The Radical Enlargement of the Artificial Water-Way Between the Lakes and the Hudson River

The Radical Enlargement of the Artificial Water-Way Between the Lakes and the Hudson River

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...waterway that runs through the State of New York, and now brought to your attention in the short but clear and forcible paper of Mr. Sweet; he could not in the whole range of questions connected with the continuance and enlargement of the power and wealth of the City of New York, have touched on a subject of greater importance. The people of the City of New York have been now for over a third of a century wrapped up in the belief that the days for canals had gone by, and that railways were to do all the work, better and cheaper and quicker than it had been done, or could be done by any water-line, and this great fallacy has been fostered and kept alive by the preachings of the Rail way-magnates dictated by their greed of gold and personal interests. It is very easy to show that of the three pins this railway fallacy stands on, two of them (better and cheaper) can be knocked from under it, and then it must stand on one pin, that of speed, which no one will deny, and all students in the matter of transport will admit that when speed is not brought in as an element in the calculation, no railway can stand in competition with a well constructed water-line; this is clearly proved by statistics recently published, showing that the average charge on a bushel of wheat from Chicago to New York in 1884 to September 1st was, by lake and canal 6.60 cents, by lake and rail 9.75 cents, and by all rail 13 cents; these figures tell the whole story. If New York City is to maintain its supremacy as the Empire City of this Continent, it must do all in its power to improve and make more powerful its water-lines; it will be a sorry day for the City of New York when the Erie Canal, the water-line that made the city, is sold or filled up, or a railway put more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236737229
  • 9781236737229