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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 13, 1907)
TIMELY REAL ESTATE TALK
Omit a Capitalist Mieht Fnrsnder Eoora
by Asking Lower Interest
Homes That Are Making he West End a Beautiful Residence Section
DISCRIMINATION IS T11ERR
Plenty of Gam it Grain R.ts for
SHORT END OF DEALS
NLBKASKA f AKM LANU IS ATTRACTIVE
Mom llfffnl Peals Indicate Willi?
ness of OatiHrn to IitmI la
This State at Goal
St. Joe A tirand Island Helps Kansas
Illy ana Oinnha Itoad linos ts
THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: JAOTAKT 13, 190;
'If local capitalists would loosen tip on
tl.elr money an4 bo content to m&l.e f per
cnit net on It. I bellove there would be iujC
activity this year tban Ut la tho erection
of warehouses, at lcawt as much. ' said a
J'il)bnr t!i other day. "Not only do I be
liove many of the Jobbers now here would
erect new homes, but other Jobbing house
would rnme If they oould net t, laces to do
business. There would undoubtedly an
other shoe house, another drug house and
Another dry goods company here before
"On difficulty In the way of building
Is that the men with the money want
too fci an interest on their money, fix o
7 per cent net to the builder, which mean.
I or I to the Jobber, when taxes and othei
fixed expense are taXen Into consideration
1 too much to contract for on a lonjr tlm
lease. It la not so bad lust now. but I'
tnlfht be exorbitant under condition, f
a few years from now. The owners use.
to be content with a lesee contract whlc.
allowed them 6 per cent on their money
Mrs. Nash rets 6 per cent net on the ware
houses she Is erectlns; for M. Fi. Smith &
Co.. and I am told she would not aaree to
put up another building without a larger
profit. They went about 7 per cent net now
This Is due to the universal demand for
money. There is not enough money In the
country for all the business that needs It."
Nebraska farm lend continues to advance
and Douglas county dirt Is right at the top.
Joseph Connor, retired elevator man, sold
his 400-acre farm six and one-half miles
west of town Inst week for 86O.000, or 1125
an acre, and now he Is complaining that
he might have had more. Many residents
of the city remember the time when that
land wii sold at 13 an acre.
It la significant that the purchase was
made by a capitalist of another state. lie
recognised the value of farm property near
Omaha and decided to get hold of a good
farm before It went even higher than $12.
Of course the farm Is well Improved, or
It would riot have brought such a good
A hotel for colored people Is to be estab
lished In a four-story building on Nine
teenth street between Nicholas and Paul
streets, which has just changed handa
nr. J. II. Hutton has acquired the prop
erty, consisting of two lots and the build
ing, from 8. A. Megeath end Harry Maro
wlts, and will use It for hotel purposes.
The property brought Ifl.OOO. In 1T1 It was
sold under mortgage foreclosure for $8,000.
The building alone cost $18,000 eighteen
years ago, but the financial depression of
the '90s made it a losing Investment for
February 1 will see the beginning of the
demolition of the buildings on the east
Side of Sixteenth street between Capitol
avenue and Davenport street, where Her
man Cohn will erect a building the whole
length of the block as soon as. the site Is
cleared. All leases will expire on or bo
fore February 1. The buildings are all
mall, some of them frame structures, and
they can be removed quickly. Specifica
tions, which call for the removal of all
wreckage by March 1, have been Issued
to contractors. Construction on the new
building will be started immediately after
Van A. Wirt has bought from F. D. Wead
a house and lot at 4158 Cass street.
F. W. Chapman has bought from Z. Q.
Hood two acres Just south of the Country
club and will erect a house on the land.
The Waterloo Creamery company ex
pects to close a deal In a few days for the
erection of a new creamery building on
, Jackson street Just west of Sixteenth. The
building planned Is one story In height, is
Wtxi32 feet, and will cost something over
$IO,noO. The creamery company proposes
to lease the building for twenty years.
William McCune, western representative
of the Buffalo Dill show, has made several
purchases of Omaha property as Invest-
Results Speak Louder Than Words
CHICAGO & NORTHWESTERN RAILWAY CO.
