National Geographic : 1937 Apr
FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS SILT HAS FILLED THE CANAL, SO THE AUTHOR TOOK TO LAND WHEREWATER WAS DIVERTED FOR DEEPENING "About six miles below Tientsin," he writes (page 513), "our voyage in the 'net boat' abruptly ended. We continued on foot along the bottom ofthe Grand Canal!" Twenty thousand men had been pressed into service to dig out the accumulated silt and -carry it in baskets to the topofthe dikes. On completed stretches ofthe dry canal bed boys played baseball. One farmer had dug a well in the canal bottom and was carrying up buckets of water tohis fields.