Canal


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CANAL. A trench dug for leading water in a particular direction, and confining it.
     2. Public canals are generally protected by the law which authorizes their being made. Various points have arisen under numerous laws authorizing the construction of canals, which have been decided in cases reported in 1 Yeates, 430; 1 Binn. 70; 1 Pennsyl. 462; 2 Pennsyl. 517; 7 Mass. 169; 1 Sumu. 46; 20 Johns. 103, 735; 2 Johns. 283; 7 John. Ch. 315; 1 Wend. 474; 5 Wend. 166; 8 Wend. 469; 4 Wend. 667; 6 Cowen, 698; 7 Cowen, 526 4 Hamm. 253; 5 Hamm. 141, 391; 6 Hamm. 126; 1 N. H. Rep. 339; See River.

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Them canal boats is what you may call the wooden walls of England.
I was, as the French say, biting my fists with impatience for that cargo frozen up-country; with rage at that canal set fast, at the wintry and deserted aspect of all those ships that seemed to decay in grim depression for want of the open water.
Besides, you are interested, I know, in International Canal schemes.
From the palace to the gloomy prison is but a step--one might almost jump across the narrow canal that intervenes.
You could wander along the canal till you came to broad green fields, with windmills here and there, in which cattle, black and white, grazed lazily.
There ran into the river, a little way off, a narrow canal bordered by poplars, and along the banks of this after their day's work they often wandered.
They tied a policeman and the bear back to back and put the bear into the Moyka Canal.
He arrived next morning at Haarlem, fatigued but triumphant; and, to do away with every trace of the theft, he transplanted the tulip, and, breaking the original flower-pot, threw the pieces into the canal.
When the one chair in the room was at its usual place before the table, the canal was unnavigable.
The outside of the building, with its fine Palladian front looking on the canal, was wisely left unaltered.
Well, I have half a mind to upset you in the canal.
It had welded into one compact political mass the whole of North America from the Panama Canal to the Arctic Ocean.