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A Memphis man has sent to the Governor of Mississippi the draft of a plan for shortening the Mississippi river. The proposition is to lessen the distance between Cairo and New Orleans three hundred miles, by damming the the Red river near its junction with the Mississippi, so as to throw the waters which seek an outlet through Red river into the Atchafalaya and Berwick is Bay. To avoid damaging the commerce of New Orleans, an iron lock is to be placed in the dam, so as to let boats into and out of the Mississippi through Red river. Another part on the plan contemplates opening all the outlets, both natural and artificial, from near the mouth of Red river, on the west bank of the Mississippi river, to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and straightening small streams, thus opening a system of drainage through a country embracing the best portions of Arkansas.
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