LOUISIANA: Old Girl's New Boy

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A nation's heartbeat is in its cities. This year, on the lake fronts, at the railheads, in the mountains, on the seaboards, the cities of the U.S., prospering in the postwar boom, throbbed with civic projects, civic pride, bond issues, expanding industry and trade. In old, carefree and once corrupt New Orleans, now reformed and very businesslike, the heartbeat was firm.

Its throb could be felt along New Orleans' 11½ miles of riverfront wharves. There, one night last week, 60 ships lay in a driving rain while tooting switch engines slammed...

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