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The Panama Canal

Of late attention has been directerl to getting a streak of water through tho Panama Canal at any cost, _ and to accomplish this most frenzied charts were made in vain. There are said to have been as many as 23,000 men on the works at one time, and there must bo quite L 2,000,000 worth of machinery and tools still on the isthmus. In desperation the scheme of the level canal was abandoned, and one with locks substituted. There was to be a lock at kilometre 22 5, lifting 20ft; another at kilometre 37, with a similar lift; another at kilometre 43 5, with a lift of 36ft; another at kilometre 46, with a similar lift ; another with a similar lift reaching the summit; and then five locks down the Pacific Slope. This would make the summit of the French canal 50ft above the level of Lake Nicaragua. But it will require a good deal of water to lift ocean liners 160 ft up a hillside ; and for the three upper locks this would have to be pumped, as there is scarcely any water on the top. In the Nicaraguan ‘scheme the lake gives the supply; but on the Culbra there are only the mountain rille. There is, however, no one difficulty about the canal which has not already been overcome in some engineering experience; it is the aggregation of difficulties that has proved so crushing. L 56,000,000 have been sunk on the works, and how the scheme would pay financially is not apparent.—‘Leisure Hour.’

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The Panama Canal, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement

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The Panama Canal Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement

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