NORFOLK, Neb., Deo. 10, 180C.
Mr. William Henry Brown, Cashier,
The Equitable Life Assurance Society ot the U. 8 Omaha.
Dear Sir: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of our Trnlued fa
for of the 7th Inst, inclosing check for $308.52, the same being the
amount set aside as surplus to the credit of my 10-year seml-tontine
policy No. 836,460, for f 1,000, on which the 20-year period expired
on November J 7th. I am satisfied that this settlement Is Just and
liberal, considering that I have had the protection for 20 years, and
have my original policy In force at no Increase In premiums, and,
besides, I will receive annually, after the current year, the dividends
which may accrue to my policy.
I hare always bad the greatest confidence In the strength and
reliability ot the Equitable Life Assurance BocHety, and never have
once lost faith in It, I am only sorry that I was unable to take a
f 5,000 policy when your agent called on me 20 years ago. Tours
truly, n. C. MATRAU. Agent C. N. W. Ry.
L D. IIEELY, Mgr. for Nebraska
402-3-4-5 Merchants Nat l Bisk Bldg., Omihi
WM. HENRY BROWN, Cashier.
Cio. M. Cooper and H. Fay Keely,
General A gouts, Omaha.
H. H. Loughridge and Joe Klein.
General Agents, Lincoln, Neb
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TT03IE OF DR. P.
rnenta. Through the agency of the Byron
Reed Company he has bought two large
houses, which he will, bold as Income bear
ers and also as investments. One Is at
Thirty-seventh and Jackson streets and
another Is in the Hanscom park district.
Mr. McCune spends his winters In Omaha,
stopping at the Merchants hotel, and says
lie sees no city In all his travels which
.ooka better for an Investment than Omaha.
Among the realty men of the city there
is much argument pro and con regarding
the opening of Twenty-fuurth street. Some
think the street ought to be opened past
Crelghton university to Cuming street, with
the ultimate Idea of a street car line from
Cuming to Leavenworth street down
Twenty-fourth. Many declare that such
a line would draw a certain amount of
retail business, to the detriment of the
downtown district and at the sams time
would spoil Twenty-fourth street as a resi
The Young Women's Christian associa
tion is to make a final effort In the next
two weeks to raise the $12.o6o or $15,000
necessary to complete the building fund.
Contracts for the erection of the new home
will not be let until this amount la se
cured, say the women, but as soon as it
is raised the specifications will be given
to contractors that bids may be secured
and contracts awarded in time for build
ing operations early in the spring.
Roma Miller la having some work done
on the Rome hotel not called for In the
original contract. It is the addition on
a part of the building of another story,
which will be used for servants' quar
ters. The new structure is about ready
for the roof. It has been connected with
the Brunswick block section of the old
Her Grand, and the front of the Bruns
wick has been boarded up In preparation
for a remodeling, which will include an
entrance and large lobby.
The Omaha Real Estate exchange; has
put itself on record as demanding of the
legislature provision for an Increase In
the appropriation for Omaha parka and
boulevards, provision for an Increase In
the appropriation for streets and paving
and a change In the landlord and tenant
law, which will make It possible for the
landlord to get the tenant eut of a build
ing, a thing which seems impossible under
existing circumstances. The realty man
want a law by which an owner can have
a tenant ejected at any time by a quick
process of law, the tenant to be protected
In his lights by a bond furnished by the
landlord, the bond to be forfeited In case
of unjust dispossession. The right of Hen
on the property of the tenant to compel
payment of rent Is not asked, as a clause
with auch a provision In the proposed bill
might cause the defeat of the whole meas
Another wholesale building In prospect,
according to C. F. Wellcr, is one propoped
by the Richardson Drug company, which
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Equitable Life Assurance
Society of the U. S.
PAUL MORTON, Pr)ald)nL
"STRONGEST IH THE WORLD"
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T. BAHT5ETI, II DAVrTNTORT STrVnTTT
for sixteen years has been doing business
In a five-story building at Ninth and Jack
son streets, and which has so far outgrown
that structure that it Is now compelled to
use storage room In another part of the
wholesale district. The site has not been
announced, and Indeed the negotiations for
Its purchase have not been completed. The
building proposed la seven stories In height.
