FLORIDA: Sore Thumb

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Last Labor Day 233 unhappy vacationists bound from New Orleans to New York aboard the S. S. Dixie found themselves caught between life and death when a hurricane grounded that Morgan liner on French Reef in the Florida Keys (TIME, Sept. 16). Next morning in Washington President Roosevelt, master of the psychological moment, announced that $5,000,000 in relief money would be spent in starting a trans-Florida ship canal that would forever make it unnecessary for seagoers to risk their lives in circumnavigating Florida's long, hurricane-blistered thumb.

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