Issue 18 and Volume 1895 18.

WATER SUPPLY Opinions differ as to the cost and time of completing the Panama Canal. Sir Henry Tyler, the English expert, thinks it can be done for $100,000,000 with its ten projected locks, its two huge dams for the restraint of the Chagres river, and six years as sufficient time. Mr. Colquhoun, on the other hand, (he was especially sent out to report on the part of the London “Times”) states that not more than one-third of the work has been done, and reports that the cost of the remainder will be largely in excess of $200,000,000, even if the project be feasible. But the Chagres river and the Culebra cut appear to him to be insurmountable obstacles. As to the Nicaragua project, however, which he studied thoroughly, he urges that the work should be done under the auspices of the United States Government, and estimates the cost of the…

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