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Panama and the canal in picture and prose (1913) (14596890688)

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Panama and the canal in picture and prose (1913) (14596890688)

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Identifier: panamacanalinpic01abbo (find matches)
Title: Panama and the canal in picture and prose ..
Year: 1913 (1910s)
Authors: Abbot, Willis John, 1863-1934. (from old catalog)
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Publisher: New York (etc.) Pub. in English and Spanish by Syndicate publishing company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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exposedand an injury to them would as effectually put the lock out of commission as wouldthe wrecking of the controlling machinery. Col. Goethals has repeatedly declared his beliefthat the construction of the locks is sufficientlymassive to withstand any ordinary assaults withexplosives. No one man could carry and placesecretly enough dynamite to wreck or even seriouslyimpair the immediate usefulness of the locks. Evenin time of peace they will be continually guardedand patroled, while in time of war they will naturallybe protected from enemies on every side and evenin the air above. The locks are not out of rangeof a fleet in Limon Bay and a very few 13-inchnaval shells would put them out of commission.But for that very reason we are building forts atToro Point and its neighborhood to keep hostilefleets out of Limon Bay, and the United Statesnavy, which has usually given a good account ofitself in time of war, will be further charged withthis duty and will no doubt duly discharge it.
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COMMISSARY BUILDING AND FRONT STREET, COLON 372 PANAMA AND THE CANAL That the locks make the Canal more vulnerablethan a sea-level canal would have been is doubtlesstrue. The fact only adds to the argument in behalfof defending it by powerful forts and an adequatenavy. General Weaver, U. S. A., raised the only seriousquestion as to the sufficiency of the defenses on thePacific side in his testimony before the HouseCommitteee on Appropriations: My views are entirely in harmony with thoseexpressed by Col. Goethals. I think that the de-fenses are wholly adequate. The only question Ihave noted raised as to the adequacy of the defensehas been as to whether guns would not be mountedby an enemy on Taboga Island, and as to whetheran enemys ships could not stand behind TabogaIsland, and as to whether these land guns and navalguns could not from there control the water areain front of the Pacific terminus? The new type ofmortars that the Ordnance Department is making for the fortifications at P

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