7 20851 Culehra Cut, Looking North-Deepest Excavation Along the Panama Canal
From New York, our starting point, to earth. One hundred and five monster
the Isthmus of Panama is a long journey. .steam shovels were at work. The com-
When we reach, the southern point of missary department received 350,000 Ibs.
Florida we .are but half way and our des- of beef, muttn and veal from Chicago
tination is exactly south of us. .On en- every month of the year.
The department of sanitation has
tering the canal, as Wee are. promised we
tearing the canal, as we'are promised we cleared the zone of yellow fever, and ha
may do on New Year's Day 1915, if not made of Panama, whose bad past record
before, We should still sail due south for. is notorious, a safer place to live than
one-fourth Of its length and then to the many of our cities at home.
southeast for the remaining three. f Culebra Mountain, 333 feet high, near
fourths. The "Canal Zone". is a strip the Pacific end of the canal offered the
forty-five miles long and ten miles wide greatest ba-rrier to the canal. This cut
across the isthmus lying either side of is nine miles long and here steam shovels
the canal. It is governed by the United', follow the .ear-splitting explosions of
States. In this zone are 38,000 govern- .dynamite, and behind them come dozens'
ment employees under the management of. compressed air drills in preparation
of our regular army. engineers. During for a new blast.
the dry season: of.1908, which corresponds Skirting the northern shore of South.
to our cold months, they took out over America we reach La Guayra, in Ven-
S two and one-third million tor.s of rock and ezuela.
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