The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 1, 1896

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Is Willing to Deepen St. Lawrence Canals for Our Benefit

Wilfrid Laurier, the new Canadian premier, talks as though he intended to push the plan for deepening the St. Lawrence canals to twenty-one feet or more for all there is in it. He seems to be willing to more than double the amount already spent by Canada on her canals - $60,000,000 - if necessary to see the plan carried through. He dilates on the immense benefit this deep canal would be to the farmers of the American northwest in enabling them to ship from Duluth to Liverpool without breaking bulk, and thus competing with other wheat-growing countries on more advantageous terms. He says nothing, however, about the toll Canada would charge American bottoms for their use, a sum that would not by any means be a small one, unless the United States were willing to retaliate by taxing the Canadian bound over the same route for use of the St. Clair canal, which canal, by the way, the Canadians claim, is partly in their territory.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 1, 1896