Excerpt from The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art, 1901, Vol. 91
West and the Prussian Ministry warned by their defeat over a Rhine and Elbe Canal Bill in 1899 have framed their new Bill with the object of removing this objection of the Agrarians. The canal system is to be extended into all parts of the kingdom and the seven different schemes will cost the State over nineteen millions sterling. Apparently however the Agrarians have not yet been completely converted and they are taking certain financial and less personal objections based on the relation of the kingdom to the Empire. The Prussian State at present is remarkably prosperous and even the prudent Prussian Finance Minister, Dr. Von Miguel, now contemplates the expenses of the canal scheme with a light heart though absolute success cannot be predicted. But this state of prosperity is hardly the condition of the Empire, and this it is argued should make Prussia very careful in embarking on costly enterprises as the financial condition of her Empire must make itself felt in all the German States.
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