National Affairs: Dam Ditched; Ditch Damned

Two young friends, both fond of fishing & sailing, stood on New Brunswick's Campobello Island and looked across the water. They saw the 20-ft. tide of the Bay of Fundy seethe and storm between the rocky islands on the border between Maine and Canada, flooding the basins of Cobscook and Passamaquoddy Bays. One of the men was a promising young engineer named Dexter Parshall Cooper. His youthful companion, a rising young politician, was Franklin D. Roosevelt. Engineer Cooper explained a great dream of his: to throw a string of dams between the islands,...

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