Col. J. G. Berrett, who, as a member of the board of directors, has been giving unremitting attention to the interests of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal, expresses the opinion in decided terms that the canal will be repaired and ready for full operation before the beginning of the next season. He said the work on the Georgetown level is progressing most favorably, and there is no reason to doubt it will be fully completed in the specified time. Arrangements are to be made at once for the repair of the line from Williamsport to Cumberland, and Col. Berrett said in a short time the prospects were that the contracts would be made to include that portion from Williamsport to the Georgetown level. He said that the interests affected by the canal along the whole line from Georgetown to Cumberland were many and varied, and it was a matter of vital concern to these alone to keep the canal in operation. In the single item of coal carriage the saving as between canal and railroad tolls would be sufficient to pay the interest on $500,000.
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