. 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. s, and of fourteen feet depth for therest of the way, will not exceed $22,000,000 to the mouth of the Illinois or $27,000,-000 to St. Louis, the larger figure being little more than half of what the SanitaryDistrict of Chicago will alone have spent when its entire work is finished. 5. Besides serving the purposes of navigation, the proposed channel wouldl^rovide for the flood waters of the Desplaines and Illinoi

. 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. s, and of fourteen feet depth for therest of the way, will not exceed $22,000,000 to the mouth of the Illinois or $27,000,-000 to St. Louis, the larger figure being little more than half of what the SanitaryDistrict of Chicago will alone have spent when its entire work is finished. 5. Besides serving the purposes of navigation, the proposed channel wouldl^rovide for the flood waters of the Desplaines and Illinoi 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. s, and of fourteen feet depth for therest of the way, will not exceed $22, 000, 000 to the mouth of the Illinois or $27, 000, -000 to St. Louis, the larger figure being little more than half of what the SanitaryDistrict of Chicago will alone have spent when its entire work is finished. 5. Besides serving the purposes of navigation, the proposed channel wouldl^rovide for the flood waters of the Desplaines and Illinois Rivers, and thus preventthe serious injury now done almost yearlj to the dwellers along the river valleys. 6. The State of IHinois has by legislation and by joint resolution of itsGeneral Assembly, not only formally given approval to the project, but contin-gently turned the channel over to the Federal Government for navigation purposes, the government control to begin as soon as the full length of the waterway is oioen. 7. The fourteen-foot minimiim depth is suggested as desirable, but withoutprejudice against any other depths which may prove after fuller surveys to bebetter.. VI.—NATIONAL CHAR.ACTER. OF THE PROPOSED DEEP WATERWAY—ITS IMPORTANCE FROM A COMMERCIAL STANDPOINT. The construction of a deep waterway connecting Lake Michigan and the Mis-sissippi River is an affair of the greatest national importance. To say that it con-cerns primarily only Chicago and the cities along the route is an error, which noman can continue to maintain after giving the subject even the briefest considera-tion. If the deepening and improving of the great harbors of the country is aworthy object for the expenditure of national funds, surely the construction ofsuch a waterway is doubly worthy. A harbor facilitates water communicationbetween a particular port and a system of other ports, while a canal such as isproposed opens communication between two great systems of ports now separatedfrom

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