A CANAL ACROSS ITALY.

A CANAL ACROSS ITALY.

It is proposed to commence a canal upon the western shore of Italy, just above Civita Vecchia, at Castre, and to cut through to Fano on the eastern or Adriatic shote. A glance at the map of Italy will show that in this line two lakes are met, those of Bolsena and Trasimeno, and it is proposed to drain these two lakes, thus securing the area for cultivation. The length of the canal will be about 169 miles, the width of it no yards, and its depth is to be about 13 yards, so that ships of any tonnage, and even men-of-war, will be able to pass through it. The cost of the canal is reckoned at 500,000,000 (rancs, that is £20,000,000. It is estimated that the work could be completed in five years from its commencement. The Italian journals are highly interested in the project, and are taking up the matter warmly, and when the fact of the long sea passage round the south coast of Italy and up the stormy Adriatic to Trieste and Venice is remembered, certainly the canal would be of immense service to the whole of Southern Europe.—London Figaro,

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