G6 feet In width and 132 feet In length, and
will cost between JW.OOO and $1U0,0 0 to
build. The company's lease on Us present
quarters-will expire early In 19"8 and Presi
dent Weller wants to have the new build
ing completed by that time. The buil.IIng
now occupied by the ooncern belongs to
John H. Green.
W. J. Hynes has bougth from Ebenezer
I Brownlee a long two-story store and
flat building at Sixteenth and Corby
streets. Mr. Hynes paid $33,000, trading in
some property at Hastings, Neb., where he
formerly lived. The lot is SO by 158 feet
and Is entirely covered by the building,
which contains six stores and six Hats.
Mr. Brownlee paid f.'o.OOO for the property
about three years ago.
CUT IN COUNTY EXPENSES
Thirty-Fire Thousand Dollars Iopped
Off Running; Costs for
A cut of $35,000 in the estimate of the
running expenses of the county for the
coming year Is provided for In a resolution
'y Chairman Ure of the finance commit
tee, which will be acted on at a meeting
of the county board thla afternoon. The
estimate which it is believed will b;
adopted by the board provides for an ex
penditure of $498,000. Last year the esti
mate was $530,000 and the year before that
$628,000. This will make a reduction of
$130,000 in the estimates for the running
expenses of the county in the last two
The reduction under the estimates of
last year comes in the road, bridges and
bond sinking funds.' In the first two funds
the cut Is $10,000 in the third $15,000. A
comparison of the estimate In the resolution
with the estimates of previous years Is
made in the following table:
Bond sinking .,
Totals $496,000 $530,000 $ti,000
The county commissioners are much
gratified at the prospect of being able to
make such a substantial cut in the esti
mate and at the same time can see their
way clear to keep the county on a cash
baala as nearly as the provisions of the
statute will permit.
The commissioners met Saturday morn
ing In committee of the whole and were In
session until after 12 o'clock. An adjourn
ment was taken until 3 o'clock.
Overdue Dark HlKhted.
SAN FRANCISCO. Jan. 12.-The bark Big
Bonanza, which was cast adrift by the
tug Samson during a storm on January 5,
while being towed to Portland, and had not
since been aeen, la now a few miles off the
Golden Gate and will soon enter this port
Building for 1906 shows an Increase of 1
per cent over 1906. Thet small percentage
of gain Is due to the hoavy decrease In
building In New York City. Were Manhat-
tan and the Bronx not taken Into oonsld - -
eratlon the Increase would have been 8 per
cent. Official reports to the Construction
News from thirty-nine leading cities show
that permits were taken out for the con
struction of 139.457 buildings, involving a
total cost of $556,873,721, against 132.418 build
ings aggregating In cost $4, 38,390 for 16,
an Increase ot 7,039 buildings and $3,486,331,
or 1 per rent. This Is unquestionably the
high record for building operations In this
country. The Increase In 1906 over 1904 was
40 per cent.
In twenty-seven cities It will be seen
there were Increases for the year ranging
as high as 78 per cent, while In ten there
were losses. It Is significant that In New
York City there was a decrease of 18 per
cent, while the other principal cities show
gain The decrease Is due undoubtedly to
Batldlaar Reeord for Twelve
No. Cost No. Cost- Pe-Cent
CITY Bldgs. 1SU8. Bldgs. 1j6. Culn. Loss.
New York, Manhattan
and Bronx 8,610 $133.106,0 4.676 $163,1S0,971 .. 18
New York. Brooklyn... 11.7M 71.4&.U6 U'.l'.7 7v.4:tO 1
Chicago lv.447 4M,L'.330 8.3J7 ti3.4."C.l.'U 1
Phlladephla 17.3b3 40,711.510 16.9-8 34.822.135 16
St. Louis .0i a-.SH.'.!'3 8.234 2!
