Ohio History Journal

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Editorialana.                        287


students of the Ohio State University, Mr. C. P. McClelland and Mr.

C. C. Huntington, working under the direction of Professor J. E. Hagerty

of the Department of Political Science and Economics, Ohio State Uni-

versity, and by whom the preface is written. In an introductory note

by the Secretary of the Society it is said: "This monograph does not

attempt, of course, to discuss in any way the question of the policy of

the State as to the retention or abandonment of the canals. The pur-

pose has simply been to put forth in concise and accurate manner all

the data necessary for a thorough understanding of the constructive,

financial and economic history of the Ohio canals."

Probably no other single publication presents in so concise and

complete a manner all the information concerning the various features of

the history and construction and use of the canals as does this volume.

It treats exhaustively of the cost to the state, method of raising the

money, manner of building, extent of traffic and travel upon the same;

the industrial and economic effect, both direct and indirect, upon the state.

There are complete tables of the financial features of the canals, rates

of toll and so on for each successive year from 1827 to the present time.

An excellent map of the Ohio canals, proposed, existing and abandoned,

drawn by Mr. A. H. Sawyer of the Canal Commissioner's office accom-

panies the little volume. For many years there has been a great demand

for the varied information which this little volume supplies. It is sold

by the society at the prices of 50 cents and $1.00 for paper and cloth

editions respectively.




We have received a prospectus setting forth the proposed electric

railroad which is to be built from Hillsboro, Highland County, through

Peebles and West Union, Adams County, to Aberdeen, Brown County,

and touching at many intervening towns. This project particularly in-

terests the members and friends of the Ohio State Archaeological and His-

torical Society, as the road will pass the entrance of the Serpent Mound

Park, thereby rendering Serpent Mound accessible in a manner which

has never before existed. As it is now it can be reached only by

vehicle travel from Peebles, the nearest railway station some six miles

distant. Inconvenient as its location now is, hundreds visit it each year

but with the proposed methods of approach the number of visitors will

be vastly increased and the interest taken in this wonderful pre-historic

monument will be greatly extended. Those of a highly sentimental and

poetic temperament may be somewhat "shocked" if indeed they do not

lament, that this curious earth structure of a vanished race is to be a

side station of the  electric currents of modern rapid transit. But the

advance of modern conveniences is no respecter of persons, existing or

extinct. It is a far cry from the centuries ago when the Mound Builders