National Geographic : 1965 Nov
Break from books: Boy and girl relax on the 165 acre campus of Washington University, founded in 1853. Some 14,200 students attend the university, more than half of them in night classes. Page out of the past-a St. Louis University coed studies a rare manuscript, projected from microfilm, in the Pius XII Memorial Library. Its riches include microfilm copies of more than 11 million handwritten pages from the Vatican Library, the most complete reproduction of Vat ican manuscripts in the Western Hemisphere. Mortarboards and tassels cap candidates for Master of Science degrees in nursing at Wash ington University's 104th commencement. EKTACHROME(ABOVE) AND KODACHROMES© N.G .S. river channel with red and black buoys, and the rivermen steer scrupulously by the buoys. Rounding sharp bends, the captain slowed our tow to a walk; sometimes he halted and backed up, swinging the bow out from shore -a maneuver he called a "flank tow." "It's like going around a curve in your automobile," he explained. "Your car slides if it's going too fast. So will a tow-right into the bank." A little later, Pilot Marvin Barnes took over the helm. Presently a northbound tow moved into view as we gingerly navigated a narrow turn. "This old river's getting to be a 628 regular highway," the peppery pilot declared. It always had been a highway, I thought; a highway that drained a continent. But never more than now. Today's ungainly steel barges haul millions more tons of freight every year than the steamboats did in their heyday. The mighty river system serves as the Nation's highway for steel goods, coal and coke, oil and gasoline, grain, sand and gravel, chemicals.* *The GEOGRAPHIC detailed the river's story in "The Upper Mississippi" (November, 1958) and "The Lower Mississippi" (November, 1960), both by Willard Price.