National Geographic : 1958 Nov
Admiral's Spacious Ballroom Attracts Dancers Aged Seven to Seventy lock, tie them up beyond, then come back for the rest. This takes an hour or more, whereas single-locking takes 15 minutes. "When this canal system was planned some 30 years ago," said the lockmaster, "a future of about 9,000,000 tons a year was expected. Now twice that much moves through some of the locks. They should be at least double their present size. But who could have im agined that Mississippi traffic would make such a comeback?" In addition to commercial traffic, the num ber of small craft using the locks has increased amazingly. Every lockmaster would like to have a supplementary small lock to pass small 686 As long as a city block, the liner ranks as one of St. Louis's leading summer attractions. Its power plant generates enough electricity to supply a boats. Opening a 600-foot lock for a row boat or a motorboat causes expensive shipping delays and uses water that in dry periods is very precious-but it must be done. French Grandeur in the Wilderness Through island reaches that called back memories of Japan's Inland Sea,* we jour neyed along the edge of Wisconsin, past thriv ing La Crosse to historic Prairie du Chien, where girls in costume of a century ago show guests the treasures of Villa Louis. This re markably civilized home was built on the * See "Cruising Japan's Inland Sea," by Willard Price, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, Nov., 1953.