National Geographic : 1913 Mar
Photo and copyright by H. C. White Co. SHIP CANAL, LOOKING EAST: ISTHMUS OF CORINTH, GREECE The idea of a canal through the Isthmus of Corinth dates from Roman times, when the Emperor Nero started excavations in the year A. D. 67, but the project was soon abandoned, and not until 1893 was the canal actually opened. It is nearly 4 miles long, some 70 feet broad, and 26 feet deep, but the strength of the current running through it, together with its narrowness, impedes its full usefulness. of the old political leaders, who had con ceived the notion of choking him to death with power, he has confounded his enemies, amazed his friends, and jus tified all the fond hopes of the people, who regard him as the embodiment of their future and who have never ceased to hail him as the savior of Hellenism. Twice his ministry has been forced to appeal to the electorate-once by his own wish to test Greek public opinion and once because the constitutional limit had run against his government. In each case he has been swept back into office with a majority of cumbersome propor tions-and he has rightly counted him self as a man with a mandate to reor ganize Greece.