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1830, the General Court was at the scheme once more! In 1860, a committee inspired by the Governor and aided by the United States Government made surveys and estimated the cost of the canal to be between five and ten millions.
In 1870, the General Court granted a Charter for the construction of the Canal, to Alpheus Hardy, whose summer home was at Bourne, near the proposed Buzzard's Bay
OLD STYLE BUCKET DREDGE at Work. entrance. The charter was five times extended, but the owners to undertake the project, and, in 1883. did nothing more than make a survey. the privileges of a charter were granted
This charter was succeeded by a grant to Frederick Lockwood, who was to to Henry M. Whitney, the Cape Breton undertake the work of construction at coal, iron and steamship man. Whitney one million dollars per mile. Lockwood had associated with him a coterie of big built an enormous dredging machine and New England financial powers, but after dug a big ditch about three-quarters of an investigation and estimation of the a mile in length. The whole spasm of cost of the construction work, he refused activity was a failure. Lockwood had
the dredge towed back to Scussett harbor most practicable and probable solution of and incendiaries burned it. The sum the puzzle that has appeared in the enuselessly expended in this fizzle was tire two hundred years of talking and $1,000,000!
chartering and surveying. And one of Therefore when you mention the“Cape the most significant features of this latCod Canal” in Massachusetts you call est proposition is the fact that there is, attention to something which holds as at the head of it, William L. Douglas, secure a place in history as the Sacred one of the shrewdest and soundest busiCodfish of the Old State House, itself. ness men of New England. Douglass But, in the New York, Boston and does not go into wild schemes. The Brockton Canal project there exists the Cape Cod Canal will be dug.
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THE greatest masters of business by the conviction that he alone is equal to
are all idealists. They dream the necessary struggle.
compelling visions. They are The general offices of the Great Northprophets and seers and poets. They are ern railroad company at St. Paul are not "possessed of spirits." And by the de- housed in an impressive building. It is gree to which they subordinate every an old-fashioned elevator which carries other human desire and passion to the one up to the office of the president. The supreme work of making their dreams furniture and fittings of the offices are recome true is their greatness measured. markable only for their plainness and the
Shakespeare stole plots and lifted in- look of hard use about them. A big cidents and episodes, with no thought of desk, generous in both width and depth, apology to the smaller men whose paste stands in a small room opening from the he turned into diamonds and whose brass outer office and before it sits an old man, he transformed into massy gold. And to with a tremendous head and torso and the whole world he is justified of his short, thick limbs. The big, bald dome of works. So the master poet, whose lines his head is thatched at the back and more are measured by the rhythmic clicking scantily at the sides with a thick, rough of car-wheels over steel 'rails, tramples crop of iron gray hair, worn much longer on the rights of little people, with no than the prevailing fashion. His nose is feeling of personal enmity, no conscious large and prominent and his lower lip ness, indeed, of wrong doing, but simply plainly projects even through the short, in obedience to the irresistible creative rough gray beard., will which must realize its vision.
He talks courteously, yet with the But business is a battle, as well as a poorly-concealed impatience of one who ballad. Its raw materials are not inert grudges each minute. Now and then, to words, summoned obediently from the emphasize a point he stops and smiles, pages of a dictionary, but sentient creat- slowly. But the smile is of the lips, ures, with passions and wills of their alone. The dark eyes, far back under own, which are harder, therefore, to han- thick, bushy brows, have no part in it. dle and arrange each in its own proper They are eternally sombre and reflective, niche. And there is always another man fixed on the vision which for fifty years with a domed forehead and a square jaw, has possessed and controlled the treobsessed by another vision, the realiza- mendous will which sees through them. tion of which would mean that the first That dream would have been realized must remain always a mere castle in the long ago, but for the fact that it has conair. So to the high pleasure of creation is stantly expanded and grown greater by added the vast joy of a fight with a what it fed upon. worthy foe. Which is a sufficient answer It was just half a century ago this to the insistent questioning of smaller vear that James Jerome Hill left his people why the great man of affairs father's backwoods farm in Canada and sticks to his task long after he has came straight across country to the head achieved every ambition which their un- of navigation on the Mississippi. Alinspired imaginations can conceive. It is ready, in his life time, he has become alnot the love of money; it is not the feel- most a traditional figure and a whole coling of power; it is not the fascination of lection of myths have grown up around the game; it is the compelling necessity him. Men tell that a casual traveler, ridof making his dreams come true, backed ing his horse through the wilds of Can