effort and brain power. As a conse
quence each man had a personal in
terest in the work and seemed im
bued with the idea that the success
of the enterprise depended on him.
The spirit of enthusiasm and of loy
alty among the canal workers strikes
forcibly everyone who visits the isth
mus and convinces the doubting hdw
the canal was built.
The time required for completing
the lock type of canal was estimated
by the board of 1905, which made its
report in January, 1906, at nine years,
in accordance with which the work
should be completed by January 1,
1915, and this is still retained as the
date for the official opening.
Much has been said and predicted
as to the commercial value of the
canal to the United States. In this
connection it must be remembered
that the commercial shipping of this
country never required the canal.
The trip of the Oregon in 1898 set
tled the question of the advisability
of constructing an isthmian canal,
and had the canal been built at that
time, thereby saving the trip around
the Horn, there is no question that
it would have been agreed generally
that the canal, even at the expendi
ture of $375,000,000, was worth
With properly regulated tolls, and
with facilities for fully equipping,
supplying and repairing ships, the
Panama route would offer many ad
vantages and bring to it a. sufficiently
remunerative return to pay not only
for the operating expenses, but to
gradually absorb the debt which the
United States has incurred by its con
struction. It has been asserted in many quar
ters that the locks might be'destroy
ed by one 'or two men placing dyna
mite or other high explosives in them.
In order to accomplish the destruc
tion of the locks it would be neces
sary to place the charge very care
fully in them. To do that would take
time, and what would our men be do
ing in the meantime? One man could
not carry a sufficient quantity to de
stroy the locks. You would have to
locate the charge behind a gate and
in a certain place behind the gate in
order to disable the canal, and ypu
must destroy the gates to destroy thet
canal. I cannot imagine what people'
operating the canal and the menhav
charge of its defense would be doing,
in the meantime.
Another chap and your humble
servant found time hanging rawther
heavy on our hands one night, and I
suggested patronizing a dramatic en
tertainment, don't you know. My
friend advocated attending a motion
photograwph performance, saying:
"Come on to the movinks, pal, and
get the reel goods. Take it from me,
the gitt opry is the only place to
throttle dull care and get an eyeful.
It will only cost us a silver shill, or
two buffaloes to skate in, and well
have more fun than a handbox full
of grasshoppers. Let's lampthe flick
er show actorines jump around on
the whitewash. Are you on?"
My word !
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Ninety per cent of the stenogra
phers today are women.
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