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ILIT FORMS THE MAJOR PART OF AX ALL-WATER FREIGHT ROUTE FROM THE GREAT LAKES TO THE GULF.
tt!e the Mississippi The economy |^. . a-^ well as cost of moving coal in this y.^y j. ted when one realizes that by :„. mci : load ot twenty f< ur fifty-car (ra : r^ .. ItoK< w robaWy bs y rail, if ti"t n It Is saiil i St Louis ,0, 0 S, • froi Bv< to seven days. ■ ■ ■ I • • • f the O and Mississ ippi ':.i;ii"n - ppi Y.i ley Is v om ■- It is said that the United Ptates government since the Civil War hn«= F]^:.t upward of .*J"J">.- S^iOin) on the Improvement of the Mississippi mjfr r Fystem and protection cf property along its banks, an amount within a few millions of the lir.<: estimated eo.-t of the Panama Canal. The monoy, it i? 5 recognized, lias not aoeom pllshed all that -"'..■u'.'i ha\ been done, because a comrrehensive plan hap r.ot boon followed and because of the irregularity of the arrropria * A MISSISSIPPI RIVER LANDING. This picture shows how the flat bottomed Mississippi River steamers run alongside the bank and take on cargo. :.g!.:, U«"J. by Hie L>t-:r...i Publisl • s " DAM OF THE CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL AT JOLIET. ILL. It has been urged chat the United States government make this 20-foo* waterway from Lake Michigan to Jjliet available for the movement of large ven-cls from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi by continuing it through the valley of the l!li:.ois River. President Roose velt favors a deep waterway such as that suggested. (Ftauivjvli by the Detroit I'boto;rai!iic -^:-;.. , proposed by for futun improvements take . • • are a •]• •;■ chan .• ;r.t•-• i<. r water • ning of the :. . c Missi sippl River < ihio to the Canal I . .'I. . .i St. i its j en ■ .■: iin' k I -:.i u<i «..'i the : , . to the Uiii I It ional link Ahi adj ihis i ;uilil me "the little 8l eway" ■ it is considered so fai b«-hind the times ■ •' -k'j residents have a version <>f the waj |^^kv Ktan-.s Kovt-rnnr nt dis<-<.v«Ted the ynce of tli« Chicago Drainage Canal, which <*%* propused a<-- a liiik in th Lakes-to-the-Gulf 'Wdi.-t ;, waterway, that they t< 11 as a. jok'-. In NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 11)07 1!wn; they say Presidi nt Roosevelt p«nt a young from one of the departments to report on tho internal waterways in the Middle West. He had on his list for Illinois the antiquated Illinois aril Michigan Canal and "th<- little sluiceway." !!<■ first visited the offices of th. ;u.<! Mi hi:.:. w, Canal ;it !.•! .• • kport. Look .t of t!,. windows over the little ri 1 ■; •■ -n •r ! :... kish watci • ■ inal ho saw I It .. stream of watei 104 feet wid< flowing be tween walls uf rock. In response to his qu th< superintei lent of the sv.ill canal said: • Is the Drainag< Canal. It i< twenty two ."■ ■ t de< ;• and nol :■ . than It' I fe< : w ide it •nt Ire i' ■ thirty-two ■ This canal had been pen to navigation by ! barges foi seven years. kj ■ nse of $53,000,000, it is ed foi : ■ tit will float vess< Is of two irdei pro] ■ gramme was con . isly disj Lyed >n the side of the c:■ !!.. tw ■g, 9:. s< mo\ ements disj I R wit. This steamer ciirri.-.i a company of Pittsl,urp men to Memphis. On Jfs side was th<- legend, "Nine feet to Cairo." The «-iitirc- plan as suggested provides for a fourteen foot channel from Chicago to the Gulf, a nine foot channel from Pittsburg to Cairo, a .six-foot channel from Minneapolis down to the fourteen foot channel, and a six-foot channel down the Missouri from Sioux City to the Mississippi. It has been estimated that tti<- proposed channel a the outlet of the Chicago Drainage and Ship Canal can be secured at an expense of $31,000,000. The value <-r the Mississippi system Is lndk-at ed l.y this brief quotation from the report of tho chief of the army engineers for List year: "Comparative rates between PHLsburg and Memphis I y rail and river on soft coal: By rail, 807 miles, $-'i T.I a ton; by river, 