. Memorial, presented by the Trustees of the Sanitary District of Chicago to the Congress of the United States : deep waterway from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River at St. Louis. ctionthat they have behind them the unanimous approval of the 2,000,000 inhabitantsof the Sanitary District of Chicago, whom they represent. Though they may notspeak authoritatively for the residents of the valley of the Illinois, they know ofthe existence of a similar sentiment along the entire course of the proposeddeep waterway. Pending your final decision they suggest that all work upon thefederal improvemen

. Memorial, presented by the Trustees of the Sanitary District of Chicago to the Congress of the United States : deep waterway from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River at St. Louis. ctionthat they have behind them the unanimous approval of the 2,000,000 inhabitantsof the Sanitary District of Chicago, whom they represent. Though they may notspeak authoritatively for the residents of the valley of the Illinois, they know ofthe existence of a similar sentiment along the entire course of the proposeddeep waterway. Pending your final decision they suggest that all work upon thefederal improvemen Stock Photo
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. Memorial, presented by the Trustees of the Sanitary District of Chicago to the Congress of the United States : deep waterway from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River at St. Louis. ctionthat they have behind them the unanimous approval of the 2, 000, 000 inhabitantsof the Sanitary District of Chicago, whom they represent. Though they may notspeak authoritatively for the residents of the valley of the Illinois, they know ofthe existence of a similar sentiment along the entire course of the proposeddeep waterway. Pending your final decision they suggest that all work upon thefederal improvement of the shallow canals of the region, and upon relatedimprovements of the Illinois River, be suspended. They are not, however, com-mitted to any one method of work, nor to any specified plans or provisions. Theyhold only to the need of the work, under the conviction of its practicability, andthey feel assured that in the wisdom of Congress its accomplishment will besecure. They offer to you freely and gladly their services in whatever way theymay be of assistance, and they will co-operate with any association or organiza-tion now existing or hereafter to be formed to that end.. I!.—THE ROUTE OF THE PROPOSED DEEP WATERWAY—ITSNATURAL ADVANTAGES. Lake Micliigan and tlie Mississippi River may seem at first sight to he mem-bers of two entirely distinct drainage systems, sharply separated from each otherby nature; but such is not the case. Though the surplus waters of Lake Mich-igan flow through the more easterly lakes and down the St. Lawrence to theNorth Atlantic, while the waters of the Mississippi flow southward into the G-ulfof Mexico, there is, nevertheless, a point where the two drainage systems comeclose together, where the rocky barrier surrounding the shores of the G-reat Lakesdwindles down to a height of but a few feet, and where there takes its origin achannel provided by nature, down which may flow the waters of Lake Michiganto the Mississippi River and the Grulf of

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