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    Congressional Record dictation was very popular through Gregg Simplifed. By the time Diamond Jubilee rolled around, pen stenography was clearly something used in an office, not in court rooms. Training office stenographers using the Congressional Record was no longer in vogue.

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p. 259-261

Our Inland Waterways

          Mr. Chairman, I am in hearty accord with a program for the enlargement and extension of our Mississippi River barge line and while the district I have the honor to represent does not boarder on the Mississippi River, South Dakota is, nevertheless, vitally interested in the improvement of our inland waterways.  I therefore wish to allude briefly to the importance to us of river navigation and of making our rivers into highways of commerce.
          Transportation is vital to every community; it has marked the progress of civilization.  Along the rivers and lakes, history reveals the most rapid progress was attained.  I just mention this to call attention to the importance not only of transportation but of transportation at a reasonable rate and charge for the service.
          The only hope I see for South Dakota and other mid-western states to obtain a reasonable rate is by water competition.  Here we have this splendid waterway, the broad Missouri with its tremendous volume of water ever ready to carry the commerce of the Middle West.  The day when this river is made navigable as readily can be done, it will be competition and a general reduction of transportation charges.
          The possibilities of the Missouri River as a highway for commerce are beyond one’s comprehension.  This river and its tributaries form the greatest inland waterway system in the world.  One of our Government boards reported that if this system was improved as engineers now know how to do it, it would have the capacity of 600 single-track railroads.  Think of this capacity for beneficial use!  (Concluded next month)

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