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What Col. E. S. Conway Has to Say About the Proposed Deep Waterway from the Great Lakes to the Gulf
ANUFACTURERS, merchants, For many years the question of a farmers, and the public at Deep
Waterway between the Great large, are suffering on account Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico has been
of inadequate facilities for agitated, and Chicago took the initia! promptly handling the freight of the step toward the fulfilment of this much country.
needed public imThe United
provement, when States boasts of its
she decided to apmarvelous system
propriate $55,000,of railroads and
000 to cut a ship waterways, and
canal, in place of well it may. Glanc
open sewer, ing at a map of our
from the South country, showing
Branch of the Chithe various arter
cago River to ies of trade, one
Lockport, Illinois, would think that
with average provision for
width of about 200 promptly moving
feet, and a minithe products of
mum depth of 22 mines, factories,
feet of water. and farms, were
The cost of more than ade
canal quate to meet all
would not have exdemands, yet the fact is apparent on
ceeded $20,000,000. every hand that,
Thus the citizens in nearly every sec
of Chicago, by a COL. E. S. CONWAY tion, there is
practically unaniwoeful shortage in
mous vote, showed shipping facilities.
their faith in an open waterway to the The fact is that the rapidly increas Gulf, to the tune of $35,000,000, freely ing output of the products of the soil, and honestly spent, in excess of their the mines, and manufactured goods of absolute requirements in constructing a all kinds, and the active demand for good sanitary canal, which would pro'same, have far out-stripped the growth vide ample sewage facilities for all of shipping facilities.
time. The managers of our railways freely The Chicago Commercial Association, admit that they have been unable to composed of Chicago's leading business keep pace with the marvelous develop men, very naturally are eager to have ments of the country at large, and yet, the United States Government approthe railroad interests as a whole, strenu priate the comparatively small sum: necously oppose the improvement of public essary to complete the deep watcrway waterways by the Government.
to the Gulf. This association made a
in the song.
the White House as well, when about 300 delegates of the convention called upon President Roosevelt to present to him the resolutions they had adopted. After the committee had pinned their badge upon the President's breast, Mr. Wilder, of the Chicago committee, led
President Roosevelt took a card from the hand of one of the committee and joined heartily in the singing He expressed himself as in heartiest sympathy with the work of the convention, and said, “I would very much like to be introduced to your ‘poet laureate.' I want him to write as good a song as that about the Panama Canal."
AGRICULTURAL ADVERTISING asked Mr. Conway a few questions regarding the proposed deep waterway, and in answer he kindly dictated the following:
Col. E. S. Conway on the Deep Waterway
from the Great Lakes to the Gulf
wise selection when it chose, as its Deep Waterway Committee, Messrs. E. S. Conway, A. C. Bartlett, and Walter H. Wilson.
The Chairman of this Committee, Col. E. S. Conway, is Vice-President of the W. W. Kimball Company, the largest manufacturer of pianos and organs in the world. He is also “Grand Sire,”chief executive-of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the World, presiding over the affairs of 1,700,000 members. The annual expenditure of this order for the education of its orphans and in relief is $4,700,000.
When Col. Conway espouses a cause, he goes into it up to his neck, and he is a six footer, and every inch a fighter. Just now, he is a Deep Waterway "on wheels” and, being a Baptist, he enters into the work heartily.
Last month he was chairman of a committee of the Chicago Commercial Association, to attend the convention of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress, which met in Washington, D. C., December 6th and 7th. The Committee consisted of Col. Conway, Chairman, T. Edward Wilder, H. C. Barlow, W. D. Moody, and A. C. Tisdele.
These gentlemen did good work in the convention and outside as well. One of the members wrote a song, set to the air of "Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom.” The song ran as follows: “We represent the people who want the water
wayFourteen feet through the valley. We represent the shippers, who have the big
gest say Fourteen feet through the valley. We want the ships a-running and lowering the
Fourteen feet through the valley. And if we get the water, we'll guarantee the
We're going to have the way;
To make the vessels pay;
With Uncle Sam's O. K.
