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Here's the conclusion of our Congressional Record from last month.
Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p. 259-261
Our Inland Waterways (concluded)
Touching and serving the very heart of our nation, the greatest agricultural district in the world, with a population of more than 25 million, this waterway would directly affect a hundred million tons of in-going and out-going freight each year. For the more than a billion bushels of grain produced annually in the Northwest, it would give the producer an added six cents a bushel which in itself would run into many millions of dollars not to mention the saving on other commodities as well. It would stimulate production, extend industry, and make for general prosperity.
The railroads would benefit by the new era and the generally improved conditions. Let us inaugurate a program that will increase tonnage and with such increase will come added prosperity to the producer as well as the carrier who will transport the increased tonnage.
I wish to appeal to my friends from both the east and the west coasts. Help us to make navigable the inland waterways of our land. Since the building of the Panama Canal, this is a most important and necessary development of the interior of our country. It will add to our happiness and our prosperity and it will be a prosperity you will share with us. We shall buy more of your manufactured wares and we shall ship you more of our raw material. I hope the program for the Mississippi barge-line service and the importance of our inland waterways includes that section of the mighty Missouri in the State of South Dakota making of it a highway of commerce, will be carried out in its entirety.
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