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Ships for the Seven Seas: The Story of America's Maritime Needs, Her Capabilities,
NEW YORK-THE METROPOLIS OF MANKIND
BY WILLIAM JOSEPH SHOWALTER
AUTHOR OF "THE PANAMA CANAL," "How THE WORLD IS FED,” “Steel-THE Nation's
GREATEST Asset," ETC.
This is the first of a series of articles concerning the principal cities of the United States which will appear from time to time in the NatioNAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. In word and picture these articles will tell the story of what these cities are today, what problems they are facing, what futures they are planning, and what rôles they are playing in the nation's activities.
ITH German submarines creep- olis. In population it outranks any one ing up to the very portals of its of half the nations of the earth, surpasses
busy harbor, with precautions that of the entire continent of Australia, being taken lest on some unguarded, and matches the combined strength of the moonless night an enemy hydro-airplane, six westernmost States of the American laden with bombs of destruction, descend Union.
Union. In annual expenditures it exupon it out of the sky, the eyes of the
yes of the ceeds all except seven of the fifty-odd whole world are focused
upon New York.
nations on the map. Its water system A city which the great war has made the earth's international trade center and civ
could supply the whole earth with drinkilization's crowning metropolis, Gotham ing water, and its storage reservoirs hold now commands a new interest, arouses a
enough to slake civilization's thirst for new pride in its achievements, excites a
more than a year. Its electric transpornew feeling of wonder, and stirs in every
tation lines carry nearly twice as many American breast a realization that it is a passengers in twelve months as all the city of all the people, national in all its
steam railroads of the United States. aspects and relations.
They could give every man, woman, and Conspicuous above every other phase child living a ride every ten months—so of its greatness, of course, is its rôle as much for the yardstick of comparison. an international trade center. Last year
THE MAJESTY OF THE CITY'S SMALL exports passing out of its harbor had a
THINGS greater value than the combined exports of Asia, Africa, and Australia. The im- New York is of all cities the one where ports coming through its customs lines the majesty of small things is regarded exceeded in value those of the continents as well as the greatness of large ones. of South America, Africa, and Australia Who counts a nickel? Yet the greatest together.
transportation system of the ages was For such operations as these, New built by nickels prospective, and lives on York, perforce, must be a great metrop- nickels realized. Who reckons a dime,