The seeds and the rhizomes contain an abundance of starch, which renders them serviceable in some places for food.
None of these canals is serviceable at the present time, and few carry water in any part of their course, even in flood time.
It was devised by the Hudson's Bay Company for carrying freight, as a substitute for the less serviceable canoe, and was named after their York factory, the centre to which the traders brought down the furs for shipment to England and from which they took back merchandise and supplies to the interior of Rupert's Land.
"I would," he said, "be willing to be further serviceable to God and his people, but my work is done."
He stood between Scotland and France and Germany and France; and, though his expositions are vitiated by loose reading of the philosophers he interpreted, he did serviceable, even memorable work.