There were no broad, smooth highways as there are now.
The chief objects for which the city debt was created were in 1907, in millions of dollars: highways, 24.07, parks, 16.29, drainage and sewers, 15.05, rapid transit, 13.57 and water-works, 4.53.
The police that guard his house, the local boards which care for the poor, control highways, provide water, all derive their powers from the state.
The latter have the management of county buildings, such as courthouses ar,d prisons, have power to lay out new main highways, to grant licences, and to apportion among the towns and cities the taxation necessary to meet county expenses.
Of the great urban centres, that is established to-day in the river lowlands, reflects the role that water highways have played in the peopling of the country.