Preliminary Report of the Inland Waterways Commission; Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting a Preliminary Report of the Inland Waterways Commission

Preliminary Report of the Inland Waterways Commission; Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting a Preliminary Report of the Inland Waterways Commission

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...method is likely to result in a more rapid extension of the waterways system. The political objections, which were naturally urged against large expenditures by the State for the benefit of limited localities, lose much of their force when the expense is divided in this fashion. There is also, in recent years, a tendency in France to provide, partly by imposition of tolls and partly by exacting financial guaranties from interested localities, for the ultimate repayment of the money invested in making these improvements. In the consideration of any great scheme of improving the water highways of the United States, especially the rivers, it would seem that careful study ought to be made of this plan of requiring the localities to show their interest in the enterprise by substantial financial contributions. At least, it would seem that there is merit in enforcing a requirement that cities provide terminal and harbor facilities if the government bears the burden of improving the waterway. THE INLAND "WATERWAYS OF AUSTBIA-HtTNGARY. During the last half of the last century there was expended on the river improvement and development of Austria, exclusive of Hungary, rather more than $100,000,000. Even this was regarded as practically only marking the beginning of the real modernization of these works. Accordingly in 1901 a scheme of expansion was inaugurated and provision was made by legislation for the expenditure of about $50,000,000 on further river improvement and canals. Of this amount, one-third was to be devoted to the rivers--widening, deepening, and regulating their currents--and two-thirds to building canals of modern size. After the money was provided there was a long delay, owing to the desire of the Government's engineers carefully to...show more

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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 481g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236538331
  • 9781236538338