Los Angeles 9.0T2 18.U.H.&J0 .6i3 15. 'c7 18
Pittsburg 8.688 16.kJe.8fi3 S.Hnl 16.uC7.6Jl 6
Detroit 4.707 18.22.350 4.UJ1 l.4;2,Mi) 27
Cleveland 7.616 13.124,778 $.4t i.72.too 35
Washington 6.1v4 1$,43U.10 4.651 H.fi).4Cj .. 14
Kaneis tity 1.61 lu.7oo.4nd 4.147 lu.H17.ui4 .. 1
Milwaukee 3.WJ k.TlS.lM 4.1r; tarni.!;
Minneapolis 4.So6 t.to6,350 4.825 6.26 t
Buffalo W6 8,6iS7.0 2.S76 7.4vl,iui 17
Newark 2.6s 10, 428.468 2.4K2 ln.277.711 1
St. Paul $.799 T.0i7.6il VM i 1X7, MO 13
Denver 3, 4i.fi 7.u.'!,i 2,443 8.374.037 V
Cincinnati 8,468 ..7.76 S.4c 9.7"!.3!) 37
Rochester 1.718 ,v4.844 1 567 6.671.124 t
Indianapolis 1.33 6.M6.Ki8 2,if 7.1U.M8 .. 20
New Orleans 6.5.7i9 e.Oxsi.sM 9
Louisville t?7 6.1'.'X1 t.JM 4 ol.!2 13
Atlanta 1,721 6.044, 61 $.417 8, ST. 959 67
Toledo 1.2i8 6 V Kt.8 S!0 8 844.0'Z 60
Omaha 1.1K3 4.273.066 'vi 4.37, 44 $
Pallas l.H 8.1C1.174 1,527 2,(06.613 12
Wort-eater K 8.167..4 672 2.441. irjt Ft
Taroma 1,1V-' S.04l.776 I, l,tfiwj M
Duluth m I.761.I2S 729 l,in.:66 C6
Bait Lake City 617 2.2V6.7J1 6.9 1.491,810 68
Grand Rapids 1.249 M81.2u6 1.4M t.l46.24 1
Allegheny 61 t.0t.3.7o8 74 2.2Ji.; .. f
Seattle 1,t 11,0),418 7,17 6 74 7M 7
Unculn U 1 3216 263 I.iy M la
Mobile M 1.121,41 3x6 1. lis 771 .. $
Davenport 153 717.17 2M ,2.54
Topeka. Kan 647 814 64 922 41 ., 11
Pueblo, Colo 2iS 2.lt4 218 4"1.' .. 28
Spokane 1,813 $,8ul.h69 l.J l.9
Total .....039,4u; $6g6,8M,T2i 132,418 X4,38,i 1
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NEW ERA OF CANAL BUILDING
.'rojtoti Under Oons.deratitn that Would
Cost a tillion of Dollars.
SOME REAL ENIthfrtlSES UNDER WAY
Waterways to Carry Ure to Pittsburg,,
Connect Great Lakes with Unit
and Ocean and to Irrl
ate Arid West.
Another canal building era haa come to
the United States and Canada. The
Panama canal and the improvement of
the Erie canal are two enterprlxes that
mark it, and other notable projects are
contemplated or under way.
The first canal era waa after the Revo
lutionary war. It lasted until the railroads
came. They practically killed the canals.
The great railroad systems are now
nearly all built and a new development of
the transportation problem Is under way
of such a magnitude that few persons ex
cept engineers realize what Is going on.
The reason that new cana) projects have
sprung up Is that it Is asserted that it
costs only one-fourth, as a rule, to carry
freight In bulk by inland water transpor
tation of what it costs by rail.
Railroads are better adapted to carrying
freight in small parcels, so to speak, than
In great bulk, say the advocates of canals.
A l,(HA-ton barge. It Is declared, will carry
as much freight as a train of 100 cars, and
there Is little fuel to be burned to add to
I the cost. The belief has arisen In the
minds of some capitalists and engineers
that the canals, by moving freight of great
bulk, will cheapen the cost of manufacture
and thus Increase the output of what the
railroads can handle profitably in smaller
Ore Carriers Interested.
