Full text: Zeitungsausschnitte über Werke von Herman Grimm: Unüberwindliche Mächte

essisches Staatsarchiv Marburg, Best. 340 Grimm Nr. Z 36 
244 The Suez Canal 
feet; and these moulds were carried gines, were provided in abundance and 
by another set of wagons to a large with careful adaptation to the peculiar 
yard, where they remained to dry and work in hand. The workshops and 
harden by the heat of the sun for yards, and the mechanical apparatus 
about two months each. The blocks, used in constructing the canal, were 
coming from the moulds in a state of not the least interesting part of the 
•complete hardness, were then lifted by spectacle to those who went over the 
steam derricks upon cars, which, mov- line on the great inauguration occa- 
ing upon tramways, took them to their sion. 
places of submergence on the lines of The effect of the canal in shortening 
the breakwaters. the voyage to India is of course differ- 
For a considerable space on the ent for each point of departure. From 
centre of the line of the canal the face Constantinople it is 6,100 leagues to 
of the country — in the basin of the Bombay by the Cape route, and only 
“Bitter Lakes” — is below the level 1,800 by the Red Sea. This is the 
of the canal; so that nothing was re- extreme case. From Marseilles the 
quired but to let the sea-water run two distances are 5,650 leagues, and 
in. "When the canal was finished from 2,374; showing a saving by the canal 
Port Said to the beginning of this de- of just about half. From New York 
pression of the surface, so as to admit the Cape route is about 6,200 leagues, 
a sufficient passage of water, the flow- and the canal route about 3,700 ; and 
age was commenced; and it required the figures for New Orleans do not 
ten months of an estimated flow of a materially vary, 
hundred and seventy-five millions of The English croakers complain that 
cubic feet a day, to fill the basin. a depth of twenty-four feet, or four 
The rest of the work has been done fathoms, is not sufficient to float an old- 
by means of a magnificent array of fashioned East Indiaman. But it is to 
mechanical contrivances made in Eu- be remembered that the canal is ex 
rope, and set up along the line and pected to do away, in a measure, with 
in the various work-yards by the in- those vast galleons. It is meant to 
ventors and constructors themselves, make the European trade with India a 
Crushers, dredges of all kinds, worked coasting trade; and no maritime nation 
by steam or hand, some opening at the has ever found it expedient to do its 
bottom, others at the sides; derricks, coasting trade in vessels of the largest 
tugs, stationary and locomotive en- size. 
S 
Me Examiner. 
No. II. 
" Mr. O’Neil,” said a pitiless American, persecuting a young Irish 
curate of the late establishment, " What book, written by any English 
man or Irishman in the last twenty-five years, will be remembered or 
quoted in 1960 ? ” 
The young clergyman faltered a moment, but with Irish audacity ral 
lied, and finally cited the " Bishop of Ossory’s Charge.” From among 
Carlyles, Tennysons, Milmans, Martineaus, and Huxleys, the Bishop 
of Ossory was to rise, gold amid fallen clay, and his " Charge ” to be 
the representation to another century of the Victorian age. . 
Since we heard of this reply, we have besieged libraries and tortured 
importers, till at last our eyes rested on this " Charge,” conscious, indeed, 
that prophets and kings had died without .the sight. When it came, 
alas, we did not agree in opinion with Mr. O’Neil! 
The story is a useful one to critics, because it shows the extreme risk 
we run when in our enthusiasm for whatever is the great book of the 
present moment, we dare to state its value for the future. That is in 
deed a melancholy suggestion of Mr. Emerson’s, that any man who will 
put off for a year the books which everybody says he must read, will get 
along without ever reading nine out of ten of them ; the names of so 
many being forgotten before the year is ended. Another set of all-im 
portant books have swept in before that time, and " set number one ” is 
good " for reference,” as people say, or for its weight in paper. 
We are quite conscious of such difficulties and dangers, as we approach 
the delicate office of naming the book which is most likely to be printed, 
quoted and beloved a century hence, from among the five hundred or 
more which have been added to the catalogues of English literature, as 
the last month has gone by. It is with due caution, and by no hasty 
verdict, that we venture the opinion that that book is Mr. Lowell’s 
" Cathedral,” the most elaborate and perhaps the noblest of his poems. 
We shall attempt, in an early number, some adequate review of it. 
There is another class of publications of the season, not so much as 
alluded to in the catalogues, with no chance for future fame, yet of im 
mense value in the present, and deserving a much wider recognition 
than they popularly receive. It is made up of the elaborate annual 
reports of the officers of the National Government, and of the several
	        

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