This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ... an entirely temperance joint laughter, and I know I was in the full possession of my faculties. So that to-night, instead of saying east ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ... an entirely temperance joint laughter, and I know I was in the full possession of my faculties. So that to-night, instead of saying east and west or north and south, I shall speak of toward the Atlantic Ocean or toward the Pacific Ocean, and toward North America or toward South America, meaning thereby to make myself better understood. In the first place, the problems that surround the building of the canal have their inception in the physical features of the Isthmus itself. Therefore I can make myself better understood by describing, briefly, the Isthmus. Those of you who may look at a map of the Western Hemisphere will note a continuous chain of mountains running near the Pacific Coast, the entire range of both the North and South Americas. These mountains in the Northwest are known as the Cascade Range; in California they are known as the'Sierra Nevada Range; in Mexico as the Sierra Madre Range, and in South America as the Andes Mountains. But it is all one chain of mountains, the backbone of the Western Hemisphere. At various points in both North and South America that chain of mountains reaches a tremendous altitude, while at other points a lesser altitude; and in the Isthmus of Panama it sinks so low it might better be described as a range of hills than as a chain of mountains. Now, then, the earlier discoverers found in the Isthmus of Panama, along that range of hills, two hills. We will assume for a moment that the range runs this way indicates and the two hills stand like that indicates. Between those two hills is a low saddle. That low saddle constitutes the lowest point of land between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, from Alaska to Cape Horn. The early discoverers found that, and when the Panama Railroad was built they built their line through ...Read Less
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