National Geographic : 1923 Jun
662 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Clifton Adams ALONG TIHE PICTURESQUE CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL The project to build the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal dates back to two years before the Declaration of Independence was signed; George Washington fostered it, and became the first president of the company, resigning when he became President. A touch of Holland is discernible along this canal in the summer when many folk take the trip from Cumberland to Washington by engaging passage with a canal-boat captain. It runs through a region of great scenic beauty, including Harpers Ferry. For ten miles above Georgetown the canal is alive with canoes and swimmers in the summer. The digging of the canal was inaugurated on July 4, 1828, and President John Quincy Adams turned the first spade of dirt. It was opened 22 years later. The canal is 184 miles long, 6 feet deep, and from 60 to 70 feet wide. its parades; its lower stretches are fasci nating any afternoon at the hour Congress adjourns and legislators walk homeward. A JURIST'S SEARCII FOR THRILLERS Among Chinese laundries, "sample shoe" shops, hotels teeming with bygone political memories and once famous for certain juleps and cocktails, is a book stall. There a noted Supreme Court justice, now dead, whose hobby was his Sunday School class, almost invariably stopped to ask his friend, the proprietor, "Got a new one for me?" The bookseller would dust off a thriller with his sleeve. Preferably it was a de tective story, often paper-backed and yel low. The kindly old man would thrust it under his arm with a Bible commentary, chat a bit, take a substantial bite from a plug of chewing tobacco, and trudge on his way. Tradition, in Washington, always is brewing.