1,218 miles, 42 nta a ton. St. Loula to St. PauL by rail, .".7:; miles, firFt cla-ss, C 3 cents a hundred; sixth. Ul cents; Ly river, 729 miles, first class, 40 cents; .sixth, 14 cents." An army engineer formerly in charge of river improvements at Pittsburg is quoted as pre- THE MISSISSIPPI FROM INDIAN MOUND, ST. PAUL. MIN.v:. (OoryTijht by tlie Detroit Photographic Company.) dieting that the cost of coal transportntlon by water to New Orleans, 2,000 miles away, i:. ' : '■ Ir.p the cost of towing back the empty barg< -. which is now 75 ■••■tits ;i ton, will be reduced to 4<> cents a ton when ;i nine-foot channel Is ob tain* 1 at low water. This is said to b< one-fifteenth the lowest existing rail i Inland waterways are net'ded not only ' i lieve the coi tioi of the railroad but : I care of the Increasing * •.-..■•■ n ] that the Mississippi 1 • or*- or less the raili d rat ■ ; I f tin i • the Mi ; I . ■ ■ • ' ■ ' ■ ■ ■ i rm inn i 7i/?/ That "a pi I •■■ his own countrj ■■■. r: 1 1 • i!. N ' ' ■ ■ ■ ' ■ ■'I ' : • ■ ■ ■ ' I .'. • ■ ■ • "V • i ■ ■ ■ ■ I i.l , it 1 I pn ' ■ ■ ■ II ■ ■ . . . it 11 ■ ■ the way. tl ■ • ■ tabl< t on 1 '•You I it <m i ! .' • ' ' 1111, I! goes to that the I ill still hi' lined to cherl I ■ • • ■ p..<,.i tt,. re Is in him and to 10l n« thn •• ■ •:■■■!:. trib ute that mean ho mm h. <1 "Of course, I've al n ays hail :• for the i md tl ; • ; '• hard I j supj • •-■! they had k>i i trad t ed my < ..;•■• r. By the wu i . '. • r do you ha ; ;•• n to i ■ ■ ■ • tablet v "Yes. It says 'Main Street. 1 ' Thi A: A MISSISSIPPI RIVER PACKET COALING WHILE UNDER WAY. i< V| i right, ]'.«>■:. i., ii • • . • I 'XRE. 1 1), t lil.i: W lUTISG. Fashionable Folks Responsible for Mitch Post office Trouble. Tho postotlic- •■mj. !■•>•■ wlu.se iluty it was to i.i ! almost unreadable addrrssos was staring .ii .i daintily perfumed tint-! envelope which !■•'!!■ a iTP.it. The writing looked a- if it had I. t'ii (1..1H with -i fork dipped it! mt. lasses. "It's tli». society r "iK \iho ■.■.M t . the most wretchedly." In- raid. "Thoie's :•■>> excuse for them, : ecauss they're ••!•.!• .!••■!. .-., i <'; ■. th.y do t.um pt-n worfc ! ause ifs th-- fashion rt hty think It gives them distinction. \\\ my exp rience I should |>m h.iiidwritins iindor throe classes: that ".' thf (:■■• JU' .it- i. ih«r • \tfiiitiy busy .md Hi. fas'hional le. "Had wriiini; i»;th th. busy class I; mostly (i"f.i men nli'> arc truly i:i too rnu< h of a hurry t-i form t!i-ir l< tiers vvi-11, and th<* type wri:- i is !i'iu i i-lii\ it:-.; i!i- in t.i such in ex tt-nt tint the niimbtT ..: Uidly ritten busy l«-t tti> i> i'.i^r Krov.-irig small. The uneducated do th>- best Uir> can. so I have v >tii > patience with them. Hut th< :.t hionablvs— they v!:nit the lettfrs from ;:i to i.;ht. upward, in "in h an ex:iKK*r:itid waj that an envelope looks like a rainstorm. >*<'m«-tii!io« \-i\ letter la one* half .hi In !, ..; more in length, and tho 1. ttere M, '". N. V. i: nd V are all formed allk. A and •• aro hard!} ■:.■•• .L-iji-hi! :.-. and only tba • !..t differ.Mitiat« -m it..- I fron: the K. and i "-n thi- dot Is omiltod. Often, ;i> .mi ilii- - •■'■>pe. there \\i!i !.- ;i -,-. ..i ! that Is just ,i \\ ._•>.■!. and .i scrabble, and la almost undorij->herabk\ "AlthouKh the fashionable fo'k.s write foi the Ki»ater part In what i call the 't.i:i hand." some vri;.- a low, -!!..i!l hand, the Ivttt-rs running to ijetlier.and somt times letters are left out aito- Kether. I can : ■•••i.-i ;i!I;. make out a word if the letters are ul! there, but whui some are dropped ..■a <»r ih»' ft4>rd is finished l>y a trailing off of the pen instead of !■•■ ;i.;t,_; the litt'-rs. I'm pr< tty w ;! batHed." / ni:i:s \II ////: /•; Tl RE. "'l'm afraid I'll di>aKr«-e v\it!i you." remarked .1. nah .i- lh< v. halo swallow. «1 him. "I'irhaps," replied the whale, "but it won't b« .i circumstance to the way th.- theologians ill disagree when they come t-> discuss this incl dent."—Philadelphia It. a. I