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Ohio Valley Hist

Ohio Valley Hist. Ass'n, Fifth Annual Meeting.           91


on its passenger list to preserve the equilibrium of its cash account. A

fine line of side-wheel boats has always been maintained between Cin-

cinnati and Louisville; and who has not heard of those magnificent

double-deckers, the United States and America, that nightly carried great

cabins full of happy travellers between those two cities, until one night

a disastrous collision brought a brilliant career to a tragic ending.

But a permanently navigable river which admits of deeper draft

than is now permissible will quickly replace the wooden inflammable

craft of today by a steel constructed vessel, so comfortably and elegantly

appointed, so safe, fleet and smooth of movement, through river scenery

of matchless beauty, gratifying every choice of distance and direction,

as cannot fail to appeal to our people.

Not that the hurrying commercial traveler will choose this method

for making five or six towns a day, but it will be sought by that great

body of leisurely travelers, the product of our unparalleled national

prosperity, which moves like a solid phalanx on our coast and lake re-

sorts in summer time, and like an army of occupation invades our

Southern States in winter; for whose comfort and enjoyment great

fleets of luxuriantly equipped greyhounds are speeding from ocean to

ocean and from shore to shore.

Another new and potent factor in the future commerce of our

Western rivers is the Panama Canal. Through its open gates the Ohio

and Mississippi Valleys will have direct water connection with the

west coast of South America, our own Pacific Coast, and the harbors

of the Orient. The largest share of American-made goods that will

seek these markets will come from the workshops and mills of the

Mississippi Valley. The greatest beneficiary of this new commercial

roadstead will be the Mississippi Valley.









When the founders of our Republic chose the eagle as the

symbol of our national life, they did not have in mind its carniv-

orous nature nor its predatory habit. They saw in it the only living

creature that could see the farthest and that could climb the highest

into the blue. There was in this choice some predetermination of Provi-

dence; for three hundred years ago when this continent was, like an-

cient Chaos, without form and void, there appeared on the Atlantic sea-

board a little fringe of Anglo-Saxons who never dreamed that they

were an empire in embryo; but there, already was the eagle's egg.