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,be pushed through with all possible
energy and speed. If there are fur
ther slips and sinkings in the Gatun
dam foundations they will be accepted
as a part of the day's worlc, and opera
jtions will proceed. If there are criti
icisms at home or abroad they will be
allowed to pass as wind, and no more
attention will be paid to them. If the
cost springs up to $400,000,000, which
It probably will, though the amount is
twice the original estimate, Uncle
Sam will be expected to dig down in
his pocket without even a wry face,
for what is a little matter of expense
ithat it should stand in the way of
wedding the two oceans? A lock canal
it is, and that is all about it. Those of
us who held different opinions may as
well swallow twice and prepare as
good Americans to cheer for the offi
cially adopted program. The lake, the
dam, the three levels and all the rest
of it for ours! Let Colonel "Vanilla-
Bean,*' a few windy congressmen and
the "yellows" rave as they will. The
president, the president elect and the
engineers say that the lock type goes,
and the remainder of our 90,000,000
"sovereigns," more or less, must wheel
into line. Moreover, Colonel Goethals,
the man on the job, states that the ca
nal will positively be finished by Jan.
1, 1915, and Taft, who is to be the
man on the bigger job and who has
just been down at Panama to see for
himself, has a secret hope that the
first ship will go through by March 4,
1913. That sounds fine and may or
may not come true. We can only wait
and see. In the meantime this much is
certainthat American efficiency, sani
tation and spirit have transformed
Panama and that the dirt is flying in
the big ditch. Sufficient unto the day
are the goods delivered thereby. De
spite all natural obstacles and regard
less of the wails of the pessimists, the
Panama canal will be built, and the
builder will be your Uncle Sam. That
will be glory enough for us all.
Panama Canal
How Colonel Goethals and His Army of Workers Are Shovel-
ing Out Landscapes and Blowing Up Mountain Sides.
Present Condition of the Lock Type Waterway
That Is to Wed Two Mighty Oceans.
By JAMES A EDGERTON.
WILLI vM LAFT LNM'i'X'TLNG 1'Hri I'AAAMA CAAAL, A IEW
OF THE GATLW DAM FROM THE SPILLWAY AND OOLONET.
GEORGE \V GOETHALS, THE MAN OX THE JOB
The More Slides the Better.
It was that slip in the Gatun dam
foundations which caused the trouble
and sent Taft scurrying down there to
see what it was all about. Arriving
on the scene, he found the imperturba
ble Goethals and his army of helpers
shoveling out landscape and blowing
up mountain ranges as though nothing
had happened. What was a little slip
and squashing of mud to them? They
had had four or five such slides before
and expected others in future. The
more the better. They would only
make the dam foundations the more
solid. So Taft and his engineers went
back to the States in a gale of op
timism. Everything is right and tight
*t Panama, they reported, and will
-oii please stop setting -back-fires?
'Join the boosters' brigade and quit
knocking. Goethals is digging dirt,
Uncle Sam is digging coin, and the
waiters should dig for cover. Anybody
ha opposes the lock type is "agri
the government" and an obstruct i-'i
on the face of the universe senoraM-
Be good. Everything is over at Pana-
A last it is settled. It is to be a ma except putting up the money and
lock canal, and there are to be sailing the ships. People who insist on
no more changes of plans or un- getting windy and advertising them
selves at the expense of the canal will
be severely ignored or if they grow
last it is settled I is to be a
lock canal and there are to be
no more of plans un
certainties. The enterprise is to
too noisy will be sent to jail. As for
the ditch itself, it is as good as finish-
ed.' So there you are.
Speaking privately, I know nothing
against the Panama canal program, I
desire to know nothing against the
Panama canal program, and if I did
know anything against the Panama
canal program I would not tell it. I
have no yearning to be joe-pulitzer
ized and tried for libeling "the govern
ment and its brother-in-law." More
over, the lock type is good enough for
me. All the ships I have to send through
the canal will gladly, even eagerly, go
up three flights of locks or even seven
flights if that accords with the collec
tive wisdom of those who are doing
the trick. They are welcome to make
this thing a regular water stairway
without any protest of mine. I do not
pine for a District of Columbia jail or
a membership in the Ananias club. As
for that Gatun dam foundation, it may
be mud all the way down, the bottom
may fall out of it, it may suddenly
subside throughout its more than a
mile of length and half mile of thick
ness, and as a consequence the blue
clay may erupt all over the free and
independent republic of Panama. It
may do all these things, and more, and
never get an "I told you so" from me. I
never said it. My own opinion is that
it is as solid as the rock of ages. That
is the official verdict, and it gets my
vote. Roosevelt has said it, Taft has
said it, and that settles it. The lock
type forever. Hoo-ray!
As for Panama itself, or "the strip,"
to be more precise, it has begun to
look like a section of God's own coun
try. It has had its face washed and its
hair combed. Its chief products are no
longer dirt, disease, "greasers" and
revolutions. The Yankee flag, the Yan
kee doctor, the Yankee schoolma'am
and the Yankee broom have made it a
place fit for the habitation of man. In
place of the musical stegomyia and
anopheles, each with its burden of yel
low fever or malaria, there are now
heard the chug of the American loco
motive, the voices of school children
and the flapping of the' stars and
stripes. The swamps are drained, the
jungles cleared, the streets cleaned,
and the people occasionally take a
bath.