A demonstration of this has come with
the carrying of iron ore to the mills In
Pittsburg. It costs more to haul the ore
by rail from Ashtabula, O., to Pittsburg,
less than ISO miles, than It does to carry the
same ore nearly VQ0 mllea from the Lake
Superior mines to Ashtabula.
And curiously enough the greatest canal
projects now contemplated, but not yet
under way, center about Pittsburg. There
are two schemes to connect the Ohio river
and Lake Erie, and another scheme to con
nect rittsburg with Chesapeake bay. If
they go through Pittsburg's place as a
manufacturing center will remain abso
lutely secure, the engineers says, and the
city will be developed as rapidly as New
York was through the building of the Erie
But aside from the navigable canals pro
posed, S large number of which will prob
ably be dug In turn and the cost of which
will amount to hundreds of millions of dol
lars, there Is a great scheme of canal build
ing right In the United States that persons
In the east know almost nothing of. It Is
the great scheme of federal Irrigation In
the west by which more than 3,000,000 acres
of land will be added to our cultivable
domain and which will cost from $200,000,000
Already the expenditure of more than
for 1906 Shows
the tightening of the money market in the
east and the difficulty in securing building
loans In wide contrast with the conditions
which prevail elsewhere. The increases In
the other large oltles were only moderate,
but some of the interior cities at remote
points show remarkable gains. The Paclflo
coast cities show remarkable activity. Chi
cago and Brooklyn each gained 1 par cent,
while Philadelphia's Increase was 16 per
cent. Other gains were Seattle, 70; Duluth,
6u; Taroraa, 60; Atlanta, 67; Salt Lake City,
63; Toledo, CO; Cleveland, S5; Worcester, 23;
St. Louis and Detroit, each 27; Los Angeles,
18; Buffalo, 17; Lincoln, 15; St. Paul, 18;
Louisville, 12; Dallas, 12; Denver, 13; New
Orleans, t. Decreases are to be noted In
Clnclnnutl, 57 per cent; Pueblo, 18; Indian
apolis, 20; Davenport, 6; Washington, 14;
As a result of the open winter building
continues active in all sections nnd people
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$40,000,000 has been authorised for these
canals and It will surprise most folks to
know that work has been begun on no less
than twenty-two separate projects and that
already more than 1,300 miles of these
canals have been constructed.
Canal Across Cape Cod.
No one needs to be informed of the mag
nitude of the Panama and Erie canal proj
ect a. The latest enterprise of this kind to
be taken up is the construction of a ship
canal twelve miles long across Cape Cod at
a cost of about $10,000,000.
It will save many miles in the water trip
from New York to Boston and It la thought
will reduce the Massachusetts coast ship
wrecks to a minimum. August Belmont
ft Co. have undertaken the work and It Is
announced that operations will begin
within a year. It will require only three
years to finish It after It has been begun.
This canal across Cape Cod is only one
of a chain of c.inals that are projected
along the Atlantic coast for an inland pas
sage for small craft. The plan Is to make
the Delaware & Rarltan canal across New
Jersey navigable, for torpedo boats, and to
treat the Delaware & Chesapeake canal In
the same way.
Vessels would then pass down the Chesa
peake bay to Norfolk, where they would
enter the Dismal Swamp canal by enlarging
the famous Jericho canal. Passing through
the North Carolina sounds and around
Hattcras the Inland passage would soon
strike the North Florida coast
A canal across Florida would not be a
difficult engineering feat, and thus the
United States would secure a passage for
small craft from New England to the Oult
of Mexico. It would be Invaluable for
small naval vessels in time of war.
With the construction of the Cape Cod
canal the eatabliahment of an Inland
waterway becomes feasible and would not
he excessive in coat. The distance across
New Jersey Is only about forty miles and
the distance from the Delaware to the
Chesapeake Is less than twenty.
