CONGRESS: Canal Killing

The U. S. Senate last week had to choose between an estimable old gentleman and a dubious ditch. The ditch was the Gulf-Atlantic ship canal across Florida, on which President Roosevelt has already spent $5,400,000 of relief funds and which truck and fruit farmers fear may turn lower Florida into a semidesert (TIME, Feb. 17). The old gentleman was Duncan Upshaw Fletcher, 77, who has been in the Senate longer than any other member, except Idaho's Borah and South Carolina's Smith.

With the War Department Appropriation bill before the Senate, Florida's Fletcher...

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