1) An appropriation of $1,500,000 to provide a nine-foot waterway from Chicago to the Mississippi River, thereby connecting the Great Lakes and the Gulf. 2) $100,000 for a survey of the so-called All-American route (through New York) for a canal for...

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