Fourteen feet through the valley." The Chicago committee sang this song in the capitol committee rooms, and in
The question is often asked by those who have not the time to compare conditions existing in canal and non-canal countries, or sections of such countries, what advantages would accrue to manufacturers, business men and the public at large by the construction of a deep waterway from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. In the limited space at command this question must be answered generally, rather than specifically.
It is estimated that from 60 to 70 per cent of the cost of living is consumed in charges for the transportation of the various commodities necessary for the maintenance of the individual and his family. Therefore, whatever diminishes the cost of carriage, diminishes the expense of living, and be
an exceedingly important economical question. James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern railway system, said recently, in testimony given before the congressional committee on rivers and harbors, “Given a good channel, and a good craft, no form of trans
portation can compete with water-borne states bordering on the lakes of more traffic"—an assertion that is demon than $20,000,000 on their grain crop strated daily the civilized world over. alone.
The rate of carriage by rail varies When the rate on wheat from St. from 6 to 8.58 mills per ton-mile, the Louis to New Orleans by river was average cost of carriage for all the roads
30.6 cents per bushel, it was 70.2 cents of the United States being 7.79 mills per bushel by rail from St. Louis to per ton-mile.
Ocean freight rates are New York. But when the river rate fell almost invariably one-half a mill per from 30.6 cents to 4.25 cents per bushel ton-mile. On the Great Lakes the cost to New Orleans, the rail rate to New of carriage is about 60 of a mill per ton York immediately followed it down from mile, while on the Ohio and Mississippi 70.2 cents to 11.6 cents. This shows rivers transportation charges are about that the lower rate by water will pull .50 of a mill per ton-mile, which shows down the higher rate by rail, even when that water-borne traffic, including canals the rates are between non-competitive and small rivers, costs from one-quarter points. to one-third that carried by rail. One The waterway can
be consteamer will take down the Mississippi trolled by a trust or combination, bea barge fleet, carrying from 70,000 to cause it is an open highway, upon which 80,000 tons of coal, at a charge of 50c any individual who has money enough to a ton, while the rail rate is more than build a barge can embark in the busifour times as much for a less distance. ness of a common carrier and conduct Coal rates from Ashtabula to Duluth it as he sees fit. No one has any better are just twenty times greater by rail or greater right of way than he. He than by water.
has no fixed charges to pay for mainteTo the shipper the regulation of rates nance of roadway, stations, or water of carriage is fully as important as the tanks, and he has no bonded indebtedrate itself. With constantly fluctuating ness to meet nor dividends to pay on freight charges, or with charges fixed stock issued for the cost of construction. to meet the demands of large or wealthy The time required to complete the shippers, the small produce is simply at waterway from the Great Lakes to the the mercy of the transportation com Mississippi river will depend upon the panies. Freight will always seek the energy with which the Government cheapest means of conveyance, and since pushes the work. It could be completed water furnishes that desideratum, freight in two years, and it might possibly take will naturally seek that mode of car five, depending on the liberality of Conriage. The more costly means must al gress in making appropriations. ways be in competition with the cheaper, Congress will do whatever the people and be modified by it.
demand, and it is "up to them" to use The improvement of the channel and their influence with the members of Conharbors of the Great Lakes permitted gress, giving them to understand most the use of more capacious vessels, but unequivocally, that this work is essential before that time the water rate on wheat to the business interests of the country from Chicago to New York was 29.61 and must be completed without delay. cents i bushel, and the all-rail rate was The coal famine in the West shows the 46.10 cents a bushel. Larger vessels congested condition of the railway trafbrought the water rate down to 5.25 fic, and proves that additional and cents a bushel, which forced the rail cheaper transportation facilities must be roads to reduce this rate to 10.60 cents provided to meet the demands of the a bushel. This reduction resulted in an growing industrial and commercial inannual saving to the farmers of the terests of the country.
Atlas Club Banquet
Auditorium Hote! Chicago, December 14, 1906 URE food advertising, and pure stowed away the good things provided, food legislation, was the subject but what they were advertising men; of the evening at the annual and lots of the fellows said, after hear
banquet of the Atlas Club, Chi ing the guest of honor-Dr. Wileycago, on the evening of December 14th, speak, that he would have made 1906.
rattling good advertising man had he As to the banquet itself, neither Dr. aspired to the noble profession in place Harvey W. Wiley, chairman of the Na of puttering with chemistry and things. tional Pure Food Commission, chief of The banquet was a sensible, hungerthe Bureau of Chemistry, United States satisfying affair, without frills, and was Department of Agriculture, Washing- thoroughly enjoyed by 136 members and ton, D. C.; Dr. Thomas J. Bryan, State guests.