The Dismal Swamp canal would be un
der fifty miles. The rest Is a mere mat
ter of dredging. If the Cape Cod canal
Is dug, engineers say It Is only a ques
tion of time before the full Inland passage
scheme will be adopted by the federal
government for the sake of self-protection
If for no other reason.
Canada's Tidewater Scheme.
Aside from , the Cape Cod project the
most costly tidewater enterprise In con
templation is that of building the Geor
gian Bay and Tidewater Ship canal from
Lake Huron across the peninsula to the
Ottawa river and down that to the St.
Lawrence river, Canada has always
fought railroads with canals. In that way
It has made the St. Lawrence a mighty
tributary to its prosperity.
This new scheme is to allow boats from
the Great Lakes to avoid Lakes Erie and
Ontario In their passage to the. sea and
thus divert largely the grain trade of the
northwest from the United States. The
scheme will cost more than $100,000,000 and
Us details are under consideration by the
The other great canals now In use In
this country are the two at Bault Ste.
Marie, the St. Clair canal and the Wel
land canal, all of which furnish an outlet
from Luke Superior to the St. Lawrence.
who are familiar with the situation In the
leading cities predict tnut the results for
1907 will be equally satisfactory.
Food for reflection Is found In the table
of building operations for December as pre
sented below. There are two features espe
cially worthy of consideration. It show
very clearly the effect of the mild weather
and also Indicates pretty definitely the re
markable growth of smaller cities of the
country While there was a decrease of
18 per cent compared with tho correspond
ing month a -year ago, 1 there were some
The notable Increase in building In Dav
enport Is due to the granting of a permit
for a new hotsl to cost. $250,0f0. Seattle's
big Increase Is accounted for by a permit
for a five-story Jail and hospital to cost
$32o,000. The figures In detail for the year
and for the months as given by the Con
struction News are:
Record for December, lOOO.
No. Cost No. Cost Per Cent
CITY bldgs. 19U6. Bldgs. 19U6. Gain. Loss.
New York, Manhattan
and Bronx 183 $3,406,000 810 $10,271,601) .. 66
New York, Brooklyn... 734 3jj,Ki4 863 6,176. 61 .. 87
t'l.k-ago 608 3.K4.660 448 6.7U0.15O .. 43
fc't. Louis 898 2.163.106 4H9 1.212,029 78
Phlladephla 881 $.026,046 706 l,0b6.440 90
New UrleM.ua l.t&o.trtO ... 1.W4.676 23
Ditrolt 296 1,8H2,7&0 248 1,102,600 S
Kansas City 3UT 1,260.776 260 7C1.863 64
I.cjs AngeieJ 6ol 9&V.445 787 1.294.371 - 26
Milwaukee 1) 776.961 178 4V.4.729 67
Washington M . 606,611 296 6,9ti7 .. 1
Ck-veiaud 4"S 6MI.U94 333 ', 666.230
Rochester 98 671, 6-0 100 7SU.713 .. 23
Denver 115 i.S.uJa 13 4J7.0 it
Minneapolis ISO 42,710 191 A'CmA 18
Bt. Paul 17 469,846 147 21..91 76
l'.ttsburg 175 4o0.7j8 207 629.937 .. 16
Des .Moines 86 43.6oO 16 ld.luO 171
Huflalo 181 451,000 171 376.020 19
Portland 246 874.4.8 123 821,076 16
Newark 139 J72.0u6 178 720. e&j 48
Atlanta lul 839,219 216 115.761 It)
Davenport I 260.160 6 Si. 4-0 678
Toledo 26S.CM) ... 266 J .. . t
Omaha 62 219.675 82 829.200 .. S3
Grand Itaplds 64 144.270 87' Iff C6J 22
'Jacoma U4 131'o 81 99.327 81
Allegheny 48 114. i6 31 lul.6u0 13
San Antonio 186 9o.u6u 130 66.270 36
t'UiuUi 43 79.MJ t 46.728 41
l.ll.c .In 28 33,710 26 60.700 .. 33
Louliiville m r UH W Vo l' 175
Cincinnati 2X1 $60,821 324 6-94 68
Dallas 144 191.7m) $ 1K.OI5 74
Worcester 41 69.407 34 1686 .. 65
Bait Lake City 20 48 6.J0 4 6,3jO .. 49
Mobile 28 84 4ot 28 26.810 87
Pueblo, Colo 17 18,7o0 11 13.CM) 42
Spokane 81 127. nM) 83 143 7.6 .. 11
lndiuiiupolts SuO EiC.liJ ir9 67;i.347 ' ., 63
Keattle , 634 t,8Hk.4 610 .4 0
Toptka, Kan 41 63,268 80 27. 600 93
Total .....jl,$3 631,163,719" ;3"jT $37,9U,1 7. V
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The Georgian bay enterprise wlU shorten
that distance by several hundred mllea.