Almost a Law Made Paradise.
Throughout the entire "strip" Bella
my's "Looking Backward" is a re
alized dream. The government is the
Whole thing. It runs the railroads, the
Btores, the doctors, the houses, the
Sanitation, the dredges, the steam
fchovels, the bakeshops, the pie coun
ters, the wash ladies and everything
except the saloons, which it runs out.
Bellamy's coupon system is even In
rogue, these coupons being as good as
the currency of the realm at the gov
ernment stores. To cap all, Bellamy's
military system for civil life, his army
of workers and all the rest are in full
force. The combination would make a
man rub his eyes and fancy that he
SCTBji
bad awakened In some future century,
had invaded some Utopia that is to be.
Everybody is well paid, so that there
is no danger of labor troubles. All are
well housed, well fed, protected from
disease and made to behave them
selves. They live in a forced state of
happiness and decency. And they
seem to like it. If there was ever pa
ternalism in this world it is in Uncle
Sam's ten mile wide strip across Pana
ma. Even the supply ships that bob
in and out of the ports on the Pacific
and Atlantic are run by the govern
ment. It is as nearly a law made
paradise as can be got up on short no
tice in such a God forsaken climate.
There are schools, churches and even
women's clubs. The suffragette has
not yet appeared, but give her time.
All the other luxuries of civilization
are on hand except grand opera and
divorce courts. These can be depend
ed on to follow the flag. And the beau
ty of the whole strip is that it is
American. The workmen are of all
colors and nationalities, but the hustle,
the confidence, the system and the hu
mor are United States. That is the
reason the canal is as certain to be
built as the world is to turn. The peo
ple that have made a nation out of
raw materials are not going to be
stopped by a little forty-eight mile
isthmus. America is to dominate the
Pacific, and the Panama canal is the
key to the Pacific. The dream of 300
years is to come true, and the water
path sought by Columbus is to be cut
from the east to the west. Whether
it is to be done by locks or sea level is
a mere detail. The great thing is that
it is to be done, and speedily. It is but
fitting that this work which is to open
the gate to a new civilization should
be done under Industrial conditions so
ideal that they themselves seem a fore
taste of that new civilization. Broth
erhood Is becoming ever more of a re
ality in the world, and who knows but
that organized industry is to be one of
the aspects of brotherhood!
When Goethals Orders.
Colonel George Washington Goe
thals, the man in charge at Panama,
is worth a story in himself. Rather, he
is worth several stories, and here are
two of them. Before Goethals* arrival
the civilian engineers had not kept the
strictest discipline. Orders were giv
en, but some of the subordinates had
other ideas. There was consequent dis
cussion, and maybe the orders were
carried out and maybe they were not.
Well, Goethals gave an order. An un
derofficial undertook to show him
how dead wrong that order was. Goe
thals listened quietly, saying nothing
until the official paused, out of breath,
and added, "I hope you see the point
of my argument."
"But," said the colonel, speaking for
the first time, "I was not arguing. I
was giving orders. Please see that
they are carried out."
They were.
At another time a house was to be
built for one of the officials, and it
seemed that there was to be several
months' delay. The official complained
to Goethals.
"Get into my carriage," said the
colonel, "and we will go over and see
about it."
Arrived on the ground, the foreman
was called up and informed that the
house was to be ready for occupancy
on Nov. 15. He started to explain that
it would not be possible to finish it
within a year, when something in Goe
thals' eye disconcerted him, and he
wound up lamely that he would do the
best he could.
"You did not understand me," quiet
ly said the colonel. "What I said was
that the house is to be ready on Nov
15."
And the house was ready.
After two or three of the early canal
engineers and officials threw up their
jobs President Roosevelt said, with a
snap of the jaws*
"I am going to send a man down
there who will stay on the job until I
say he can quit."
Hustling at the Isthmus.
He sent Goethals, and Goethals is
staying. In the two years since he
took charge things have beeft moving
at Panama. President Elect Taft on
his recent visit to the isthmus saw
over a hundred steam shovels in oper
ation, half a thousand drills preparing
for dynamite blasts to eat away the
sides of mountains, track lifters that
moved whole sections of railway to
new beds in almost the twinkling of
an eye, two dredges cutting their way
into the land from the Atlantic and
Pacific sides, an immense new spill
way being constructed for the Chagres
river, cores being made for the im
mense dams, and all this work of ex
cavation, construction and preparation
going forward with more rapidity than
any similar work was ever prosecuted
in the history of the world. Moreover,
he found a death rate as low as that
of the average American city, and
he also found 38,000 human beings in
the canal organization, all of them im
bued with one spirit and intent on one
end, that of carrying through this
greatest engineering feat of the cen
turies to success. In the highest sense
of the term it was an army of peace,
working with perfect military disci
pline to win a battle with nature, and
behind it all was the quiet man who
would stay until he was told to quit.
George Washington Goethals was
born in Brooklyn in 1852. He gradu
ated from West Point, where he was
an instructor in military and civil en
gineering for many years. Afterward
he was in charge of the Mussel shoals
canal construction on the Tennessee
river, member of the board of forti
fications in the coast and harbor de
fense and chief of engineers during
the Spanish-American war.
This is the man in charge at Pana
ma, and when he gives his word that
ships will be passing through the ca
nal by Jan. 1, 1915, we can rest as
sured that he will make good
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