Analyst, Illinois State Food Commission; Dr. Charles J. Whalen, Health Commissioner of the City of Chicago, nor Mr. Paul Pierce, publisher of What to Eat, seemed to concern themselves as to the purity of the excellent bill of fare. They pitched in and ate and drank just like ordinary mortals, who eat and drink what tastes good, and "ask no questions for conscience sake.” One couldn't tell, by the way they
Toastmaster J. R. Katherns, president
The pure food agitation, and the resultant enactment of the national food law has done
more to advance America's food industry than any step that has ever before been taken in the country's history,-it is creating publicity of greater value to the food producers and to the manufacturers of the legitimate, staple, standard brands of food products, than all the advertising in the past combined—not all the food manufacturers realize this fact.
America has become much greater than many of our people realize. No longer are our manufacturers dependent upon home trade. America has become the food market place of the world. On our great cattle ranges of the West, graze the herds that are to provide most of the nations with their meats. great Northwestern fields, waves the wheat that is to furnish most of the people of the world with their bread. Our butter and cheese, beverages, and relishes, and all manner of tinned products enter the market of all the nations. To the men who cater to this world
of advertising such as the country has never known before. It doesn't cost the food manufacturer any more for a page advertisement in the magazines or newspapers than it costs the manufacturer of boats, fire-arms, automobiles, pumps, razors, opera glasses, diamonds, and so on, and yet he gets from ten to a hundred times the service. Every man, woman, and child eat foods, yet the boat the automobile man and so on, find it most profitable to buy space by the pages in the magazines, and the food man sits back and wonders whether it will pay him to advertise. Where one man in five thousand may buy a boat once a year, the five thousand people in five thousand eat foods every day of the 365 days in a year, and most of them eat three meals every day. Thus there are about 5,375,000 meals eaten to where there is one boat purchased. There are nearly seventy-five thousand firms in this country doing an interstate business in food products. Food advertising has just started. It is bound to be the bulk of advertising in the future, because of the now favorable conditions under the national food law.
The national food law is going to create food advertising by the manufacturer and distributors of food products, because
First-It is going to make it possible for a man to manufacture and sell a food product without putting that product in competition with a fraud.
Second-It is going to create food advertis. ing, because it will create new names and new terms for food products, and these new names and new terms must be advertised.
Third-It is going to create advertising because it will force the manufacturer who is engaged in interstate commerce in food prod. ucts and whose products, therefore, must conply with the national food law, to advertise to meet the competition of the manufacturer within the state, who is manufacturing products to sell within the state and whose products do not have to comply with the national food law.
Fourth--It is going to create food advertis. ing, because it has already, and it will continue to create the greatest interest in the consumer, who is already educating himself to judge and discriminate as to the products he buys.
Fifth-It is going to create advertising because of the necessity to reassure the public on this food subject, which public has become very timid as
to many classes of food products.
Sixth-It is going to create advertising be. cause it will destroy the business in cheap, fraudulent, adulterated, private brands that do not comply with the national food law.
Seventh-It will create advertising because it will bring about a more profitable and satisfactory relation between the manufacturer of legitimate, standard brands and the jobber.
trade, the enactment of the pure food law, and the agitation for pure foods have been a blessing that many of their minds have failed to grasp. True,
the food conditions in America and the agitation for pure food have been advertised to the world and the first effect, no doubt, has been temporarily disastrous. The after effect is to inform the world that food conditions in America have been revolutionized; that drastic national and state laws have been passed, and that, in consequence
of this governmental supervision, American foods are now to be the purest of any in the world. All the nations will reach out for our food products as models of purity and wholesomeness. Foods labeled, "Made in America,” will be as famous as once were the wares bearing the trade-mark "Made in Germany."
The agitation for pure foods and the resultant enactment of the national food law are also the greatest things that ever happened for the advertising man. It will result in an era