Another schema along the sams lines
is to build a canal from Georgian bay
to Lake Ontario near Toronto. This la a
shorter project, but It will probably not
be undertaken If the Ottawa river soheme
4s adopted, although It may come later If
that canal should prove profitable and
there Is room for both.
Washington a Canal Booater.
Nearly all the other canal projects which
are under oonslderatluM in this country
have to do with tho Mississippi valley re
gion. Washington first originated this
scheme. lie wanted to run a canal from
the Chesapeake across to Pittsburg and
then dig another to Ashtabula.
The idea was given up because of the
great cost, lie aim wanted to connect the
Mississippi with the Great Lakes, a feat
which has been accomplished and which
Is to be developed probably at great cost.
Chicago has already built a great canal
of more, than forty miles to discharge the
city's sewage into the Mississippi. It Is
planned to extend it to St. Louis.
Meantime a canal has been constructed
seven feet In depth from Hennepin, 111., to
the Rock river, running along that stream
to the Mississippi at Rock island. It Is the
most pretentious bit of canal building that
this country has seen In recent years. It
solves the problem of navigation from the
lakes to the Mississippi.
The other plans to connect the lakes with
the Mississippi region alV center about
Pittsburg. The first Is to build the canal
from Ashtabula, a distance of 13) ml!es.
Its cost will run well up to $100,000,000. but
It Is urged that It will so reduce the co.-t
of manufacture of Bteel products in ntts
burg a to give new life to the already
prosperous Industries there.
The second project Is to connect Lake
Erie with the Ohio by a canal 348 miles
long from Toledo to Cincinnati. That will
not benefit Pittsburg as much as the Ash
tabula canal, but It will form another link
In opening the Great Lakes to navigation
to the gulf, and, it Is argued, the entire
region will be benefited.
In the Mississippi Baaln.
All the great navigable streams tributary
to the Mississippi are being improved by
deepening -the channels, which really
amounts to the promotion of canal naviga
tion, and when the general srfteme of Im
proving these highways of commerce Is
finished it Is estimated that more than 4,000
mllea of Inland water transportation for
freight in bulk will be added to the coun
Another canal In contemplation Is a little
one across the end of Michigan's peninsula
In Lake Superior, and still another that has
been suggested is acrnps eastern Massa
chusetts from Narragunsett bay to Boston.
The latter, however, Is likely to remain in
abeyance until the Cape Cod experiment Is
Altogether, counting In the Panama
canal and the Erie canal Improvements,
there Is In contemplation an expenditure of
nearly a billion dollars In' the proposed
canal Improvements In this country and
Rosiest Canals In the World.
The busiest canals In the world are thoe
which now permit the passage of ships to
and from the great lakes. With the open
ing of the Panama canal It Is regarded as
certain that a demand will be made for
ship transportation .from the lakes to tho
gulf, through either of the two projects of
canals through Ohio and the Improvement
of the canal already In existence serosa
The Cape Cod enterprise Is likely to be
the first of this development of Inland and
tidewater canals, and the canal from Ash
tabula to Pittsburg is likely to be the next.
Already there Is a canal along the Potomac
up to Cumberland, Md.. and It Is declared
to be feasible to cross the watershed to
With two canals direct from Iike Erie
to Pittsburg and the present open water to
the gulf by way of the Ohio river, and with
a ship canal to the Atlantic, It Is de- l irrd
Pittsburg would become an lnhind pirt with
such advantages as are possessed at present
or In prospect by no city In the world.
