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December 4, 1930

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THE SAGUACHE CRESCENT l--P~ Christopher of llle~e and Prlncetm Rophle of Greee~ who are to be married at Frankfort on Decem- ber' 15. 2---ffohu Philip Sousa presenting to President Hoover his latest composition. "The t;eorge Washington Bl-~enteunlai March." after it had been played by the U. 8. Marine band at the White flouse. 3--Architect's moa~ of new atate tmpitoi of Louisiana which will stand on the old campus of the state university. NEWS REVIEW OF CURRENT EVENTS Inland Waterway Projects Are Being Pushed to Give Work to Unemployed. By EDWARD W. PICKARD WORK for the unemployed was the thought In the minds pf the thousand or more members of tile Mississippi Valley assoclathm when they gathered In SL Louis for their annual convention. C6nsequently the apeakers urged that the lnhmd water- ways program be speeded up by the government so that the projects In the valley now authorized might be com- pleted in five years Instead of fifteen. This would mean the expenditure on them of $100,000,000 a ),ear for the next five years. Secretary of War "Hurley, who was present, agreed with otbers that quick completion of the lllinols waterway was vital to the progress of the pr~J. gram and said the War department would include in\ the deficiency bill in congress next month an item tbat would permit work on that link to sta~ this winter. "President Hoover," said Secretary Hurley, "has given me permission to ask congress for a $22,500,000 de- flclency appropriation to carry on the increased work on waterways this year It will enable speeding up for the winter months. "As to the Illinois waterway, ! am anxious to get the shovels r~dling and to get going. When we get that proj- ect completed, connecting the Great Lakes with the Mississippi, it will be a tremendous atep in the 9,000 miles of inland waterways so long talked about." It developed that if the government goes ahead speedily, as Mr. Hurley wishes, the state government of Iill- ntis must get busy with the construe. tion of five bridges at Joliet and sev en below that city, for the water could not be turned in before those bridges are built. Muff. Gen. Lytle Brown, chief of en- gineers in charge of the valley proJ. eats, thus set forth the attitude of the federal engiueers: "Here Is what we have In view now in the valley: "1. To drive the Illinois waterway to completion with all apeed, "2. '~o prosecute with vigor the ira. provement of the Missouri from its mouth to Sioux City. "8. To execute the flood control work on the lower Mississippi as the law contemplates, looking all the time for more perfection In the plans. "4. To push the Ohio improvement out from the main stem as rapidly as the means available will permiL "I believe In the St. Lawrence wa- terway to the sea. but 1 am convinced that the Illinois waterway is more vital to our prosperity than Is even the SL Lawrence waterway. Chicago is the most important place on the lakes, and there is on tile lakes an aggregation of industrial and popula- tion centers such as evennow is not matched on any other trade route on earth." pRESIDENT HOOVER is anxious to have the government du what it can. under existing laws, to help state and local authorities In their war on gangs and racketeers, but he vigorous. |y denies the published report that he will propose to congress any extension of the federal criminal lawn for this purpose. "Every single state," said Mr. Hoo- ver, "haa ample laws that cover such criminality. What is needed is the enforcement of those laws, and not more laws. Any Suggestion of In- creasing the federal criminal lawn In general is a reflection on tile sover- eignty aud the stamina of state gov- el~meut. "The federal government la assist- Ing local authorities to overcome a hideous gangster and corrupt control of some local governments, but ! get no satisfaction from the reflection that the only wa~y that this can. be done is for the federal government to convict mtm for failing to pay income taxes on the flnanc|al product of crime against state laws. "What we need Is a more wide- spread public awakening to the failure Of sotne l(~L'ai governments to protect their citizens from mtwder, racketeer. lag, corruption and other crimes, and their rallying of support to the men of these localities that are today mak- ing a couD~geou8 battle to clean up these places." C ENTRAL and western Eur, qle were swept by disastrous gales that were followed by serious floods of scores of rivers. Thousands of per- sons were rendered homeless and there was widespread suffering, but the loss of life was not great. The w.rst fatality was the foundering of the German steamer I,oulse Leonhardt in the estuary of the Elbe. Its entire crew of thirty-one men was lost. All over France, Belgium, Germany and Holh|nd the lowlands were Iloeded. river boats were slink, w|nter crops were ruined and rail and telegraph communications were Interrupted. The swollen river Seine threatened much of Paris with inundation and troops were called on to build sandbag para- pets. (]rent Britain suffered ahnost as much from the storms as did tire con- tinental'