TRANSPORTATION: Billion-Dollar Beaver

Beaverishness on a gigantic scale was manifest last week when President Hoover, energetic engineer, unfolded at Cincinnati his administration's plan for developing U. S. inland waterways into one vast closeknit system of cheap transportation. The same instinct which sets him to building toy dams and clearing out rock-choked channels in tiny mountain streams moved him to advocate a river improvement policy which will cost approximately a billion dollars.

The occasion for this declaration of policy was the completion of the canalization of the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill. (967 mi.). Fifty wicket locks now maintain a nine-foot...

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