Irrigation. Projeets In West.
The Irrigation scheme In the west derives
its revenues for construction from the sile
of public lands.' There Is scarcely a state
in the far west that Is not to have one of
these great canals.
The water of freshets Is to be Impounded
and enormous dams, some of which, in
canors, will be more than 300 feet high, will
be constructed. Major J. W. Powell, for
many years director of the geolrgleal sur
rey, was the first advocate of the great
It was his dream, and nearly two years
ago his dream was first reiillzed. when the
waters of the Truckee river In Nevada
were turned Into the Carson river and Im
pounded to supply Irrigation for more than
54,000 acres of land that was praeMcally
useless hitherto because of arid cnnd tlor.s.
Work Is going on so fast In the twenty
two projects under way that It Is hard t
keep up with its results. In CVlornilo more
than five miles of tunnels have been made
In the mountains near Ounnlwn for exeat
water channels. Roads, bridges and side
brandies are being made In connection w!th
the various main ditches on which dredges
sre at work, and already an army of men
Is employed In the broadf-st erheme ever
known to enrich and reclaim arable lands
by the use of water.
The Chinese built their great canal frurn
Peking to Hangkow In the seventh century.
Prance haa the largest development f ci
lia! building of any country In the wrrld,
the -total lentfth of Its Inland watt r'ays
bring 7,4f$ milts as against 6 214 fir Ger
many, $.S7 for the Vnltod Kingdom and
1,242 for Belgium.
Collections by Treasurer.
County and City Treasurer Fink re-
rorts that during 1W his office received
19.213.78 Interest from banks on dally de'
roslts. The county received the sum of
17j.C0 In surplus fees, such as collection
of taavs for city anJ state.
"There seems to bo a feeling that th-i
Nebraska legislature now In cession wll
lo.-k Into the grain rate situation in th
stale very carefully," suld a local gr.iln
man. It that Is dtnc. the li-Kislators wil
Mud, among other tilings. Hint one Ni
bracka railroad, tho Bt, Joseph & Grami
Island, Is charging 14 cents on corn and oats
for a haul of lfiU mllea within this state
while hauling to Kansas City, 8." mllc
from the same point of origin, for 15 cents
that another Nebraska road, the Omaha
charges 12H cents on corn and oats wittily
the state, and hauls from tho some point
to Minneapolis, 346 miles, for 14'i cents
"These instances are not Isolated, burl
are typical of the Nebraska situation. If
the Nebraska legislators wish to do some
Equalizing,' the field is ready. Omaha
(Tain dealers would not ask for anythinK
better than 'equalization' on a mileag.
basis with Minneapolis on the north ami
Kansas tnty on the south. If that were
accomplished, the Omaha market would
bo second to Chicago in 1907.
"Beside keeping fresh In the minds ofl
Omaha shippers the discrimination of the!
Rock Island-Frisco system against Omaha,
the recent circular of th Commercial clul
and the Omaha Grain exchange may alsni
be the means of getting some facts befoml
Vice President W. II. Blddle of the Rock
Island," said a member of the Grain ex
change. Saturday, as he glanced over thol
circular in question.
"In a discussion which was had between
the Omaha neoole and Mr. Hlddle. he took
the position he had no desire to antagnnltof
this market or to promote the Karsns Cltj
market. It may be. when he learns thnj
position taken by the Kansas City Board
of Trade In - openly boasting of the ad
vantages Kansas City has secured at the
expense of Omaha and St. Louis, Mr.
Blddle will raise some objection to having
his roads used merely as an Instrument
to promote the growth of Kansas City at
the expense of Omaha and St. Louis.
"The reason of Kansas City's determlna
tlon to deprives Omaha of its natural
geographical advantage Is evident, when
the annual report of the Kansas City
Board of Trade Is analysed and It Is found
that the receipts of grain at Kansas City
decreased nearly 10,000,000 bushels under
1905, while during the same period the re
celpts at Omaha Increased about 10,0.10,000
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