National Affairs: Rhode Island's Bridge

Prime U. S. button-presser is President Hoover. But last week the President could not oblige. In his stead Vice President Curtis did some button-pressing to flash a signal from Washington to Rhode Island. There a cannon boomed salutes. An airplane dropped noisemakers. U. S. Cruiser Dallas tooted its whistle. Two little girls cut ribbons while silk-hatted notables stood by. These ceremonious alarums celebrated the opening of the new Mt. Hope suspension bridge, world's seventh largest, connecting the two sea-severed fragments of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Best ceremony: initiation of Rhode Island's Governor...

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